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THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES

 

John 15:1-11

 

June 4th 2017

 

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Intro – The Lord uses an illustration to teach us about our relationship to Him. He uses the word “abide” ten times in these verses. Abide comes from the root Greek word “meno” and it means to remain, stay or continue. Jesus is encouraging us to remain in a right relationship with Him.

 

 

 

I. The Vine, Vinedresser and branches.

 

A. Jesus is the “true” Vine.  Jn.14:6, Jn.3:36, Jn.17:3

 

B. God the Father is the Vinedresser.  Is.5:4, Mt.20:1, Mt 21:40

 

C. Believers are the branches. Rom.11:19-21

 

D. If you are not a believer you have never become a part of the Vine.

 

 

 

II. Some branches bear fruit.

 

A. These are pruned. (cleansed)  2Tim.2:21, 1Jn.1:7+9, 1Jn.3:3,

 

B. They bear fruit because they abide (remain) in Christ. Jn.17:17, Phil.1:9-11

 

C. They bear much fruit. Heb.12:11, Rev.3:19, 2Tim.3:16-17, Gal.5:22-23

 

D. They prove God’s power.

 

1. To answer prayer. 1Jn.5:14-15

 

2. To make disciples. Mt.28:19

 

 

 

III. Some branches do not bear fruit.

 

A. Because they do not remain in Christ.  (4)

 

B. These are removed. (2)

 

C. They are thrown away. (6)

 

1. Gathered – Matt.13:41

 

2. Cast into the fire and burned. Mt.7:19, Mt.13:42

 

 

 

Con. As we trust and obey we will remain in Christ and Christ in us. His love will be our Joy and motivation.  We will be able to say with Paul. Gal.2:20

 

 

ASK, SEEK, KNOCK

 

Luke 11:9-10

 

May 28th 2017

 

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Intro – Jesus is teaching us about prayer. He illustrates with a persistent person and loving father to help us understand that we need to be persistent and know we have a Father who loves us more than any human father.

 

Today we focus on vs.9-10 concerning prayer.

 

 

 

I. “Everyone who asks.”  (verbal)

 

A.  Know Who you’re asking.  Mt.6:8, Lk 12:30, Jn. 16:24, Eph.3:20

 

B. The promise is given to believers. Jn.15:7,

 

C.  Know what you’re are asking for. 

 

1. For others. Col.1:9

 

2. For workers. Lk.10:2

 

3. For wisdom. James 1:5

 

D. Know how you’re asking.

 

1. Have the right motives. James 4:3

 

2. According to His will. Mt.6:10, Jn.14:14, 1Jn.5:14

 

3. In a right relationship. 1Pet.3:7, 1Jn.3:22

 

 

 

II. “he who seeks”.  (mental)

 

A. Seek for Jesus not signs and wonders. Mt.12:39, 2Thess.2:8-9, Mt.7:22-23

 

B. Seek beyond your selfish needs. Lk.17:33, Mt.6:33

 

C. Seek for the things of God. Prov.11:27, Prov.18:15, Is.26:9, 1Cor.4:18

 

 

 

III. “to him who knocks” (physical)

 

A. Put action into your prayers. Mt.25:35, 40, James 1:22

 

B. If you ask for workers be willing to work. Mt.28:19

 

 

 

Con. Ask for God’s will to be done in your life, seek out what His will is in His word and then go and serve       Him faithfully.

 

 

CHRISTIAN PARENTS

 

John 17:7-8

 

May 15th, 2017

 

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Intro – In our text Jesus is praying for His disciples. When Jesus prayed for his disciples He did so as a father or mother would pray for their children. It’s good to remember He saw them as His children. As believers He sees us as His children. Jn.1:12, Jn.21:5, 1Jn.3:1.  So I want us to consider what is said in these verses today as something a parent would do for their children.

 

 

 

I. We will share God’s word with our children.

 

A. Pass along God’s word to your children. Prov.22:6, Eph.6:4, 2Tim.1:5

 

B. Teach children to “love the Lord” above all else. Deut.6:5-7

 

C. Teach children right from wrong. Ps.119:105, 1Cor.6:9-10

 

D. Teach children truth from fiction. Lk.12:5, 2Tim.4:3-4, 1Tim.4:1

 

 

 

II. We will live our lives as an example. 1Pet.2:21, Mt.11:29

 

A. The best way to teach is by example. Phil.3:17, Phil.4:9, Titus 2:7-8. 

 

B. OT examples. James 5:10. Noah, Abraham, Job. Matt.16:24

 

C. We make sure our children understand. 2Tim.2:15, 2Pet.3:16

 

 

 

III. We will teach our children how to believe.

 

A. Believing is more than just knowing. Rom.10:9

 

B.  Can your children see that you are trusting Jesus? 2Tim.1:12

 

C. Talk with them about the way of salvation. 1Jn.1:9, Rom.10:13, Jn.1:12, 1Pet.1:8, 1Jn.5:13

 

 

Con. – Parents here today are setting a good example but make sure your children know that the reason you are here is because you believe

 

JOY MADE FULL

 

John 17:13-23

 

May 21st 2017

 

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Intro –The Lord wants you to serve Him joyfully. He wants His joy made full in you. Although this prayer is made for the disciples we see it applies to us also in verse 20. There are 3 things that will lead to having this joy in our lives. It starts with you being a believer. Jn.3:29, Is.54:5

 

 

 

I. He prays that God would keep us from the evil one. (14-16)

 

A. We live in a hostile world. (14)  Jn.15:9, 1Pet.5:8

 

B. Jesus will not allow Satan to overcome us. Rom.8:37, 1Jn.4:4

 

C. When we see things from God’s perspective we understand and we are victorious. Phil.3:8,Rom.8:38-39

 

 

 

II. He prays that God would sanctify us. (17-19)

 

A. It is accomplished through the word of God. Ps.1:2, Mal.3:16,18, 1Tim.4:13,

 

B. It means to be set aside for the Lord’s work.  1Jn.4:1, 2Tim.3:16-17, Heb.5:14

 

C. It means being willing to follow God’s will without compromise. Rom.12:2

 

 

 

III. He prays for us (His church) to be unified. (20-23). Mt.16:18, Mt.18:17, 1Cor.1:2

 

A. Unified with the teachings of Christ. (21) Phil.2:5, Heb.10:23-25,

 

B.  Not with heretics or false teachers. Don’t unite with those who do not follow the word. 2Cor.6:14

 

C. Unite with others who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. (22) 1Cor.12:13, Phil.1:27

 

1. Unity is not uniformity (every person thinking alike).

 

2. Christ like unity is found in believers who may differ on things but they can still worship together.

 

3. If you cannot worship with another person than there is a division, not unity, around God’s word.

 

D. The believer’s unity is built around their faith in Christ. Jn14:6

 

 

Con. – The fact that we gather here and worship each Sunday shows the world that we are unified in our efforts to reach the world for Christ. 

 

HOLD FAST

 

Hebrews 4:14-16

 

May 7th 2017

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Intro -  Our confirmands have shared their testimony of their faith in Christ with us. A testimony is a starting point, it’s important to remember that we need to continue in our walk with the Lord. Our text today gives us good reasons to do that.

 

 

 

I. Hold fast your confession of faith in Jesus. (14)

 

A.  Because He has promised to come again.    Acts 1:9-11, Jn.14:3

 

B.  As High Priest He has brought cleansing to us.  Heb.2:17, 1Jn 4:10

 

C.  The world will try to get you to doubt His work. 2Tim.2:11-12, 1Tim.1:19

 

 

 

II. Hold fast your love for Jesus. (15)

 

A. He understands and is sympathetic.    Heb.2:18.

 

B. He gives us victory when we are weak. Phil.4:13, 1Cor.10:13,

 

1. Your victory corresponds with your love for Christ.  Deut.6:5, Jn.14:15

 

2. Your victory is based on His power not yours. Phil.2:13, Rom.8:3-4

 

 

 

III. Hold fast your confidence in Jesus. (16)  Heb.10:35
     
A.  He has provided forgiveness.    Heb.10:19-23, 1Jn.1:7
       B.  He has made fellowship with God possible. 2Cor.5:18
       C.  He will show mercy and give grace.  Is.43:25, Eph.2:8
               Mercy is not getting what you deserve,
              Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.

 

Con. – All of us will go through times of hurt or hardship, failures or frustrations, disappointments and doubts. Hold fast, trust Jesus and His word and He will see you through.

 

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