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21
Jul 2020
Track Group | 21.7

Track Group | 21.7

Hey everyone and welcome to another online Track Group. This week we ‘re continuing to follow along with the “live” Bible Project podcast series that is coming out weekly. We’re 1 behind, which is great because it means there is time to create a little resource to follow along with online. This series will use the Bible Project’s videos and have a few reflection questions to keep you thinking.

Today’s session is based on the episode called “the drama we don’t know.”

For Fun

The Babylon Bee is a Christian news satire website!

There is some very funny stuff on there.

Philippians 2:1-4

 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:14

Do everything without grumbling or arguing

Philippians 4:2-3

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

For Thinking

This week, we’re thinking about what it means for the New Testament letters to have been written into specific pastoral situations.

  • How many texts/DMs do you send a day?
  • Of those messages, how many are about the things you or the other person is going through?

I’m guessing quite a large percentage are. It’s just like in the NT letters. Paul (who wrote a large amount of the letters) often talks about previous letters (like in Corinthians,) reports from others and catching up with people he knows and loves in the churches he’s been to, visited or built.

Do you see what is happening in the verses from Philippians? In Philippi, Paul had heard a report of what was going on. There was grumbling. There was dis-unity in the church.

  • How did Paul seem to respond?
  • Do you think he was right to say what he did?

Paul is highlighting the call of faith to bring people together, to live out of a position of sacrificial love… not just becuase people needed to hear it in 2020! But because it was an immediate issue facing God’s people in that moment.

Phew! Good job we don’t have issues with unity and love in the church today…
Oh.

For me this points to the inspired nature of scripture. That in God’s wisdom we have these letters as part of our Bible today. These half-a-phonecall-conversations end up still being relevant for our teaching and instruction.

For Prayer

Dear God, help us to read your word when it can feel difficult to get started. Thank you that you still want to speak to us today. Help us to listen attentively to where you are moving.

We also pray for the global Church. For where there is dis-unity please bring healing and reconcilliation. We ask that in your name. Amen.


14
Jul 2020
Track Group | 14.7

Track Group | 14.7

Hey everyone and welcome to another online Track Group. This week we ‘re continuing to follow along with the “live” Bible Project podcast series that is coming out weekly. We’re 1 behind, which is great because it means there is time to create a little resource to follow along with online. This series will use the Bible Project’s videos and have a few reflection questions to keep you thinking.

 

Today’s session is based on the episode called “Honor-Shame Culture and the Gospel.”

For Fun

“you in the group chat with Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego?… I used the fire emoji and they got all offended.”

Galatians 3:27-29

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

For Thinking

This week, we’re thinking about what it means for the New Testament letters to have been written into the Roman culture.

  • Quickly think of all the things you know about the Roman Empire…
  • Have you ever had to think about what it means for parts of the Bible to be written to people living in the Roman Empire?

Over the last few sessions the basic thing that has been highlighted is what it means to be part of God’s Kingdom where Jesus is Lord/King. The Roman Empire (and all future empires) didn’t /don’t look like the Kingdom of God and a big part of that is the leadership of an empire.

Jesus devoted a HUGE amount of his teaching to what it means to be part of the Kingdom of God. For the early hearers the contrast between Kingdom and Empire must have been obvious. The Bible Project team pick out two key differences between Kingdom and Empire: power and status & the honor/shame culture.

Power was directly linked to your social status in the Roman Empire. The higher your status the more social power you had. And obviously, less and less people were to be found at the top of the power pyramid with the Emporer at the top.

Honor and status were given to those of higher social classes. You knew where you were on the social scale. Elite? Lower class? Unclean?… Not only did you know your position on the scale but so did others and it mattered and changed how you were treated.

For Digging Deeper

Reflection

You might have noticed that the verses above are the same as last sessions. When you read them now, think about how they are affected by the culture that they were spoken into.

  • How is our society similar to that of the Roman Empire in terms of power and status?
  • How is society today any different?

One difference is that today a huge value is placed on you as an individual, not so much your social group or class status. The way we read and interpret the Biblical letters matters. Like the words from Galations… they would have been read by early readers as saying something like: “forget the social status of your group. We’re all equal here.” But maybe for us modern readers there is something for us to hear in the last lines: “we’re a family now! You can’t stand alone because you belong to God’s family now through Jesus.” That’s what our culture needs to hear too.

For Prayer

Dear God, help us as we dig into your word to read it literatly. Help us to hear what your Holy Spirit needs us to hear today. We’re sorry for when we treat following you as less that being part of the big family. Please give us wisdom to be your Kingdom here and now. Amen.


07
Jul 2020
Track Group | 7.7

Track Group | 7.6

Hey everyone and welcome to another online Track Group. This week we ‘re continuing to follow along with the “live” Bible Project podcast series that is coming out weekly. We’re 1 behind, which is great because it means there is time to create a little resource to follow along with online. This series will use the Bible Project’s videos and have a few reflection questions to keep you thinking.

For Fun

For Thinking

This week, we’re thinking about what it means for the New Testament letters were written with a purpose: to announce that Jesus is Lord.

If you’re still asking: “yeah, but why letters though?” Tim says, “the letters are both the product and the fuel of the missionary movement of Jesus going out to all nations.” They pick up where the Gospels leave off. The letters prepare followers of Jesus for a day when they will also encounter new cultures and issues, so that they can navigate them with the wisdom and help of the Holy Spirit.

Basically, the letters are full of people working out what it means to call Jesus ‘Lord’ in their time and place.

  • What does Lord mean to you?
  • What does it mean for you to call Jesus Lord?
  • How does that claim change how you see worldly leaders?

For Digging Deeper

Galatians 3:27-29

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

Reflection

You might have heard it said that the Kingdom of God is an upside down Kingdom. Nothing highlights that better than Pauls words in the letter Galations. Paul points to all the categories that seperated people in his time and says that we are all one in Jesus… Jesus evens everything out.

  • What are the dividing words we might use today?
  • What does it mean for followers of Jesus to be heirs?
  • Why is it so hard to not see some people (maybe even ourselves) as better than others?

For Prayer

Why not spend some time praying through the claim that Jesus is Lord.
Where do you need to announce that in your life?
Where do worldly things rule instead of Jesus?


01
Jul 2020
Track Group | 30.6

Track Group | 30.6

Hey everyone and welcome to another online Track Group. This week we ‘re continuing to follow along with the “live” Bible Project podcast series that is coming out weekly. We’re 1 behind, which is great because it means there is time to create a little resource to follow along with online. This series will use the Bible Project’s videos and have a few reflection questions to keep you thinking.

For Fun

Brilliant.

For Thinking

This week, we’re thinking about what it means for the New Testament letters to be a part of the bigger story of the entire Bible. But what is that larger story?

In the Bible Project video above the guys sum up the story of the Bible by looking at the first pages of the Bible. God’s vision for humanity as co-rulers with Him but humans choose to rule on their own terms and are exiled from the Garden. God promises Abraham that God will give Abraham a huge family and that God will use that family to bless all nations.

That’s the crucial bit. All nations. Not just Jews… but ALL nations.

Jesus came and lived out this announcemnt, the blessing is here. And through Jesus death and resurrection the way was openned up for all to receive the blessing.
But what does that have to do with the letters? Well the Apostles (who wrote the letters) felt that it was their call to proclaim that God’s Kingdom is here and to bring people together into this Kingdom.

For Digging Deeper

James 2:1-10

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

Reflection

  • If the letters were to help people from all nations to see themselves as part of the Kingdom of God, what do passages like James mean to the people this letter was written to?
  • How do you think we should read the New Testament letters?
  • Does the passage from James 2 hit home to you today?

This letter was most likely written to Jewish Christians who were gathering together for worship and community. The writer seems to know some things about thier struggles and difficulties in living as a community shaped by Kingdom values.

  • In what things does the Church today need to be shaped more to look like the Kingdom of God?

For Prayer

Dear God, thank you that we are part of a bigger story of your plans and purposes with humanity. Help us today to be haped by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and that, through community, we create pockets of the Kingdom around us. Amen.


23
Jun 2020
Track Group | 23.6

Track Group | 23.6

Hey everyone and welcome to another online Track Group. This week we kick off another new series of delicious new-ness. I thought it would be awesome to follow along with the “live” Bible Project podcast series that is coming out weekly. We’re 1 behind, which is great because it means there is time to create a little resource to follow along with online. This series will use the Bible Project’s videos and have a few reflection questions to keep you thinking.

For Fun

It’s a rubber chicken singing worship songs… worsh…icken (get it?)

For Thinking

  • Have you ever received a letter from someone?
  • What’s sepecial about a letter?
  • Have you ever read a letter that was to someone else?

In the podcast, someone asked “what’s good about a chunck of our Bibles being letters to and from people?”

  • What do you think about letters being in the Bible?
  • What makes letters difficult to have as part of our Bibles?

For Digging Deeper

For some (like John from the Bible Project Podcast) most of the time they read the Bible is spent reading from the letters in the New Testament. I’m not like that. If you do listen to the podcast from the first week of the series on the NT letters you’ll hear Tim say that it’s crazy to JUST read the letters becuase they are full of hyperlinks to the Old Testament (the Jewish tradition) and to the life of Jesus. Like in the video at the top we need to learn to read these NT letters in the context of the larger story of the Bible as a whole.

But why do we have these copies of half of a conversations?

Well, they provide a window for us into what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Next time we’ll be thinking about what it means for these letters to be written at a certain time and to specific people/churches.

For Prayer

Spend some time in prayer thinking about what kind of letter you’d send to God. He knows our situations, our highs and lows, but He loves it when we talk to him and share as friends.

What would God’s reply be like?


21
May 2020
Track Group | 9.6

Track Group | 9.6

Hi Everyone and welcome to this week’s Track Group Online!

We’ve been looking at the I AM statements that Jesus made.
There were seven and we’re at the end…

This week we are looking at what it means for Jesus to say:

“I AM the bread of life”
John 6:35

John 6:25-40

When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

The Bible Project – Ecclesiates

Reflection

Have you ever eaten somthing that had gone off? – I know I have, it’s good to listen to the dates on hummus. Food spoiling or going bad is the image that Jesus uses to point people to following him… True sustainance. True life.

When Jesus is saying these things to his followers and those that are listening in he tells them to “not work for food that spoils.” I wonder if you’ve reflected on that saying before?
The context of Jesus saying these things is that people were trying to “work” their way into eternal life but infact what they were getting was the food that spoils. Just as the words of Ecclesiates remind us… fame, wealth… even good looks fade with time and are meaningless (as the teacher says.) The teacher in Ecclesiates keeps reminding the reader that there are good things though… things that don’t spoil: to share a meal with friends. It’s no coincidence that Jesus points to himself as the bread of life and then uses a meal to symbolise all that he has done for us (passover/communion.)

Where are you working for things that spoil?
What brings you life right now?

In lockdown I know many people have used this time to develop hobbies, skill and talents… Some have been more creative than ever. Others have been reading, exercising as well as getting on with work and school. When we think about Jesus being the bread of life we think about a few different main points that need pulling out.

  1. Bread that brings life
    Jesus saying I am the bread of life means that when we believe and follow him he sustains us. Keeps us going. Not just into eternal life but now; there is sustainance to know now. Many of us need reminding of this while we’re in lockdown… we have a hope that goes beyond our immediate circumstances.
  2. Bread needs eating
    Loads of people are doing that marshmallow challenge with their kids on Tik Tok (now I feel cool) but to play that with bread would be so hard… especially warm, freshly baked, bread. Can you imagine the smell? Jesus as the bread of life brings this image of just needing to eat it. When we dive into reading about Jesus we want to know and experience more. We just have to take the opportunity to say “yes.”
  3. We are filled
    When we take in the bread of life, we are filled. Being filled is language we use when talking about the Holy Spirit; when we say “yes” to Jesus we’re filled with the Holy Spirit to be more like him.

Worship

Prayer

Dear God, we thank you for sending your son that we might have access to life. We pray that we might know your sustaining power through the had times as well as the good. Amen.


19
May 2020
Track Group | 2.6

Track Group | 2.6

Hi Everyone and welcome to this week’s Track Group Online!

We’ve been looking at the I AM statements that Jesus made.
There were seven and last week we looked at Jesus saying that he is the light of the world.

This week we are looking at what it means for Jesus to say:

“I AM the alpha and the omega”
Revelation 22:13

Intro

We are so used to hearing Jesus speak in the Gospels; but he also speaks in the Revelation. We don’t typically spend a lot of time in the book of revelation so you can always make use of the Bible Project video on it (I’ll pop it in this post.) The revelation was made to John and is full of symbols, apocalypic writing and hope of a renewed creation. Towards the end of the revelation the writing turns to a vision of the uniting of Heaven and Earth – The Kingdom of God. It’s full of references to the Garden of Eden (see how many you can spot!) which was the last time God’s space and our space were united. Check out the passage here:

Revelation 22:1-13 (NIV)

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel said to me (John), “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”
“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!” Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Reflection

Did you notice that bit that ties into our last session? There won’t be any need for natural light from the sun because God is fully the light of the world in the world. His presence will be with his people.

You might have heard this phrase before. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last but as with these metaphores there’s a deeper meaning. Luckily for us, this one isn’t too complicated! Jesus is saying that he was there at the beginning and will be there at the end. All of history is held by God. Wow. All of history? Yeah! And the future. All of it.

What does it mean for us that God is there at the end of history?
Do you see this as a comforting thing?

In the Revelation, the revelation is coming to a close. God has revealed his plan for a restored creation, fully united with his people. It’s our hope. One day, we don’t know when, we will be with Jesus. Many people try to speculate when that’s going to happen or how… but the truth is we aren’t given those details. We are told that God keeps his promises. That he is restoring all creation to himself and he will reign with us in his Kingdom.

Why is hope so important?
What causes you to struggle to trust God?

The Bible Project – Rev

Prayer

Dear God, we thank you that you are at work in each one of us bringing pockets of the new creation here on Earth. Help us to trust you when things are hard and help us to look beyond our immediate situation to see that you are the alpha and the omega. Amen.

Worship


19
May 2020
Track Group | 26.5

Track Group | 26.5

Hi Everyone and welcome to this week’s Track Group Online!

We’ve been looking at the I AM statements that Jesus made.
There were seven and last week we looked at Jesus saying that he is the good shepherd.

This week we are looking at what it means for Jesus to say:

“I AM the light of the world”
John 8:12

John 8:12 (NIV)

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Reflection

 

Have you ever tripped or tepped on something when you’ve got up in the night? Light is so important we don’t even really think about it… well, until it’s dark.

Jesus says that he is the light of the world. He’s not making a claim to be the sun, rather he is using this metaphore to highlight that he brings clarity, sight and understanding to the world. When there is no light it’s hard to work out what things are, where you are… Jesus being the light of the world provides us orientation. We get to know how to be in the world. We get to know where we are going.

There is a whole Biblical theme that runs through the Bible, that of exile. I’ll pop the Bible Project video in this post too.
Jesus announces that he is the light, the path out of exile.

When Jesus says that he is the light of the world there is an interesting pair with some of his other words in Matthew 5:14-16:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Jesus says that WE are the light of the world. We radiate his light into the world. Whe you think about it, that’s our purpose as human beings: to image God. To be “like” him. When we let God’s love and light shine through us, through our actions and words, people see what it means to be truly human. This theme of being light to the world calls us to act.

How can you be a light to world?
Are there parts of your life that you need to let the light in on?

Worship & Prayer

For a prayer activity today, why don’t you light a candle and reflect on what it means for Jesus to be the light of the world and the call that is made on our lives to be God’s light shining out into the world today.


19
May 2020
Track Group | 19.5

Track Group | 19.5

Hi Everyone and welcome to this week’s Track Group Online!

We’ve been looking at the I AM statements that Jesus made.
There were seven and so far we’ve looked at Jesus saying:
I AM the resurrection and the life, I AM the way & I AM the True vine.

This week wer thinking about what Jesus meant when he said:

“I AM the good shepherd”
John 10:11

John 10:11-18 (NIV)

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

Reflection

Do you know what your name means?

If you don’t know what your name means, why not have a look at: www.babynames.co.uk or www.thinkbabynames.com to find out.

What do you think about your name and it’s meaning?
Would you change your name?

When Jesus talks about being the good shepherd it’s clear he is making a claim to know and love each of his sheep. He even says he loves his sheep that he’d lay down his life for them. We know Jesus isn’t talking about literal sheep… he’s talking about people. All people… including you and me!

What does it mean for Jesus to know you?
What does the image of a shepherd do for you?

The shepherd metaphore is one the reoccurs when talking and thinking about God. We have the parallel story of the good shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep for the stray… We have the Psalm all about God being a ood shepherd (Psalm 23.) The image is of a God who cares deeply, who helps his sheep, who protects them from danger, leads them through hard times and is guiding their path through it all.

I don’t know about you, but SIGN ME up! So often I feel lost, confused… even just watching the news right now is tough. When we reflect on the image of Jesus as our good shepherd we are brought back to remembering that God is leading us through. No matter what. The shepherd can’t stop bad things happen but he can lead the way through. He can guide and help his sheep. He can lead them to rest.

How can you listen to the call of the shepherd more this week?

Worship & Prayer

Dear God,
Thank you that you are the good shepherd.
Thank you for laying down your life to save us.
Thank you for always leading your people.
Help us to listen for your call.
Help us to follow your lead.
Amen.


12
May 2020
Track Group | 12.5

Track Group | 12.5

Hi Everyone and welcome to this week’s Track Group Online!

We’ve been looking at the I AM statements that Jesus made.
There were seven and so far we’ve looked at Jesus saying:
I AM the resurrection and the life &
I AM the way.

This week wer thinking about what Jesus meant when he said:

“I am the true vine”
John 15:1a

 

John 15:1-8 (NIV)

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Reflection

What does it mean to be connected to the vine?

What does it mean to “bear fruit”?

Jesus’ claim to be the vine, bringing God’s life into the world, is a great way to think about faith. Faith is about being connected to the vine. As Jesus says in those verses: “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” It’s when we are connected to Jesus that we see the fruit in our lives.

I don’t know if you’ve ever given gardening a go… but as I’ve recently learned pruning is really important. Basically what you do is trim branches, leaves and dead heads to encourage the tree or plant to grow more in the next season. Jesus says that the Father is the gardener who prunes the vine and branches. God wants our lives to produce fruit. Fruit, in this context, is about the changes that happen in our lives when we give over control to Jesus (Galatians 5:22-23.)

If God loves us as we are, why does He prune us?

Can you think of a time God has been pruning your life?
What fruit was produced?

 

The Tree of Life

When Jesus says that He is the vine he is linking his life into a Biblical theme of trees. The Bible Project recently made a video on this theme; they call it the tree of life. Check it out here:

Worship & Prayer

For a prayer today, reflect on those two themes from today:

  • How can you connect to the vine?
  • Where do you need to invite God to prune in your life?