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 15:1-8 (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.
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?
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