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Lesson From the Vinyeard

Plants grow better when they’ve been pruned.

God prunes unfruitful people from his vine.

What exactly does the word “unfruitful” mean here?

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Categories: bible, jesus, john, new testament

Outline of John 15

  1. Jesus Is the Vine, We Are the Branches
  2. Love and Hate, Multiple Perspectives

Come Now, Let’s Leave

Jesus reminds his disciples that returning to the Father is a good thing.

It didn’t seem like a good thing, though.

What good things do we mistakenly identify as bad?

Categories: bible, jesus, john, new testament

Verses 25-27

Jesus says we now have the Holy Spirit and peace.

What more could we need?

Why do I sometimes feel like I have access to neither?

Categories: bible, jesus, john, new testament

Verses 23-24

Jesus says:

If I love Jesus, I will obey. This is the original conditional statement.
If I do not love Jesus, I will not obey. The inverse is true.

This means that if I won’t obey Jesus, then I don’t love him.
And if I obey, then I love Jesus.

Obedience = Loving Jesus

Categories: bible, jesus, john, new testament

Good Judas

The other Judas asks Jesus a question (v. 22), and I struggle to see how Jesus’ reply answers him (vv. 23-28).

What do you think, dear Readers?

Categories: bible, jesus, john, new testament

Verses 8-21

Philip follows up with a comment that clearly indicates he and the other disciples have missed a major point:

Jesus = God the Father

Oops.

Categories: bible, jesus, john, new testament
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