February 18, 2018
Rev. Ron Anderson
I. Jesus states the facts of our existence. vs 1-11
2 Key words (1. Abide/Remain 2. Fruit)
3 Key players (Jesus – the vine; God – the gardener; Us – the branches)
4 Blessings of abiding/remaining (Prayer vs 7; God glorified vs 8; Life motivated by love vs 9-10; Joy in abundance vs 11)
II. Jesus makes his command. vs 12-17
Applications: Essential characteristics of our identity found in abiding in Jesus Christ.
- Self-sacrifice that is a result of being a real friend.
- Obedience that is a result of trusting that Jesus our friend has our best future for us.
- We know what Jesus knows – Jesus tells us all, he keeps no secrets = authenticity as our friend.
- Maximum productivity – as he promises if we abide (as friends) he will produce, some, much and more fruit in our lives!