In this series we study John 15:1-17 and God’s purpose in purging. The answer in short is that HE desires to bring us to fruitfulness—fruitfulness in our prayer lives; fruitfulness in our love for God and others; fruitfulness as we abide in Christ and HIS most precious Word.
John 15:1-11 – “God’s Purpose in Purging – The Who and What Questions” – Outline (pdf) – In this message we begin this series by answering the “WHO” and “WHAT” questions while addressing the “WHY” question and the futility in seeking the answer to the question “WHY is this happening to me?”
John 15:2a – “The Fruitless Branch” – Outline (pdf) – In this message we look at John 15:2a where we see how the Husbandman lovingly works with the fruitless branch seeking to lift it up in order for it to produce fruit.
John 15:2b-3 – “The Fruitful Branches” – Outline (pdf) – In this message we look at John 15:2b-3 where we see how the Husbandman continues to lovingly work with the branches, now the fruitful branches, in order to take them from bearing fruit to bearing MORE fruit.
John 15:4-5 – “Abiding in Christ & Fruit Bearing” – Outline (pdf) – In this message the focus shifts from the Husbandman as the main actor to the branch responding to the purging work. The command is given to “Abide.” Now the branch must CHOOSE to respond in obedience in order for MUCH fruit to be produced.
John 15:7 – “Abiding in Christ and Fruitfulness in Prayer” Part 1 – Outline (pdf) – In this message we look at Christ’s promise for those who “Abide” in Him and His Word in them that they will enjoy fruitfulness in their prayer lives—answered prayer.
John 15:7 – “Abiding in Christ and Fruitful in Prayer” Part 2 – Outline (pdf) – In this message we continue to consider Christ’s promise for fruitfulness in prayer by looking at Christ’s prayer of surrender to the will of the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane and our need to surrender our will to God’s will.
John 15:9-10 – “Fruitfulness in Christ’s Love” – Outline (pdf) – In this message we consider Christ’s command for us to abide in His amazing love and that through our obedience this love is displayed.
John 15:11 – “Fruitfulness in Christ’s Joy” – Outline (pdf) – In this message we look at Christ’s prescription for joy. We look at His message of hope to the disciples in their great time of need and His desire for us to CHOOSE hear His Word and in turn CHOOSE to believe His Word.
John 15:12-17 – “Fruitfulness in Loving Others” – Outline (pdf) – In verse 12 we see a change in relationship. Verses 1-11 the Vine to branch relationship was emphasized. Now we see the branch to branch relationship is brought to the forefront. In this message we consider Christ’s example of love to us and seek to follow His leading.