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Introduction: Jesus gives us some ''fruit-full'' teaching in John 15. He develops the thought of the fruitful living union between believers and Christ. This is a living union. The vine, the branches, the vine dresser, and the fruit that remains are the topics in this section of Scripture. Vineyards are all around Jerusalem. If this teaching was given on the way to the Mount of Olives, then there would have been vineyards on all the hillsides-vines hanging over wells, walls, around the houses, and by the Temple. Of this passage, Andrew Murray said, ''Let the parable enter into the heart, and all will be right.''
A fruitful person is one who is implanted and abiding in Christ - growing, increasing, abounding, flourishing and reproducing much fruit.
A. JESUS DESIRES FRUITFULNESS
1. Fruitfulness is the goal Christ has for every believer. A full life with full fruit and ongoing fruitfulness.
2. John 15:1-2 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
a. The Vine - Jesus, the source: The origin and source of the believer's life that supplies everything necessary for growth and fruitfulness.
b. The Branches - Believers in Jesus: Believers whose life and growth depend on the vital union with the life-source.
c. The Fruit - Believer's sign of spiritual life: It is a combined effort of vine and branch that produces a work of the Spirit in and through the believer.
d. The Pruning - Removing hindrances to fruit-bearing: To cleanse by cutting away the old, the unnecessary; a skilled cultivating and pruning, a sharp knife.
e. The Husbandman - God, our Father, the vineyard owner: The farmer who works the vineyard, watching over it with great care and consistency.
f. The Fruitless Branches - Believers who have a superfici ...
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