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Give Up Your Independence (3 of 5)
Series: Give it Up
Good morning. We are leading up to Easter, and we want that weekend to be extremely powerful and meaningful for our church family. So we’re taking the season of Lent to focus on what happened in the last few days before Jesus went to the cross. And to make it personal, as we reflect on those events, we’re asking ourselves the question, “What is God calling me to give up in response to Jesus?” So we’ve talked about giving up our control; giving up our pride; things like that.
So…today’s passage took place on Thursday night - the night before Good Friday, just after Jesus and his disciples shared the Last Supper together. It’s in John chapter fifteen, and I’ll read the first 11 verses. Here’s what Jesus said that night…
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 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. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 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.
5 “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. 6 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. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may ...
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