by Steve Wagers

Fruit of the Groom
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
John 15: 1-16
September 23. 2009

1. A Truthful Word!
A) Unmatched in its Provision
1) Holiness
2) Usefulness
B) Unequaled in its Promise
2. A Fruitful Walk!
A) A Vital Association
B) A Valuable Realization
1) The Secret is Outlined
2) The Substance is Observed
3. A Joyful Witness!
A) A Relationship so Special
B) A Friendship so Sweet
1) Compassion
2) Confidence
3) Commitment

A little boy was punished, confined to his room, but he would always sneak out after his parent's went to bed. He would escape from his window, and then climb down an old fruit tree.

One day, his father told him that he was going to chop down that fruit tree because it had not borne any fruit for years. That evening, the boy and his friend bought a bushel of apples and, during the night, tied the apples on the branches of the true.

The next morning, the man could not believe his eyes. He said to his wife, "Honey, I can't believe it. That old tree that has been barren for so long is covered with apples. And the most amazing thing is that it is a PEAR TREE!
When we close chapter 14, Jesus begins his journey to the Garden of Gethsemane by telling His disciples that the time is drawing near for Him to leave. John 15 is a discourse of our Lord while walking with His disciples from the Upper Room to the Garden of Gethsemane.

In this discussion with His disciples, Jesus reveals His plan for their lives after He has departed and the Holy Spirit has been sent. Primarily, Jesus is giving them instructions on not just how to survive, but to THRIVE in a world that will hate them. He tells them how to enjoy this life until they experience the next life.

John 15: 1, 5: 1 of the 7 "I AM" statements of John's gospel
Statements reveal the sufficiency of Christ

John 6: 35: I AM the BREAD of LIFE
He's all we need for our Spiritual APPETITE

John 9: 5: I AM the LIGHT of the WORLD
He's all we need for our ...

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