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I AM the Door John 15:5
I AM the VINE WBC 6/4/17
[ I read a devotion from “Our Daily Bread” that told of a man who had lost his internet connection. When he found out that it would be a whole day before it was restored he panicked. Then, he thought, “What if I lost my connection to God for a whole day”? Would I panic in the same magnitude?”
[ It is so important to be connected, In fact
[ If I have learned anything, it is the fact that I must be connected.
o Families need to be connected.
o Churches need to be connected,
o But more importantly than all of that, we need to be connected to the True Vine!
Read Scripture- John 15:1-6
We find in these verses another claim made by Christ in where He says, “I AM”. This week we are studying when He said I am the True Vine. Let’s get started because this is some good stuff.
I. The Participants of the Connection V. 1& 2 & 5
A. God the Father is the Vinedresser/Gardner- V. 1b
a) It is He who plants and cultivates the garden.
b) It is He who decides what to plant and where to plant it…
a. One of the things I remember about TC’s Mom and Dad was their garden. They worked so hard and planted everything in its rightful place… They toiled and pruned and made a perfect garden.
b. They made a huge investment and reaped veggies!
c) It is God that does this for you and I…
d) It is He who invests the time and treasure into this process.
e) What I’m saying here is this; It’s All about God!
f) God the Father as the Vine Dresser!
B. Jesus is the True Vine and the source of life. V. 1a
a) True means….that which has not only the name and resemblance, but the real nature corresponding to the name, in every respect corresponding to the idea signified by the name, real, true genuine
b) It is literally the opposite of a something counterfeit.
c) The Claim made here makes all the difference in the world. – Remember, He said, “I AM the Way, Truth & Life
d) Jesus is saying, I am not a substitute vine, not a fake vine, not a vine like any other. “I AM the True Vine”!
Jesus said the Holy Spirit was sent to comfort and guide. 5 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - 17 "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
C. God’s People are the branches who are to bear fruit. V. 2
a) The Promise here is that we will bear fruit if we abide in Him.
b) The Possibility exists that if we don’t abide in him, we will not bear fruit, and what happens to branches that does not bear fruit? It is taken away, burnt or discarded…
c) Another action given in Preparation is this; Even when you are producing fruit, the Vinedresser may purge and trim that branch so that it might produce even more fruit.
a. Scary thought: We are living right, doing what is commanded us….and in the midst of victories, we are purged and tasked with an even bigger purpose.
b. Most of us might say, Hey, I’m producing fruit, so leave me alone and let me live in my comfort.
c. But God says no….I want more from you, out of you and for you!!! OUCH
d. Let me say this: Pastor’s Point- In love I will pass this along- some of you here today is in this field/place in life. God expects more of you and today is the day to allow the purge to take affect and be more, do more, give more, say more and get to the task!
II. The Purpose of the Connection. V. 4 & 5
A. Life on the Vine (called many things-like the Christian walk, or journey and many others) BUT, for our purpose today Life on the Vine---- produces a God-Glorifying spiritual life which produces fruit. How?
a) Through Abiding. V. 4a (Abide is a root word meaning to remain, not to depart.)
b) So the question then is this; How do we abide in Christ?
1) Connection- A branch is connected to the vine, and a vine to the branch. This is what theologians frequently describe as “union with Christ.” Notice that this connection, this union, is mutual. We abide in him and he abides in us (v. 4). If there is no connection, there is no life, no fruit.
2) Dependence- Abiding also implies dependence. This aspect of abiding, unlike connection, is not reciprocal. The branch is dependent on the vine, but the vine is not dependent on the branch. The branch derives its life and power from the vine. Without the vine, the branch is useless, lifeless, powerless. Sap flows from the vine to the branch, supplying it with water, minerals, and nutrients that make it grow. As believers we receive the “sap” of Christ’s grace through our life-giving connection to him. We are completely dependent upon Jesus for everything that counts as spiritual fruit (v. 4). Apart from him, we can do nothing (v. 5). Connection- Dependence
3) Continuance- This shows us that another aspect of abiding in Jesus is remaining in Jesus. This simply means that we go on trusting, that we keep on depending, that we never stop believing. To abide in Jesus is to persevere in Jesus and his teaching. This is what Jesus is talking about in John 8:31-32, when he says, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
4) In summary, to abide in the vine means to be united to Jesus (connection), to rely on Jesus (dependence), and to remain in Jesus (continuance). Brian Hedges/Christianity.com
5) Keep in mind that this is not a step by step but rather all three done at once..This is the purpose of the Connection!
III. The Promise of the Connection V. 7-8
A. The Requirements- Abiding in Him and He in us!
B. The Results (Because we are abiding)
a. V. 2 Purged to bear more fruit.(we’ve already mentioned that)
b. V. 3 Cleansing
c. V. 6 Saved
d. V. 7 Intersession
e. V. 8 Glorifying God
f. Honestly, the list can go on and on!!!!!!
a. Abiding will be fruitful: Your life takes on the character of the vine.
b. Abiding means loving like Christ loves.
c. Abiding results in obedience.
d. Abiding brings JOY.- Verse 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and your joy might be full.
e. JOY can only be found in Abiding with Christ!
V We’ve looked at the participants found in the connection
o The Father- Vinedresser or gardener
o Jesus is the Vine
o We are the Branches.
V We’ve looked at the Purpose
o To abide and connect
V We’ve looked at the Promise
o That is found in the results and through our relationship.
1. Abiding in Christ will cause us to bear fruit.
2. Abiding in Christ will cause us to be successful.
3. Abiding in Christ will cause us to have joy.
The Last Thing! You can be three things in life:
V Just hanging on
The Question this morning is this; Which one are you?
Monday, June 5, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Pastor Wade Huntsinger begins a new series entitled, "I AM" Today's sermon is "I AM the Bread of Life". You can find sermon notes at the bottom of this page. Thanks
Joint Choir "How Great Thou Art"
Featuring: Warrensville Baptist, Warrensville Methodist, Helton Methodist, Warrensville Seventh Day Adventist Churches.
Edith & Peggy
"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"
WBC Choir "The longer I Serve Him"
I Am “The Bread of Life” John 6:32-40
Now we begin today’s message with Jesus going over to the other side, and when He gets there, they come and ask him, “WHV” How in the world did you get over here? But Jesus commands the conversation by bouncing right over the obvious miracles, and declared that He already knew why they had come. They came because they had been fed by the Bread of Life and they were full and satisfied. (That’s a great feeling to be full and satisfied!)
But, this was different; the statement was this;
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
In other words, invest into the labor that will last. Jesus said; I am that Bread!
This peaked some interest in the disciples…(They asked)how do we work the works of God? AND, Jesus answered them swiftly, clearly and precisely, “Here is your answer” It’s Me! I AM! 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (Invest in Jesus)
Jesus took this opportunity to teach them, as He does us today, that He is the Bread of Life and we have no other need except for Him.
In Fact, Christ gives this description found in verse 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Here is Jesus, claiming to be from Heaven. Now, on a side note, Vs 41 begins to describe the dismissal of Christ deity. “42-We know his Mom and Dad, How can he come from Heaven?” Of course Jesus has an answer for them, but we need to understand today that the folks of this world still murmur the same thing. It comes down to Faith!!!
They denied Him then and they deny Him today. Let’s remember this though,
Matthew 10:33-35 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. That is Serious Stuff!!! No Denial of Jesus!!!
Now, let’s turn our attention back to verse 35…
I. Notice the Powerful Proclamation V. 35a “I Am the Bread of Life”
Let’s remember that the folks were searching for Jesus because they were hungry. The Disciples were the same and this is what Jesus told them… It’s not the miracles, it’s the food, BUT there are things more important things than food…ME! I Am the Bread of Life
A. I Am Worthy of your Confidence. “I AM”
a. He perfectly satisfies our spiritual hunger (He who comes to Me shall never hunger) 35
b. He receives all who come to Him (All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out) 37
c. He isn't interested in His own agenda, but His Father's (not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me) 38
d. He will keep those who come to Him safe (all He has given Me I should lose nothing) 39
e. The destiny of those who believe in Him is eternal life (everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life) 40
f. This Powerful Proclamation is you can trust me!
II. Notice the Commanding Call of Christ
A. Come to Me
a. Our Life Needs Direction
i. So many voices.
ii. So many directions
iii. So many choices
iv. Jesus said that He was the good shepherd and that his sheep knows His voice…
v. Do you know the voice of Jesus today..
vi. Can you tell the difference? Jesus Vs World
vii. Better question is this; is Jesus your Shepherd?
viii. If so, then we have direction by doing this; Come to Him!!!
b. Our Life Needs Deliverance
i. When I get myself in trouble, where do I turn? JESUS
ii. When I don’t know, who do I call on? Jesus
B. Believe on Me (Looking the Bible we see so many of Christ’s Commands
a. Trust me
b. Give me everything.
c. Take up your cross!
d. Obey me!
g. Follow me!
h. Seek God’s Kingdom!
i. Choose the narrow Way!
l. Watch & Pray!
m. Feed my Sheep!
n. Make Disciples!
o. Take, Eat, Drink!
p. Come to Me & Believe on Me is a Command from Christ!!!
V Jesus made a Powerful Proclamation and Commanding Calls. As we prepare ourselves to Take, Eat & Drink; notice with me one more thing..
V Verse 58 This is that bread which cane down from heaven;…he that eateth of this bread shall live forever.
V Prepare your hearts and minds to eat of this bread & drink from this cup!!!
Invitation & Communion:
The Lord's Supper is a memorial of Jesus' death. "For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes" I Corinthians 11:26
Invitation to the Table: Come to this table, not because you must but because you may, not because you are strong, but because you are weak. Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you a right to come, but because you need mercy and help. Come, because you love the Lord a little and would like to love him more. Come, because he loved you and gave himself for you. Come and meet the risen Christ, for we are his Body.