Marks of a Disciple // Connected to Christ
Trellis and Vine
What is the state of the Trellis and the Vine at Taylors?
What is the state of the Trellis and the Vine of your life?
Jesus: the Vine. // The Father: the Gardener. // Believers: the branches.
New model for the disciples: Jesus, instead of Israel, is the means of bringing glory to God and blessing to all people.
Fruit: His life produced in us, and his life produced in others through us.
1. Recognize the work of the Father.
a. Takes away branches that are unproductive and lifeless. (John 15:2, John 15:6)
b. Prunes branches in order to bring about healthy growth and fruit. (John 15:2)
Pruning can be painful but is necessary if we desire to be like Jesus.
How do we respond to pruning?
1) anger – upset we don’t get our way;
2) pity – despair and overwhelmed when we don’t get our way.
2. Remain in Christ
Nothing of eternal significance happens without remaining in Christ.
Quote: “Worry is dealing with tomorrow’s problems on today’s pasture” – Jewish thought via Ray Vander-Laan.
The reason we obey is not because we desire to be good, but because we are moved by the love and obedience of Christ. (John 15:9-10)