Jesus told us that, apart from him, we cannot bear fruit. If we want to bear fruit for God, we must learn to continually abide in Christ. We must learn to do this when things are going well, and when things are not going well. In the good times and in the difficult times.
This lesson focuses on listening to Jesus, understanding what he wants for us, and walking out our path following him.
Break up into groups of 3-4
Read John 15:1-8
Discuss these questions:
What are some things that you notice in this passage?
Who is the gardener? Who is the vine? What are their roles?
Who are the branches? What is their role?
What does it mean to bear fruit? How do we do that?
What are some ways that we can practically abide in Christ?
Spend 15 minutes in silence.
Read John 15:1-8 once again to yourself.
Ask Jesus how he wants you to abide in him. Ask him for a specific action or way that you can do this.
Ask Jesus for a reason why he wants you to do this.
Write down what you heard from him, including both what you will do and why he wants you to do this.
Each person read aloud their paper from their time spent in silence to the smaller group.
Come back to the larger group to respond: What did you learn from this discussion?
The Father’s Heart
We use a tool called the Father’s Heart to understand and explain God’s heart for the nations and his plan for us. In each group, do the following:
Watch the video together as a group.
Discussion: How does abiding in Christ, largely the parts outside of the heart, connect to the parts inside of the heart?