Abide in Christ
Passage: John 15:1–15:15
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
- What did Jesus mean when he said, "I am the true vine" in John 15:1? In verse 2, how does the idea of God pruning away unfruitful branches make you fee? How does the gospel of Jesus Christ make this a wonderful thing rather than a scary one?
- What does Jesus say is the key to bearing godly fruit in our lives? What does "abiding" mean? In what ways can we abide in Jesus? What can we do if we try to bear fruit on our own? (verse 5) Read John 15:8. What does this verse imply about our lives? What does love have to do with abiding? Can you think of other verses that talk about the necessity of God's love in our lives?
- What is the result of God being at work in your life through your abiding in Christ? (see verse 11) Do you think you have this kind of joy in your life? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to you that Jesus calls his followers not slaves, but friends? How is it possible that we could be friends with the Son of God Almighty?
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