Sun, Mar 17, 2019

In Him

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Abide (meno) describes something that remains where it is, continues in a fixed state, or endures.

Jesus is the _____________ of spiritual life, vitality, growth, and productivity (2 Peter 1:3)

Fruit is not a result of ____________ achievement, but of ________________ in Christ.


Branches

Two types of branches: ____________________ and ____________________

Three distinguishing marks of the true branch:
1) _______________________________________________________
2) _______________________________________________________
3) _______________________________________________________

Believer                                                                         Non-believer
Confesses their sins                        1:9                          denies them      1:8;10
obeys God’s commandments         2:3                        disobedience     2:4,9,11
lives in patterns of righteousness  3:6                        does not             3:9


Fruit
__________ from _______ you can do ________________.

There is no such thing as a ____________________ Christian.

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8,10; cf. Matthew 7:16-23 & Luke 6:43-45)

A misconception is associating fruit with __________________ success.

Examples of fruit:
_________________ ________________  – Galatians 5:22-23
_________________/________________  – Hebrews 13:15; Isaiah 57:19; Hosea 14:2
__________________ _______________  – Phil 4:17; Rom 15:28
__________________________________  – Rom 1:13; 1 Cor 16:15


Prevailing Prayer

1) Prayer that is ___________________ with His person and will.

2) The promise is only to those who _____________ in Jesus Christ.

3) Christ ________ abide in the person making the request (Psalm 37:4; Psalm 66:18; James 4:3)


His joy in us

He has spoken these things in order that ____ joy might be in them and that their joy may be _______.

The joy of Jesus was His absolute _________________ and __________________ to His Father.
(Hebrews 12:2 and Psalm 40:8)

All other sources are ______________________ and _________________________.

Only in Christ will you have ________________________ joy.



Discussion Questions:

1) What does it look like for someone to “abide in Jesus”?

2) What are some things that can be a competing “source” for you and your abiding in Christ?

3) Of the different kinds of fruit mentioned – fruits of the spirit, fruit of praise/worship, fruit of sacrificial giving, and fruit of evangelism – which of these fruits come easier to you and which ones are growth areas?

4) Read John 15:6; Matthew 3:8,10; Matthew 7:16-23; Luke 6:43-45 and Matthew 13:47-50.
What is Jesus saying in theses verses? How do these verses personally impact you?

5) Why would Jesus put conditions on prayer like He did in verse 7? What are those conditions?

6) How is God glorified by us bearing much fruit?

7) Do you see the Father’s love for you as different from Jesus’ love for you? (See verse 9). If so, why?

8) Would you say your life is more joyful or joyless? Do you see a correlation with your joy and your abiding in Christ?

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