Abiding in Christ

John 15:1-11


In Jn 15 Jesus is using a image from nature to teach his disciples about – Fruit BEARING

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.


A)Jesus loved to teach w/ Pictures – Theme here is having a Fruitful life – God’s Desire


B) 3 things are involved in Bearing Fruit :


1st IS Cleansing:   John 15:2-3

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.


A)What this is teaching us is that – the Lord will seek to take away areas of our lives that are not Producing


B) Areas that are going to Prune= Cut Back/

1)    Tree – Pruning is part of the cleansing Process of a Tree Denise tree OR – { More Fruit


C) How does the Lord Prune ?  2 WAYS 1st Trials –

2nd Word – Ps 119 How can a young man …pure

1)    Clean because of the word I have spoken ….



2nd thing involved in Bearing Fruit is Abiding: v.4-8

A)To abide means to continue w/ To stay connected to



B) Abiding heart recognizes it’s dependency upon the Lord

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  V.5 For  w/out me you can do nothing


C) We wouldn’t think of taking a Branch from an Apple tree on the stage – Watch the Fruit

1)     We know that the Only way that it can bear fruit – Stay connected


D) Why do we think that – we can- separate ourselves from the Lord & still produce fruit


So abiding carries w/ it that idea of staying close to in tune w/ - Dependant upon

A) Notice also what Jesus says there in v.7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.


B) This really is the way we stay close to the Lord – Staying in His word – Matt 7: Hears words …..

1)     Ps1 His delight in the word of the Lord & He meditates day & night


John 15:8

8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. 

A)What is this Fruit supposed to Look like ? Simple – Christ likeness – Brightest demonstration is LOVE


B) That is what Jesus has been talking about – love like Him / Serve like Him { I am in You / you in me

Now in v.6 – We are given an indication of what happens if a person doesn’t abide

6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.


A)Note the Branch loses life – Becomes withered – all nutrients are cut off –{ Our lives


B) The Branch is cast into the fire : Hell – lose Salvation

1)     Pt isn’t teach Eternal Security –{ My belief


C) Secure as long as I am abiding - 


D) Pt of this passage is to teach – if I am not abiding there isn’t anything worth while left from my life

1)     Nothing in me to offer to the Lord


So first thing involved in fruit bearing: Cleansing

2nd Abiding / 3rd Obedience – v. 9-10 "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 


A)Again the idea here is – Love is the motivation for keeping His Commandments –


B) Jesus lived a life surrendered to His father – because He was secure in Fathers Love –


C) When I realize how much that I am loved – Natural response is to keep His commandments

1)    It is the By Product –

In v.11 Jesus tells us why this is so important

11 "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.


A) Blesses me – God desires that our lives would be full of Joy -


Neh 8:9-10


9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people,"This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep." For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.


10 Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."