Being Disciples Of Jesus Christ (John 15:1-8)Howard Eichorn, July 5, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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This parable talks about Jesus being the vine, and Christians being the branches. In order to bring forth fruit, Christians, the branches, need to be connected to Jesus, the vine. If they are cut off, they cannot bring forth fruit.
We can profess to be disciples of Jesus, but it takes more than just professing. It takes a life of discipleship and a life of walking with God. We need verbal commitment, but it doesn’t stop there. We need to be disciples—students, learners, and pupils. Just as Jesus’ disciples followed His teachings, we are called to be teachable and open to God’s Word, following Him. To be disciples, we are not required to know a lot, but we are required to learn. Our lives need to show that we are disciples of Christ.
Many people profess to follow Christ, but their lives don’t show it. 1 John 2:15 and James 4:4 tells us that we cannot love things of this world and at the same time be followers of Jesus.
How do we determine whether we are a true disciple or not?
1. John 15 – We will bring forth fruit.
2. John 14:15 – We will keep Jesus’ commandments.
What does Jesus ask of us to be His disciples?
1. Luke 14:25-33 – We need to be willing to forsake all. We cannot be Jesus’ disciples without cross-bearing and self-denial.
2. Luke 18 – Jesus wants our whole heart, not just part of it.
Christ invites us to come to Him and learn of Him in Matthew 11:28-30. He understands and knows what life is like. We may suffer for following Jesus, but the rewards for following Him are worth it.
What are the rewards of following Jesus? Luke 18:28-30 tells us that in the present, we can have peace, joy, and rest; and in the world to come, life everlasting.
Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ?
1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (KJV)