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?
15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (ESV)