Sermon: Evidence of a True Disciple
Bible Passage: John 15:1-8
1. Jesus with his disciples on Thursday night, night before his crucifixion.
2. They were together for 3 years or more. Shared their lives together.
3. Jesus gave his everything investing in the lives of these disciples. And now,
4. He knew these were the final moments he would be spending with them.
5. Gives one of the simplest but profound analogy of a true disciple.
II. Jesus is the “I am” and he is the true vine
1. Jesus reassures of his deity in stating “I am.”
2. Jesus is the True Vine unlike the nation Israel.
III. Father is the gardener/ expert vine dresser, and no one can escape the pain of going through the knife.
1. He cuts the branch that does not bear fruit
2. He prunes/cleanse those that bear fruit, so that it will be even more fruitful.
3. How do we know whether a person is a true disciple? How do we know we are a true Christian? – BY OUR FRUIT
IV. Disciples must abide/ remain in Jesus to bear fruit.
1. The real manifestation of abiding in Christ is a surrendered life. That abiding-surrendered life in Christ is guaranteed to bear much fruit.
2. Disciples are just the branches – just stay connected to him and the fruit happens automatically.
Take time to surrender yourself completely to Christ, the true vine, on a daily basis. Our complete dependence on him will result into an automatic fruit bearing (true disciple) that brings glory to the Father.