https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=147952897271420&t=161

(service starts at 2:41)

 

This week Dan continued our series on discipleship and helped us to comprehend what it means to be with Jesus and the result of that relationship, as well as to evaluate where you are on your own journey towards being with Jesus.

 

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 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. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 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.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 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. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

John 15:1-8
 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23
 

Dan taught that “To abide means that your purpose, motivation, alignment, intention, your source of power and strength, is derived from being in Christ” and when we make the choice to abide in Jesus, “your life begins to look like Jesus. Your speech, your attitudes, your actions become colored, textured by His grace.”

  • As you look at your life what fruit of the Spirit have been evident this week?
 
Dan also touched on the theme that “Discipleship is a call to me, but it is a journey of we.” It is important to remember that for long term abiding we are not intended to do this alone; we experience Jesus most fully through and with others.
  • How connected are you to your local church body? Are there some practical steps that you need to take?
 

As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”

When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.

O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
And from the heights of Hermon,
From the Hill Mizar.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.

I will say to God my Rock,
“Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a breaking of my bones,
My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 42

  • How can I reach out to others in my life who are languishing under the weight of COVID? 
  • If you are feeling spiritual dryness—a sense of languishing—how can we pray for you today?

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