Who Is Jesus?: Week 9

Who is Jesus?

9 – He is the Vine

8/12/15 (hs)

Podcast

Key Scripture: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 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. 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. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 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. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” – John 15

“I’m a historian. I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all of history.” – H.G. Wells

“I know men, and I tell you Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires but upon what did we rest the creation of our genius, upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love….At this hour millions of men would die for him.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Christ is the central fact of the world’s history. To him everything looks forward or backward. All the lines of history converge upon him. All the great purposes of God culminate in him. The greatest and most momentous fact which the history of the world records in the fact of his birth, which of course we come to celebrate today as Christmas.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

 

1.  Jesus loves the little children.

2.  Jesus highly values women.

3.  Jesus advocates education.

4.  Jesus cares for the sick.

5.  Jesus loves the outcast.

 

Discussion Questions:

1. How has this series shaped your understanding of Jesus?  How has it changed you internally?

2. What did you learn about the difference Jesus has made in history?

3. What difference has he personally made in your life (beyond salvation)?

4. Does knowing Jesus more intimately change your desires to tell others about Him? Why or why not?

5. Who in your life needs to know about Jesus?  How can you be prepared to tell them?