5 – The Practice
Theme verse: “All scripture is God breathed and it’s useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the people of God may be thoroughly quipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Challenge: early or first principle
“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. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 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. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:1-11)
“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.” (v.5)
“I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.” (John 8:37)
“Sanctify them in the truth,” Jesus says; “your word is truth” (John 17:17)
1. Jesus’ Words Are God’s Words
“He whom God has sent utters the words of God.” (John 3:34)
2. Jesus’ Words Are Life-Giving
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life… Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:63, 68)
Early, first or nothing principle
“Where you treasure is, there will you heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
- What is God saying to you?
- What are you going to do about it?
- Who are you going to share it with?
– What did you learn from the early, first or nothing principle? Why do you think priority matters so much to Jesus?
– Why do you think Jesus spent time with His Father? Was it more than just modeling for us?
– What have been your practices when it comes to having TAWG (time alone with God)?
– Based on tonight, what might be some new practices for TAWG that you could start?
– What has been most helpful about this series for you? How are you going to apply it to your life?