Week 1 Big Idea: My current situation is not my permanent destination.
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
“May you experience the love of Christ though it is so great you’ll never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:19)
· Come to Me
“Come to me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I’m humble and gentle and you will find rest for your soul.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
· Follow Me
“I’m the light of the world and if you follow me you won’t be stumbling through the darkness.” (John 8:12)
· Be with Me
“When everything is ready I’m going to come and get you so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:3)
The world tells us or we tell ourselves: “You’re doing is enough”… this is an invitation to perform. Jesus on the other hand says: “Come to me… Be with me… Follow me… My burden is light…” that is an invitation to life.
“We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in the same way no matter who we are or what we’ve done. For all have sinned. All fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus who has freed us by taking away our sins. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us.” (Romans 2:22-25)
“I no longer call you servants. Now you are my friends.” (John 15:5)
God’s not inviting you to do more. He’s inviting you to be connected.
– After doing your honest assessment of your “numbness” last week, where did that leave you? Do you find yourself hopeful that things can change?
– When you think about your relationship with Jesus, do you see it as that – a relationship? Or does it feel more like rules? Why?
– What does it look like for you to abide in Christ? Does that equal doing or being for you?
– How can you apply some of what you heard tonight in hopes to break free from the emptiness and numbness?