Intro to series - 

Vitality - Life to the Fullest Measure

  • the state of being strong and active; energy.
  • the power giving continuance of life, present in all living things.

 

Three ways vitality is established in the life of a believer: We ALL need ALL 3 of these

  1. Wisdom - Obedience -
    1. Teaching or instruction -
    2. natural law
  2. Community - Relationships -
    1. learn from another’s mistakes -
    2. get help to make you better
    3. “iron sharpening iron"
  3. Grace - Miraculous -
    1. Fixes what we cannot fix -
    2. gives us divine power to repent of our ways and follow good advice

 

Our 2 key scriptures for the series:

  • John 10:10

 

Our scripture for today

John 15:1-11

1 “I am the xtrue vine, and my Father is xthe vinedresser. 2 xEvery branch of mine that does not bear fruit xhe takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, xthat it may bear more fruit. 3 Already xyou are clean xbecause of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 xAbide xin 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; xyou are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that xbears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me xhe is thrown away like a branch and withers; xand the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If xyou abide in me, and my words abide in you, xask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 xBy this my Father is glorified, that you xbear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 xAs the Father has loved me, xso have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 xIf you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as xI have kept xmy Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, xthat my joy may be in you, and that xyour joy may be full. 

 

Start with the end in mind: vs 11 - I say these things that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be made full -

Spiritual Vitality is the fountain of all other forms of vitality.  

  1. bearing fruit - OUTWARD SIGNS OF Vitality
  2. Biblical belief will ALWAYS have evidence
      • The character of Christ
      • The power of Christ
      • The Wisdom of Christ
      • The activity of Christ
  3. I am the vine - Spiritual vitality is the direct result of a vibrant connection with Jesus the vine
    • If you are connected you will bear fruit - if you are not connected you will not
  4. The Father is the vine dresser - Spiritual vitality is the direct result of submission to the Father the gardener vine-dresser
    • He lifts up - he picks the branches out of the dirt and cleans them and puts them in the sunlight.
    • He prunes - he cuts away parts that are stealing life from the main thing.
  5. Response
    • WisdomHOW do we connect and enlarge our connection with Jesus
      • Abide in me …. ask whatever you wish - abide means DO LIFE - in me - pray without ceasing.
        • Jesus makes a promise in verse 4 - "remain in me I WILL remain in you"
      • My Words abide in you - do the words of Jesus LIVE in you?
      • Abide in my love - keep my commandments
    • Community - talk to friends etc about how their connection to Jesus has worked and ask them to keep you accountable!
    • Grace - come today ask and believe the Lord will give the gift of life
      • this begins in repentance we come to the Father the vine dresser 
      • we ask him to do what we cannot do
      • we ask him for grace to help us do what we can do

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