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What Happens to Christians Who Don't Produce Fruit?

The Balanced MomCast with Sandy Cooper

Release Date: 02/13/2020

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Jesus said 8 times (!) in John 15 that He wants us to bear fruit. But what does that even mean? In EP65 we said that abiding is all the stuff that no one sees. Well, fruit is the stuff EVERYONE sees (and feels, and tastes, and smells) coming from you. Real fruit is the natural and inevitable outgrowth of a branch that is abiding in the Vine and is regularly and properly pruned by The Vinedresser.

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In EP61 I introduced you to our new series based on John 15: Abide. If you haven't listened to that episode yet, do that first! Today I will introduce you to the Cast of Characters and the 5 Branches, but we will discuss in detail the branch in Christ that does not bear fruit. What is it? How does it get that way? What happens to it?

John 15:1-6

Cast of Characters:

1. Jesus is the Vine

2 The Father is the Vinedresser/Gardener

3. We are the Branches

  • Branch in Christ that does not bear fruit
  • Branch in Christ that bears fruit
  • Branch in Christ that bears more fruit
  • Branch in Christ that bears much fruit
  • Branch not in Christ

What does the Vinedresser do to the branch in Christ that does not bear fruit? He picks it up, cleans it off, and ties it up on a trellis or a fence

  • for air circulation
  • for exposure to sun
  • for full access 

 

Why does a branch not produce fruit?

  • Not connected to the Vine--we will talk about this one in a later episode
  • Young branch--The Father just lets you grow (The parable in Luke 13:5-9)
  • Disease or mites--The Father will try to remove the disease (sin) from you through discipline. See Deut 8:5, Hebrews 12, Rom 8:28 
  • Improper pruning--we will talk about this one in EP63

NOT ALL PAIN IS DISCIPLINE! Sometimes pain and suffering is because of someone else's sin! Abuse is NEVER discipline. 

LINKS

6 Strategies for Staying Calm When Your Child is Freaking Out

I bought my "abide" bracelet here. 

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