Thirty Days in John 15, Day 17: His Words Abiding in Us

We’ve been called by our Savior, our vine, to abide in Him, to draw all that we need from Him. We remain in Him, and He remains in us. Together we produce fruit that brings glory to the Father. While Jesus abides in us, so do His Words. “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you…” Does this just mean we need to memorize (or study 🙂 […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 16: Catch Up and Optional Lesson

Today’s the day! Use it to catch up on some of those lessons you haven’t been able to complete! Spend some time memorizing a verse or two from the chapter, too! For an optional assignment, type the words “I am” in Blue Letter Bible’s search box. Before clicking “Search”, click the blue “Adv. Options” button to the right of the search box, and type “John” in the “Custom Selection” box.  (App users, search […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 15: God’s Word Abiding in Us

We’re spent a great deal of time on the first few verses of John 15. That’s because these words of Jesus are so important for the way we live as His disciples. Really taking hold of what He is saying and living it can transform our lives! We are one with Him. He is in us. We are in Him. We need to rest in that truth, knowing that He, the vinedresser, […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 14: Abiding in Jesus

We’re listed statements about bearing fruit, and we’ve listed more statements about abiding. We’re going to look at those lists and the rest of John 15 today. What exactly does abiding in Christ mean? Assignment: Pray for a clear mind and a heart that is open to the Holy Spirit’s instruction as you study. Then open your Bible, or take out the copy of the text that you have been marking. We’re […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 13: The Fruit of the Spirit

Our purpose in life as God’s children is to bear fruit. Fruit is proof that we are truly followers of Jesus. But this fruit is not outward acts that we rely on to earn us God’s favor. Instead, fruit is outward manifestations of the work God has already done in our hearts. Fruit is not a test of our position with Christ. It’s a result of our position in Him. Fruit […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 12: Fruit, Part 2

Here we are on Day 12, and we’re still steeping ourselves in the first few verses of this amazing chapter. My plan has been to focus mostly on the first half of the chapter, but I’m starting to wonder if this is going to turn into a 45-day study! We’ll see! If the Father is glorified when we bear much fruit, and if fruit is evidence of our discipleship, we […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 11: Abide and Fruit

When we moved onto seven acres of land with our six children, we went crazy with all that space. Along with fruit trees and raspberries and blueberries and a big garden, (and an assortment of animals), we also ended up with a couple long rows of table grapes. Unfortunately, with six kids and no internet, we never really got around to learning how to properly care for the vines. We […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 10: Fruitful Branches

Whichever way we choose to interpret the first half of John 15:2, we can see why the vinedresser does what he does. It’s not unreasonable for him to remove branches that don’t bear fruit, and It’s commendable for him to give extra care and attention to branches that have grown down onto the ground where they will not mature properly. Whether he is cutting away fruitless shoots or tending to […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 9: Catch Up and Optional Lesson

Another catch-up day has arrived! Use it as needed! As an optional lesson, study the significance of the vine in more detail, as described below. Search for John 15:1 on Blue Letter Bible . Go to the dictionaries again by hovering over the “Tools” button and selecting “Dictionaries” in the drop-down menu. (App users, click the verse and then select “Dictionaries.”) Then scroll down to the heading “Torrey’s New Topical Textbook.” (App users, scroll […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 8: Unfruitful Branches

We’ve seen that the vinedresser had much more to do than just prune the vine, although the pruning is probably the most important factor in its fruitfulness. The vineyard of the sluggard in Proverbs 24 reminds us that vines need constant attention and upkeep. Walls needed to be kept in repair, and weeds needed to be removed. The fruit needed protection from hungry and destructive animals. If the vines failed […]

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