John 15:1-11 is a popular section of scripture that you may have heard in a Sunday morning service or used in a Bible study. We often remember the picture of grapes on a vine or the main line “Abide in Me,” but have you ever stopped to look at the details of what Jesus is teaching? This course will take you on a deep dive Bible study of John 15.
In this course:
Scripture: John 15:1-11
1 “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 (ESV)
Introduction (7 min)
What would you do if you only had 6 hours to live? John records Jesus’ last lesson to his disciples before he was arrested and crucified. This lesson is found in John 15:1-11. This lesson is an introduction to our full course on this passage called “Abide in Me.”
Session 1: Abide in God (27 min)
John 15:1-11 is a popular section of scripture about Jesus telling his disciples to “Abide in Me.” It is the last lesson He gives his disciples before going to the cross. “Abide” is the verb of interest in this lesson. If we don’t understand what this word means, it will be difficult to follow Jesus’ instructions.
Session 2: Grafted In God (20 min)
What makes a carpenter over a hobbyist? What makes an athlete over a weekend warrior? What makes an expert over a fraud? Buying the right clothes, practicing the proper language, and participating in certain activities can give us the illusion that we are more qualified and producing more than we actually are. So what makes a Christian over just acting like a Christian? John 15:1-11 clearly states that as followers of Christ there is only one source we can plug into to bear fruit: God. This lesson provides practical applications for how you can be certain you are grafted in God’s vine and how to stay grafted in the vine.
Session 3: He Prunes… (32 min)
In gardening pruning is the process of thinning out the plant so that it can produce more fruit. This means removing branches or growths, and sometimes a lot. In a spiritual sense this is not as pleasant as it sounds. You are the branch that is going to get pruned. Prepare for pain ahead! This lessons continues our study of John 15:1-11 with practical applications on the spiritual process of pruning.
Session 4: Apart from me you can do nothing (27 min)
“Apart from me you can do nothing” is easily in Jesus’ top 10 most controversial statements. In this case He is talking about the fruit (what we produce) from the branches (us) grafted into the vine (Jesus). Continuing our study of John 15:1-11, this lesson explains what this statement means and gives practical applications for what types of “fruit” you can be producing in your Christian walk.
Session 5: Thrown Away (30 min)
Branches that bear no fruit have no future. In fact they are thrown away and burned. How do you know if you are a dead branch? How do you know if you are saved? This lesson concludes our study of John 15:1-11 and gives you practical application on how you can avoid becoming a dead branch and remain secure in your salvation.