Summary: Jesus told His disciples the secret to being a fruitful follower.
What Kind of Branch Are You?
May 25, 2003 Chester’s FBC, Chester, IL Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A It’s getting warmer and people are getting their gardens ready!
a Corn, tomatoes, beans, flowers.......
b Winery in Red Bud has their rows all staked out and ready for growth.
B Our message is "What Kind of Branch Are You?".
(Jesus and his disciples had just had the Lord’s Supper, Judas had done disappeared from the disciples. Probably going up to the Mount of Olive’s to pray. He looks over a valley filled with a huge vineyard.)
a JN 15:1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
b Jesus told his disciples the secret to being a fruitful follower. (ETS)
C We become fruitful by staying connected to Jesus. (ESS)
a I hope you stay connected to the vine. (Objective)
b What kind of branch are you? (Probing Question)
T.S. b Let’s look at three branches that will describe each one our spiritual walks.
Jesus told his disciples the secret to being a fruitful follower. We become fruitful by staying connected to Jesus.
A We’ve looked at 3 branches that described each one our spiritual walks.
(1) Disposable (2) Prunable (3) Fruitful
B I hope you stay connected to the vine.
a Flourish or squeak by. Grumble or Grow.
b You chose which branch that describes your spiritual walk.
C What kind of branch are you? (P.Q.)
a Anybody ever use honey? A bee works it’s whole life gathering, making, storing and producing honey. The average bee spends its entire life producing 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey. (Doesn’t seem like much, but you get a lot of bee’s making honey...we can dine fine!)
b You may think your fruit doesn’t matter, you’re just one person. When we all produce much fruit...we become a branch that produces a bumper crop for Christ.
I The first branch that describes our Christian growth is....a disposable branch.
A The vine-dresser, always looking out for the best interest of the vine, removed the fruitless branches from the vine. (2 reasons: (1) Justice to the unfruitful branch & (2) Kindness to the fruit bearing branches.)
a At one time these branches appeared to be promising, full of potential,. . . but they dried/died on the vine.