Stay Open and Obedient     John 15:1-17     Dec. 29, 2013



       The lesson title give good advice to all who are serious about Christ.


1.    Stay Open and obedient for the . . Possibility of Bearing Fruit. 15:1-4

       A.   The Possibility of Being A . . Pruned Branch Bearing Much Fruit. 15:1-2

       1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper.

       2 Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces

       fruit so that it will produce more fruit.


       B.   The Possibility of Being A . . Productive Branch Remaining on The Vine. 15:3-4

       3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

       4 Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the

       vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.

       When it comes to people belonging to Christ, Southern Baptists, believe when Christ saves us we are eternally saved. The degree of our faithfulness relates to our personal dedication and willingness to be obedient. If you have a problem with our doctrine of security I suggest you study Article V GodМs Purpose of Grace in the Baptist Faith and Message. Being one who bears fruit takes pruning in the real world and the illustration is here for every Christian to analyze and learn more about becoming a productive servant of Christ. Note the statement in verse three about being clean. We should never drift away from a close relationship with the Lord.


2.   Stay Open and Obedient through the . . Production of Much Fruit. 15:5-8

       A.   The Production of Much Fruit through Our . . Remaining in Christ. 15:5-6

       5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit,

       because you can do nothing without Me

       6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them,

       throw them into the fire, and they are burned.


       B.   The Production of Much Fruit through Our . . Rewards of Asking In Prayer. 15:7-8

       7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.

       8 My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.

       The works and activities of one who is not abiding in Christ produces nothing but what needs to be thrown in the trash and burned. Most preachers know about preaching in their own ability and failing to spend significant time alone with the Lord in prayer and study. When an experience like that comes it also causes one to walk closer to the Lord and his prayer life will be affected and the Father glorified.


3.   Stay Open and Obedient for the . . Partnership of Love In Jesus. 15:9-10

       A.   The Partnership of Love . . Produced by ChristМs Actions. 15:9

       9 "As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love.


       B.   The Partnership of Love . . Provided Through Keeping the Commands. 15:10

       10 If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commands and

        remain in His love.

       Why would anyone not want to remain in the love of Jesus? I consider it a major blessing to be loved by the Lord. He loves us so much He sent His Son and the Son was obedient unto death even the death of the cross. That is a major act of love. Keeping the commandments is mentioned several times in the Bible as an act illustrating a personМs love. None of us are perfect in keeping the commandments but that should be our goal.

If this is our intent we will recognize through the years how it blesses us and our homes.


4.   Stay Open and Obedient for . . Practicing A Lifestyle of Love. John 15:11-17

       A.   The Practicing Of A Lifestyle of Love . . Pattern by Jesus. 15:11-14

       11 "I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

       12 This is My command: love one another as I have loved you.

       13 No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.

       14 You are My friends if you do what I command you.


       B.   The Practicing Of A Lifestyle of Love . . Petitioned by Jesus. 15:15-17

       15 I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn't know what his master is doing. I have called

       you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father.

       16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and

       that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.

       17 This is what I command you: love one another.

The Lord patterned how He wanted the disciple to love and He specifically said, “As I have Loved you.”

He made this a command. Why? He knew in a love relationship life can be more simple and enjoyable. All of the disciples proved their love as all but John died a rather violent kind of death rather than reject their love and commitment to the Lord. John died on the Isle of Patmos in prison confinement. These kind of actions are similar to what we see in the Iran prison as Pastor Saeed Abedi refuses to recant his faith in Jesus. He certainly gives a modern day example of one who demonstrates his love for Jesus. Saeed also shows us one who can say he believes in the title of this lesson; Stay Open and Obedient. Amen? Amen!