Interactive Message Notes, Scriptures, & Group Discussion Questions
(1) Christ is the source of a life that flourishes
"1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.2He 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.3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.4Remain in me, as I also 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.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
(2) A disconnection leads to dysfunction
(3) A deep connection produces a deep satisfaction
John 15:7-11 (NIV)
“7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 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. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
Your identity’s source is God’s love.
1. Remind yourself of God’s love, daily.
(Scriptures on God’s Love: 1 John 4:16, Romans 5:5, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Romans 8:39, Psalm 136:2, Ephesians 3:18, James 1:17)
2. Remain among God’s people.
3. Resist self-sufficiency by serving with others.
LIFE CONNECT Questions
LIFE CONNECT Questions
Inside Job. Identity is a big deal for us humans. How many years have you spent trying to identify who you really are? How many times have you heard someone say, “I just need to find myself.” We all are on a quest for a deeply satisfying life, which often causes us to search for our purpose through external activity. Our identity isn’t shaped by our activity. In fact, your life (activity) is sourced by your identity. Your identity is shaped by your internal voice. And I believe Jesus is the best voice to shape our identity.
Connect IN Conversation.
[Conversation starters for your group.]
Connect to the Word and Others.
[Read it, talk it out, & be open.]
Connect to Life.
[Pick one of the following to do this week.]