Memory Verse: John 15:7
DISCIPLESHIP THAT WORKS
Prior to the Last Supper, Jesus spoke to his apostles about his impending death, resurrection, and betrayal by Judas. Despite this, Jesus emphasized the future of his apostles and promised to send the Holy Spirit to guide and remind them of his teachings. He urged them to remain faithful and continue his work, even in the face of hardship.
During the Last Supper, Jesus used the metaphor of a vine and its branches to illustrate that he is the true vine, and God is the gardener who prunes the branches to produce spiritual fruit. Jesus wanted his followers to understand that they could only bear spiritual fruit by remaining connected to him.
The context of John 15:7, is rooted in the idea that we must remain connected to Jesus and his Word if discipleship is going to work.
John 15:7 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Discipleship that Works is the kind that is in every way connected to God’s Word.
Everyday life: fervently connected to God’s Word
Effective prayer: it is emphatically guided by God’s Word
Enduring fruit: Fruitfulness is divinely instructed by God’s Word
1. Everyday life: fervently connected to God’s Word
"Saturate your sermons with Bibline, the essence of Bible truth, and you will always have something new to say." -Charles Spurgeon
"If, by this means of biblical meditation, thou dost not find an increase of all thy graces, and dost not grow beyond the stature of common Christians, and art not made more serviceable in thy place, and more precious in the eyes of all discerning persons; if thy soul enjoy not more communion with God, and thy life be not fuller of comfort, and hast it not readier by thee at a dying hour: then cast away these directions, and exclaim against me forever as a deceiver. - Richard Baxter
Lexical word meanings:
Abiding (meno): To remain, dwell, continue
So here, if you are going to live here…IN CHRIST
Its going to mean his word is going to abide IN YOU.
Word (logos): The message, communication, or revelation of God
The Spirit-filled walk demands, for instance, that we live in the Word of God as a fish lives in the sea. By this I do not mean that we study the Bible merely, nor that we take a “course” in Bible doctrine. I mean that we should “meditate day and night” in the sacred Word, that we should love it and feast upon it and digest it every hour of the day and night. - A. W. Tozer
2. Effective prayer: it is emphatically guided by God’s Word
Prayer is not meant for the Lord’s information. The question is not put to you that you may instruct him, but that he may instruct you. - Charles Spurgeon
Lexical word meanings:
Asking (aiteo): To request, beg, or call for