November 8, 2020
I believe that it's. crucial for Christian leaders to be prepared for leadership, Preparation for leaders is of the utmost importance. The writer John indicates the importance of preparation as he gives us the account of Jesus prepping those that will carry on Christian characteristics . He is now getting them ready to continue the message of salvation placing emphasis on the relationship they must have with the Father and the Son. It is significant as well the relationship they have with each other. In an effort to produce Discipleship, they must be all connected for their success .
1 THE FATHER'S PROVISION (John 15:4-8)
This illustration of "vine and branches", means to stay connected to the Father and the Son. As Christians, we are expected bear fruit. If we are not abiding in the vine we are subject to be as withered and cut off from the vine. Apart from Christ, we are helpless to do God's work. Acting on our own power will prove to be fruitless.
2 ABIDING IN LOVE (vv, 9-11)
Abiding here is the love that the Father and the Son share which is the same love they have for us. Should we continue to abide , we are to be obedience to the Father, Our obedience makes us one with the Son and the Father. Our relationship is a fellowship in which we share heeding the word of God, receiving joy.
3 ABIDING AS JESUS'S FRIENDS (vv. 12-17)
As Jesus shares God's divine plan , her refers to the inner circle , his friends, God would have us to know the divine plan that we may walk in victory in him. As we abide in Christ, we are able to have favor and grace as we experience his love in glorifying the Father. Our commandment is, "Love One Another" as Christ has loved us. We are to abide in Christ , loving one another as Christ loved us,
I've often heard it said "apples don't fall far from the tree". If we are to be fruitful, portraying likeness of God the Father. Should we have success in our efforts producing diciples of Christ, it's imperative we are obedient to the word of God, loving one another. This can only be accomplished by abiding in love.
Rev. Johnny H. Eskridge
St. Paul Shively Heights