I am the Vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 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.

“for the Lord disciplines the one he loves
and punishes every son he receives.

Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline—which all receive—then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had human fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but he does it for our benefit, so that we can share his holiness. No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
(Hebrews 12:6-11)

You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. 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.

“You belong to him who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.”
(Romans 7:4b)

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.

“For if we deliberately go on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries.”
(Hebrews 10:26-27)

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples.”

John 15:1-8

Unacceptable

After Jesus’ temptation, John records a year-long ministry trip around Israel. On this trip, Jesus cleansed the temple Jerusalem and performed miracles in Capernaum. Returning to his hometown of Nazareth, Jesus entered the synagogue and stirred up a hornet’s nest.

The verdict of his countrymen: “Unacceptable.”

The following is a message I shared at Grace Bible Chapel on August 27, 2017.

Follow along here: Luke 4:14-30

 

Deacons

Paul describes the church as the “Household of God” in 1 Timothy. As such, he encourages Timothy to help people understand how people ought to conduct themselves in this household. One aspect of a “successful” household is its leadership. In this passage, Paul helps Timothy understand the qualifications of Deacons in a local church.

The following is a message I shared at Claremont Bible Chapel on August 20, 2017.

Follow along here: 1 Timothy 1:8-16

Not Ashamed

We’ve all done things we’re ashamed of. Fortunately the gospel is a truth that we never have to be ashamed of.

When Paul wrote to the saints in Rome, he expressed his strong desire to visit them so that he might give them some spiritual gift. Everywhere he went, he brought the gift of God’s grace with him. Freely offered and freely received, the gospel has the power to change a person’s present and future. Though some may think the events that surrounded the crucifixion of Jesus might seem shameful, faith in Christ is nothing to be ashamed of. Learn why by listening to the message below…

The following is a message I shared at Vista Bible Chapel on August 13, 2017.

Follow along here: Romans 1:8-17

Manhood and Deity

Are you sold out to doing God’s will? Even at the expense of your own?

After Jesus grew up, he was baptized and then immediately sent into the wilderness to be tested and tempted by the Devil. Of course, he passed with flying colors, proving his Deity, and showing us how to say “no” to sin.

The following is a message I shared at Grace Bible Chapel on July 23, 2017.

Follow along here: Luke 3:21-4:13

1 Timothy Introduction

Though it was necessary for Paul to leave Timothy in Ephesus, he wrote two brief letters to help his “son in the faith” understand “…how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Timothy‬ ‭3:15‬b CSB‬‬).

The following is a message I shared at Buena Park Christian Fellowship on July 2, 2017.

Follow along here: 1 Timothy 1

Rabboni (Poem)

“Oh woman, tell us why you weep,
and why this tearful vigil keep.”

“They came and took my Lord away!
I don’t know where they’ve put Him.”

“Dear woman, tell Me why you weep.
Who is the Man for whom you seek?”

“If you have carried Him away,
I want to come and get Him!”

“Mary, it is I.”

“Rabboni!”

-Wills Osborn (6/17/2017)
Based on John 20:11-16