For the Annual Meeting Weekend
SERMON: We Are Here, John 15:1-17
TEACHER: Ryan Paulson, Lead Pastor
This weekend, we’re taking a short break from our fall teaching series out of the book of Daniel. This Annual Meeting weekend, we’ll be looking at John 15:1-17 as we cast some vision for the upcoming year in Pastor Ryan’s message, We Are Here. One of the key points we’ll be learning in the message is that “Pruning is painful, but it’s for the purpose of being more fruitful.” We hope you’ll join us.
Let’s start the service by worshiping the Lord together. See the On-Campus lyrics tab below, or CLICK HERE for a printable file (PDF) of the worship lyrics. Or follow along on-screen with us if you’re worshiping with us online.
As we conclude our time of worship, consider these questions:
Reflect: Take a moment to think about this — what from the passage and message impacted you most?
Share: What verses or points made an impact on you today and why?
Pray: Have one person pray a blessing over the group.
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Keep Growing …
In light of this weekend’s sermon, following are some ways that we can continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus both personally and in connection with others. (To join or lead a Life Group, or to access leader’s notes, visit here: Life Groups Online.)
Discuss: Life Group Questions
1. Would you rather be the funniest or smartest person in the room? Why?
2. What is your typical response to God’s pruning? How do these statements from the message influence your thinking about being pruned:
– “Faithfulness doesn’t allow you to avoid pruning, it positions you to receive it.”
– “Pruning is often preparation for greater blessing and increased fruitfulness.”“Seasons of pruning are no time for hope to die, but rather time for new dreams to come to life.”
Ideally, how would you like to think about and respond to God’s pruning?
3. In seasons of pruning, God calls us to three things. What are they?
– For the first of the three — how have you been allowing the Scriptures to come and dwell in your hearts these days? What verses have you been thinking a lot about? Which have been particularly meaningful to you? Why? Also, what new lessons has God been teaching you concerning what it means to love others?
– For the second and third of the three — what are some things that your group doesn’t already know about that you are prayerfully anticipating? (In other words, what are some current things that you are trusting God for?)
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, meditate on John 15:1-11.
“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.” John 15:5
“Lord, help me to trust your pruning even when it’s difficult. Prune me so I may bear much fruit for You. I pray as my faith grows, that I will trust your plan for my good and Your glory. Amen. ”
God often uses people in our lives to help shape us and mold us more into the image of Jesus. Who are the people you are discussing what Jesus is doing in your life and how He’s pruning you with? Have a conversation this week with someone about something God is doing in your life and how you see Him working all things together for good (Romans 8:28).
This week, study 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 with an eye to how applying it will help you abide in Christ (John 15:10-11), and/or access our daily devotional guide, The Daily Fill.
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