September 17, 2020 (Produce Fruit)

…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…The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit…My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples…

September 17, 2020 (Produce Fruit)

Psalm 116 (CSB)

Psalm 116

THANKS TO GOD FOR DELIVERANCE

I love the Lord because he has heard 

my appeal for mercy. 

Because he has turned his ear to me, 

I will call out to him as long as I live. 

The ropes of death were wrapped around me, 

and the torments of Sheol overcame me; 

I encountered trouble and sorrow. 

Then I called on the name of the Lord: 

“Lord, save me!” 

The Lord is gracious and righteous; 

our God is compassionate. 

The Lord guards the inexperienced; 

I was helpless, and he saved me. 

Return to your rest, my soul, 

for the Lord has been good to you. 

For you, Lord, rescued me from death, 

my eyes from tears, 

my feet from stumbling. 

I will walk before the Lord

in the land of the living. 

10 I believed, even when I said, 

“I am severely oppressed.” 

11 In my alarm I said, 

“Everyone is a liar.” 

12 How can I repay the Lord

for all the good he has done for me? 

13 I will take the cup of salvation 

and call on the name of the Lord. 

14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord

in the presence of all his people. 

15 The death of his faithful ones 

is valuable in the Lord’s sight. 

16 Lord, I am indeed your servant; 

I am your servant, the son of your female servant. 

You have loosened my bonds. 

17 I will offer you a thanksgiving sacrifice 

and call on the name of the Lord. 

18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord

in the presence of all his people, 

19 in the courts of the Lord’s house—

within you, Jerusalem. 

Hallelujah!

Proverbs 21:21–25 (CSB)

21 The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love 

will find life, righteousness, and honor. 

22 A wise person went up against a city of warriors 

and brought down its secure fortress. 

23 The one who guards his mouth and tongue 

keeps himself out of trouble. 

24 The arrogant and proud person, named “Mocker,” 

acts with excessive arrogance. 

25 A slacker’s craving will kill him 

because his hands refuse to work.

John 15:1–16:4 (CSB)

THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES

15 “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. 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. 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.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. 

CHRISTLIKE LOVE

“As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. 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 these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

12 “This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master, is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you.

17 “This is what I command you: Love one another. 

PERSECUTIONS PREDICTED

18 “If the world hates you, understand that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you. 20 Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they don’t know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 The one who hates me also hates my Father. 24 If I had not done the works among them that no one else has done, they would not be guilty of sin. Now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this happened so that the statement written in their law might be fulfilled: They hated me for no reason.,

THE COUNSELOR’S MINISTRY

26 “When the Counselor comes, the one I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 You also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. 

16 “I have told you these things to keep you from stumbling. They will ban you from the synagogues. In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering service to God. They will do these things because they haven’t known the Father or me. But I have told you these things so that when their time comes you will remember I told them to you. I didn’t tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you.

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