Sermon Notes 2018 09 02 PM

September 02, 2018 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1863
#15 in series

Abiding Relationships
John 15:9-17


In the last message, we took a deeper look at the concept of the vine in Scripture and how Jesus is our True Vine. We talked about the blessedness of dying to self and finding our life in the Vine. We also learned that pruning isn’t punishment, but that God doesn’t allow us to prune ourselves because He doesn’t trust us to do it correctly. Finally, we looked at the evidence of fruit in the life of a believer: answered prayer, a fruitful life, abiding in love, and the presence of joy.

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“Thus it was with Christ. Never following His own way; always bound to the imperative must of the Father’s will; yielded to the cross as a willing Sufferer. And so it has been with His followers. Not strong to stand alone, but always yielded to the Father’s will, that He should lead them...” – F. B. Meyer

If I am abiding, I am giving evidence of:


A) Others Before Me

You see this mind set revealed throughout the New Testament. Here are a few examples that we need to make a part of our daily dying to self and living for God and others.

Be at peace with one another Mark 9:50

Love one another John 13:34, 35; 15:12, 17; Romans 13:8

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; Romans 12:10 give preference to one another

Be of the same mind toward one another Romans 12:16, 15:5

Do not judge one another anymore Romans 14:13

Building up one another Romans 14:19

Accept one another Romans 15:7

Admonish one another Romans 15:14

Care for one another 1 Corinthians 12:25

Through love serve one another Galatians 5:13

We are members of one another Ephesians 4:25

Be kind to one another Ephesians 4:32

Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ Ephesians 5:21

Do not lie to one another Colossians 3:9

Teaching and admonishing one another Colossians 3:16

Comfort one another 1 Thessalonians 4:18

Encourage and build up one another 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Live in peace with one another 1 Thessalonians 5:13

Seek after what is good for one another 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Stimulate one another to love and good deeds Hebrews 10:24

Encourage one another Hebrews 10:25

Confess your sins to one another James 5:16

Fervently love one another 1 Peter 1:22

Be hospitable to one another 1 Peter 4:9

Serving one another 1 Peter 4:10

Humility toward one another 1 Peter 5:5

B) The depth of relationship

One commentator said, “As He had obeyed His Father and abode in His love, they were to obey Him (Christ) and abide in His love. They were to have the same law-love relationship. Love was to rule at the center, and law was to rule at the circumference. They were to love Him so much that they delighted in obeying Him.”

“It is not enough that our actions be good and praiseworthy if our intentions are not pure and upright. It is to profane the good to do it with a bad end in view.” – Jean Daille