TRUE LIFE #2

May 1, 2022   /   Big Valley Grace Community Church

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A LOVING WITNESS

⁵ “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” ⁸ “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:5,8 ESV 

Jesus wants us to abide in Him so we will bear fruit in two WAYS: 

Way #1: LOVING One Another

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” John 15:12-17 ESV

Way #2: Bearing WITNESS

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said 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 all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’ 26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.” John 15:18-27 ESV 

Jesus wants the fruit of your life to be a LOVING WITNESS.

Three questions to help you ACT as a loving witness:

“A” ACKNOWLEDGE

Question #1: Who is around me?

“C” CALENDAR

Question #2: When can I interact with them this week?

“T” TELL

Question #3: How is God working in my life?

ACT as a loving witness:

Acknowledge the people around you.

Calendar a time to interact with them. 

Tell them how God is working in your life.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  John 15:9 ESV

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