Episode 175 – Flora & Faith Pt 1: Abiding in the Vine

Some of the most powerful lessons on faithfulness in Scripture come from flora illustrations. When we understand the flora behind the illustrations, we grasp the lessons at a deeper and more impactful level. As we launch into this new series, we begin in John 15 with Jesus’s famous words about the “vine and the branches.” As we’ll see, placing Jesus’s words in their viticulture context provides a vivid picture of what Jesus wants from his disciples, and what must be done to live a fruitful life!

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • Reflect on one or two challenging seasons in life when your faith felt flat or fruitless. What was it like? What was happening? How were you feeling? 
  • How did God meet you and “lift you up” during those challenging seasons? Did you stay connected to the vine in those seasons? 
  • Name at least one example from your life when God pruned something that was good in order to make room for something better. 
  • What are some concrete ways to abide in Jesus? (Try to think beyond reading your Bible, praying, and going to church.) 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

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  1. Glinda September 21, 2023 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for the enlightening teaching.

    • Brad Nelson October 6, 2023 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Thanks for your encouragement Glinda!

  2. Eric Green September 26, 2023 at 8:43 am - Reply

    That was awesome and very clear teaching. Thank you.

    • Brad Nelson October 6, 2023 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Thanks Eric!

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