Imagine a gardener tending to his garden.He looks at the various branches, and lovingly chooses which branches to prune.The gardener removes the dead, useless branches and tosses them in the burn pile.He then prunes the remaining branches so that eventually they will bear more fruit than they ever did before.Now imagine God as the gardener, Jesus as the vine, and you as the branch.What type of branch are you?If you abide in Jesus, you are the pruned branch that will bear fruit.If you don’t, you will be thrown away and burned.
Read John 15
·What are the different relationships that Jesus’ describes in this chapter?How do the disciples, including Judas, fit into the story?
·What is the meaning of Jesus’ allegory? (For those of you who don’t know what an allegory is, it is a …