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John 15:1-8


1“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

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Aaron Shust explains the practical – and absolutely crucial – ways he stays peaceful even on the hardest days.

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

Our Source for the Christian Life – Jesus’ final self-identifying “I am” statement gives us the secret to the Christian life. As a grape branch must remain attached to the grapevine, we must “remain in” Jesus (15:4). Jesus is not discussing salvation here, but rather the fruit of salvation. Remaining in Jesus involves getting into his Word (15:7), and it always results in bearing the kind of fruit that Jesus produces in his people (Gal 5:22-23). No matter our circumstances, only by remaining in Christ will we be successful and produce the fruit of God.

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22 comments
  1. HOPE BEACH

    I love those verses in John. I am the vine, you are the branches. We come from God, we stay connected to God, we live with God forever!

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    Aaron Shust, thank you for sharing. I enjoyed what you shared. I have been starting each morning by reading daily devotions, a prayer book and the bible. I feel like it’s a great way to start my day by feeding my spirit. These daily readings stick with me throughout the day. I really look forward to the World’s Biggest Small Group because everyone has something so different to share. I enjoy hearing so may different perspectives and insights. May God bless you and everyone who has participated in this group.

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    jeffl

    A great reminder about being grafted to the source of power in our lives.

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    Susan

    Love the idea of morning devotion time of abiding time…just being with God. Connection to Him makes all the difference in the day & the type of fruit we will bear.

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    Thank for the reminder that we are children of the king.

    Bless

  6. Carla Lechner

    Aaron, thank you for sharing what you do in the morning, abiding with Jesus. That is such a cool idea to have coffee, read a devotional, journal, & talk to Jesus! I’ve had my quiet time with Him for a long time, but I want it to be more than it is right now, so I will start doing what you do, and see what happens. Hopefully, I’ll grow closer to Him. Pray for me that I will be closer to Him. Thanks! Carla

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    So true! The more we are in the word the easier it becomes to live the word and abide in him. Thanks for this wonderful lesson!

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    Ashley

    Thank you Aaron Shust for sharing. I start my day off with thanking the Lord for giving me this day and just praising him. That is a great idea to start a devotional journal in the mornings also. New ways to stay with a stronger connection, I love it!

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    That is a great reminder to spend time with God every day. That way we can cast our cares to Him. But more important is to remember who He is. He is God almighty. Thank you for sharing.

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    Robin

    I like how her mentions journaling anxieties in the morning during his time with Jesus. Personally, I wake up and my mind is instantly thinking of the most pressing things that day. What a beautiful way to be present with our Father and set our minds on Him.

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    Unathi

    Thank you for service to us in this small group. My takeaway is this: stay connected to the One Who overcame the world. What better way to bear the fruit He’s calling us to bear. It’s not a new message but one that we need to be encouraged to daily.

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    Debbie

    The verses from John 15:1-8 have come up more than once this week. I know God is speaking to me when this happens. In my daily life I try to seek God in everything. Many times I fail, but I know he’s there to pick me up and begin again.

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    Jewels

    Thank You Aaron Stust for taking time out of your busy life to share with us how you deal having a hard day. I for years have tried to start my day off in the word with God. I do good for a few days then I am back to my old bad habit of getting too busy to stop and pray or read my bible before I start out the door. I am asking for prayer that I will get back to seeking God 1st everyday for the rest of my life. I God Bless You today and always.
    THANK YOU AGAIN for all you do!!

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    I am moved that you have that dedicated coffee and Jesus time every morning. Jesus had that same special time with God everyday. No matter how busy He was preaching to the masses. He always carved out time to pray and just be with The Father. I have the desire to do the same thing and this daily gathering of the WBSG has help me spend time with God. Thank you for sharing.

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    Yes!!! This is just the message to reinforce the Lord’s message to me last night. I am a middle school teacher and data drives our world these days. I was reprimanded for my low scores and inability to teach my students to the point of raises test scores. The Lord showed me that I have not been praying over my job, my lessons, or my students this year. I can not do this by myself.

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    Brenda

    I never thought of the fruits of the Spirit in connection with this passage before. Makes things so much clearer.

  17. Cody Deno

    Without Jesus, I am nothing but bones and flesh. BUT With Jesus, I am victorious over this world, sin, death and even Satan himself. With His help, the fruits of the Spirit continue to grow in me, and I become closer to Him. So I must spend time daily with God, i.e. prayer, reading the Bible, praising and singing.

  18. Danice Cole

    Thank you, the book of John is one of my favorite books in the Bible.

  19. Kathleen Kauffman

    I have the opportunity to read scripture every day in my bible gateway, and there take notes on my thoughts about scripture. I usually read as I have been now for the past week, and taking notes is slow for me. But if I come to a thought that questions me, I’ll write it down. I need a group that I can take all my questions. I don’t know how to do everything, and I need to do it in the right spirit. I want to thank Aaron for doing scripture today, as with everyone else who has shared. I always understand more when we hear from other people.