Message Transcript 1 ""I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn' 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. 9 ""I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father's commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 his is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn';t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16 You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other. John 15:1-17 What is it that has caused you to drift or mozy away from him or even run? Drift due to carelessness. Spiritual laziness that comes from lack of willpower. Drift due to distraction. You let other values overrule your faith. Drift due to sin which can lead to shame and guilt. Drift due to unresolved pain that wears away at your confidence in God. Drift due to unexplainable tragedy. A shock to the spiritual system that makes Jesus suspect in your eyes. Drift due to unanswered questions and spiritual confusion. You're not so sure anymore about Him. Stick with Jesus. The stakes are too high for you to drift or walk away. Everything good in life comes to those who remain in Him.