About Open Worship (Extended Open Worship; John 15:1-8)

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John 15:1-8: Jesus the True Vine (NRSV):
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

Queries:

Which words and images in this text are most clarifying or helpful for you?

How do you experience God’s involvement in your life? What does God do to you or for you or with you or through you?

What does it mean to you to “abide in Christ” and why is this important?

Have you ever felt like you were being “pruned”? What was that experience like?

“Fruit” is mentioned six times in this text. What is the fruit? How do you know it when you see it?