“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Yesterday, I gave a message from John 15:1-11. I did something that I hadn’t done yet at my new church in Vancouver, WA. I was talking about connecting with Jesus along with how important it is to stay connected based on what that passage says about what happens to branches that don’t bear fruit. I used smartphones as an example of staying connected. Those of us with smartphones, we stay connected with people through many different avenues: facebook, twitter, email, text, phone call, etc. And this is where I did something different. I asked for the church to respond to the question, “How do you connect with Jesus?” I asked for them to text me their answers so that I could share in the service with them how the rest of the church is connecting with Jesus.
The paragraph below is the compiled answers I received by text during the message:
Pray daily, read the Bible(try daily), sing praise to my Lord, talk about Jesus to my family, going to church and church events…worship music…through nature…being grateful, prayer, loving and caring for the unlovely…helping people…by the word of Christ…daily praise, prayer, and bible study…reading the gospel, praise music, prayer, various ministries, bringing God into secular activities…daily quiet time with scripture and prayer…journaling…prayer and reading the word…prayer and worship and by clinging to my belief in him through the Bible reading…Daily Bread readings and prayer…studying the Bible and prayer…prayer…Bible, song, Christian friends, prayer…meditate on His word…prayer, reading God’s word, prayer journaling and Christian music…prayer and reading His scripture, fellowship with other believers, listening for His nudges in the still quiet moments, praise and worship songs…reading His word, praying, and obeying…prayer, reading the Bible, meditation and fellowship with other believers…prayer, and reading the Bible…Prayer…
Do you notice any themes? Bible, Prayer, praise, fellowship, and service….
Not only am I excited about these answers…as we stay connected to Jesus, He will help us bear much fruit!!
My encouragement for us this week: Increase your connection to Jesus so that you can bear much fruit!
Have a Great Week Increasing Your Connection to Jesus!