Pentecost 2017: "He died for me, so I can live for Him" --- Bishop Dr. Julius Anthony Sloane

Scripture:  John 15:1-13  (Focus verse John 15:13)

15 1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more suit.  3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you, As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.   5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I  spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my  commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Key Points:

  • At the close of a person's life you need 2 things:  
    • Life Insurance
    • Last Will and Testament
  • "True vine" suggests there is a "false vine."
    • When trying to suppress it (vine), it cause it to spread out.
    • Branches can't spread unless they are connected
    • Stay connected to Jesus
  • Love 
    • Most abused word
    • Many use love in place of like
  • Abide ye in my love & keep my commandments
  • Love one another
    • Types of love 
      • Eros - sensual love
        • reserved for a husband and wife
        • too many people testing the product 
        • too many people test driving and nobody is making any purchases
      • Agape - Godly love
        • Unconditional love
        • nothing to do with you
        • We can't merit the love of God
    • Be excited that God loves you, in spite of you!
  • If He died for me, I'm going to live for Him!
  • What has gotten between you and God?
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