How does the parable of the vinedresser retell the story of God as our Potter?
Who is the vine? Who is the vinedresser? Who is the branch? What is the duty of each?
What is the fruit Jesus speaks of? Galatians 5:22-23; Philippians 1:9-11
What happens to those that are not connected to the Vine? 1 Corinthians 3:12-15
Who are those who have been thrown away? Matt. 3:12; 25:41-46; John 15:22-24; Jude 5-7
What does Jesus tell us His Father does with fruit-bearing branches? Why does He do this? Vs.2
How are we pruned? 2 Timothy 3:16 If pruning is good for the plant, why do we fear God’s “pruning?” Hebrews 12:3-11
What does God promise to all who are fruitful? Isaiah 27:6; Hosea 14:4-8
How do we remain in Christ and why do we remain in Christ? What is the Father’s objective in all this?
How does Jesus describe the love he has for His disciples in verse 9? How is the Father’s love connected to Jesus’ love?
What does it mean to be a “friend” of Jesus? How could this be taken wrongly?
What is this mirror image supposed to tell us about Jesus’ love for his people, the love in which we are to abide?
How should we respond to the Father’s love through Jesus? Verse 10
How and why do we remain in Christ’s love if we obey His commandments? Micah 6:8; Matthew 22:34-40; Romans 13:8-10; 1 Peter 4:8-10; Hebrews 11:6
Do you think it is possible for someone to fulfill Christ’s commands in this passage apart from God’s power? Why or why not?
What are two reasons why our Lord Jesus commands us to render obedience to His commandments? Verse 11
What specific commandment does our Lord present to His disciples in verses 12-13? What is He really telling them about Himself?
What does the Advent season have to do with both the Vine imagery and the Potter imagery?