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What was Jesus' point in the teaching? In John 15:1-11, Jesus shows everyone that he is the one and only true way. The referring of him as a vine tells that God removes any branches that do not bear fruit and only cuts back on the vines that do bear the fruit. I think that in terms of this, Jesus is making it knownthat he is the vine and we are the branches. In the bible it says “no branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine” (John 15:4), this means that we will not be completely grown or developed without the help of our creator, Jesus. If we truly believe in Him and His process in life, we will bear fruit. The more weseek His guidance and care then, we will be able to bear more fruit. Bearing fruit is an automatic reactionwhen someone is a Christian. In other words, it comes to Christians by the power of the spirit. When we obey the Lord we are doing what He has called us to do and therefore bearing fruit. It is important to understand what this metaphor means so that people will know what is expected of them. If we disobey His commands there will be consequences that are alluded to in verse 6.What sort of relevance does this teaching have for other worldviews? This teaching explains how those who do believe in God and trust his process will become more fruitful. The Bible states how the ones who do follow God will have a longer, everlasting life. People who do not believe will be cut off from the vine and sent to the fire which means going to Hell. This worldview revolves around Christianity and what Christians believe. Furthermore, the Christian worldview makes it apparent that God is at the center and as Christians, we are to follow His commandments. On the contrary, other worldviews such as New Age believe they are their own gods and they determine what is morally right or wrong based on their personal judgement. A different worldview called Naturalism is evolved natural beings who live and die with no purpose or salvation and rely directly on science for answers. What does this teaching reveal about Jesus?Jesus is our source of existence and life. The vine he talks about is the reason the branches have any existence. Without any vine then, the branches would nothave any supply of nutrients and inturn, would die. This relates to why our relationship with God is so essential to our lives. When we grow in our faith, we can become more fruitful and feel absolutely filled with the love of God. Jesus wants to be close to us and this verse shows how we will benefit by following
His commands. To be close to Him we must do what He has asked of us. All of his rules are there because he loves us and knows what is best for His people. When we follow along with what he has asked of us, the joy that he has, is then in us.
Group answer 2:The gospels are at the beginning of the New Testament in the Bible and contain countless accounts of Jesus. These passages talk about His purpose and they are able to reveal the nature of Jesus. Along with the rest of the Bible, they give an insight to who the Lord truly is. John 14:5-11