You green thumbs out there know how to keep plants alive and growing. The rest of us must settle for the artificial variety. All of us, however, find real life and growth in Jesus.

Notes And Next Steps

John 15:1-8 + Part 6 of the series “I Am"

We progress from “no fruit” to “fruit,” then to “more fruit” and finally “much fruit” (John 15:2,8).

“cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:2).

“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me” (John 15:4).

Jesus holds onto you for dear life.

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit” (John 15:8).

When you focus more on him and less on yourself, you hold tightly to your clear purpose: living to his glory.


  1. Visit the website of Claire Culwell http://www.claireculwell.com and learn her story. Share it with someone to make the point that life is a gift that God want us to have, and to share with others.
  2. Read the entire blog post “Wait Until 8th” https://www.waituntil8th.org/blog/2018/11/12/middle-school-misfortunes-then-and-now-one-teachers-take. Discuss it with your family.
  3. Besides social media, are there thoughts, experiences or feelings in your life that tend to make you focus on yourself, feel like a failure, or beat yourself up with shame? Describe them. Which of Jesus’ words today best helps you focus more on him?
  4. If you’ve never seen “God’s Chisel” by the Skit Guys, it’s worth a look. They masterfully depict God’s chiseling, or pruning, of a Christian who is resisting—at first. https://youtu.be/3QCkBL2DfVg.
  5. Name 3 different spiritual practices you enjoy that help you “hold onto Jesus for dear life” and at the same time Jesus is holding onto you.