- How does the image of Jesus as “true vine” illustrate Jesus is?
- This image is both comforting and convicting. Jesus notes that pruning takes place (v. 2). Since the vine was an often-used metaphor for the people of Israel in the Old Testament, we know that Jesus’ words are both for individuals and for the community. To truly abide, we all need pruning. Pruning is necessary for growth. Pruning can be a painful process, and often one that we avoid. Have you experienced a time when you felt God was “pruning you”?
- How might St. Thomas as a church practice pruning? What ministries need to be pruned so that the church’s focus can be on fruitfulness to the community at this time?
- What activities might God be asking you to prune in your life? Even during this time, we have many options clamouring for our attention – news, social media, entertainment, people, and so on. How might we prune some good things for the better activity of abiding in Christ?
- How can your “Connect Group” help you abide in Christ?
- What is a practice you would be willing to try this week to help you abide in Christ? (Some examples for you: Being still, silence, meditation, listening to inspiring music, practicing attentiveness, reading Scripture, prayer, journaling, fasting, or something else.)
End with a prayer.
God bless for the week ahead.