Life Group Questions
- Have you ever been disconnected from someone important in your life? Maybe a parent, spouse, friend, sibling, etc. Describe how that affected your relationship. Did it put stress on it, did the relationship break? What steps do you have to take in relationships after you’ve been disconnected for a period of time?
- Describe the activity of God in your life right now. Do you feel like he is close, far off, uninvolved? Why do you think you feel that way? When do you feel connected to him? When you don’t feel connected, what does that look like in your life? When you don’t feel connected to him, what steps do you take to try and reenter into the relationship?
- What were some ways that Luke pointed to beginning ways to stay connected to Father? Which ways is the spirit inviting you to connect to the Father?
- Describe how God uses love as the basis for staying connected. Does that look the same or different in the way we stay connected to each other as humans?
- Read 1 John 4:16-21. How does this description of love strike you? Do you find this passage challenging, motivating, defeating, encouraging?
- What ways is Jesus inviting you to be connected to him? Are there any specific things you need to do this week or month?
Sermon Notes and Scripture
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 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. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Why being connected is important?
- Staying connected produces fruit
- Being disconnected produces nothing
How do we say connected to the vine?
- Do what Jesus says
- Love like Jesus loves