John 15 and three dimensional discipleship

this is a great wee blog from Alan Wilson.
i’ve been looking at John 15 carefully for around a year now, these are good thoughts.

JS Alan Wilson

(Thanks to Chuck Miller’s book, The Spiritual Formation of Leaders, for providing the following framework for some material I am working on for a church weekend next month.)

John 15 comes in the middle of a series of teaching that Jesus gives to his disciples just before his crucifixion and contains the famous analogy of the Vine and the branches.

Vineyard imagery is well known in the Bible and the problem in the Old Testament is that God’s people had produced bad quality fruit, as Isaiah describes it. The answer is a Vine that will produce good fruit. This True Vine – the fulfilment of God’s desire to see good fruit – is not a nation of people, but one man, Jesus. Hence his claim at the start of John 15, to which he adds that his disciples are the branches.

As well as developing this theme, John 15 adds…

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