StoneBridge Community Church
I Am - The True Vine
Associate Pastor Jonathan Lusche
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Saturday 6:00 PM

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In the Gospel of John, Jesus introduces himself to the world through a variety of analogies that begin with two words - I am. "I am the true vine... the bread of life... the light of the world...", etc. In his own words, Jesus illuminated his character and truest identity. This week's worship launches a new, six week series called, Two Words That Change Everything - I Am.

Agriculture In Israel

The study of the history of ancient agriculture in the Land of Israel has been the focus of a great amount of research in recent decades. Much more data is now available as a result of an intensification of data-collection and the use of new methodologies during archaeological excavations and surveys...

Grape Pruning Basics

All grapes require heavy pruning to produce fruit, but only after the first three growing seasons.

Free Spiritual Fruits Inventory

The Fruits of the Spirit can fluctuate greatly over time, especially with any prolonged drift away from God's word. This quiz is designed to provide a sense of awareness where weak areas may be made stronger.

An Introduction to Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence was born Nicolas Herman in Hériménil, near Lunéville in the region of Lorraine, located in modern-day eastern France...

Priceless Wisdom From Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence never wrote a book. After his death 15 of his letters and recollections of conversations with a colleague were gathered and published, titles The Practice of the Presence of God. The following pages give an adaptation and paraphrased summary drawn from the letters, with some modernization for ease of comprehension.
1. When you make yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, what type of jelly do you prefer?

"Grapevines grown wild, thin themselves out so much that ultimately, they produce small, sour grapes..."

2. In your life experience, have your ever stretched yourself so thin that all you could produce in your life was "sour grapes"? What were the circumstances and how did you overcome it? Did overcoming the circumstances require "pruning" some things or "aggressively pruning" some things? What do you think about the idea, pruning makes you stronger?

3. What was your reaction to pruning also being translated as catharsis / cathartic? If pruning is cathartic, then what ends up in the scrap heap? What remains? How is that cathartic?

"What we cannot do for ourselves, God is doing within us."

4. How do you see God's grace in God's pruning?

5. Bearing fruit worthy of the vine, includes the fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5:22, 23 - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. With God's help, which of these virtues do you feel you need to grow in?

6. Hoping to accomplish more, have you ever stopped abiding in God? How did that conclude? Did it lead to success? If not, why not? What would you do differently?

7. Is Brother Lawrence's example of simple, Christian spirituality, helpful? If not, why not? If so, how?
Next Steps:
1. In your current season of life, consider ways God may be pruning you?
2. Take the Spiritual Gifts inventory that included above. Then prayerfully consider way God may be wanting to "grow" you.
3. Read the Priceless Wisdom From Brother Lawrence article from above and prayerfully attempt to apply his approach to spirituality to your own Christian journey.

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