Northside Church of God
Growing in Christ: The Essentials of Discipleship
The Vine and the Branches: Finding out who our ONLY source should be and the connection that we have in Him as that source.
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  • Northside Church
    Sunday 9:00 AM
  • Northside Church
    3225 Cairo Rd, Paducah, KY 42001, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM
Jesus describes Himself as the vine in this parable, and the followers are the branches. Christians are called to get their spiritual life, power, and growth directly from their relationship with Jesus, just as branches draw their nutrition and food from the vine. Christian growth involves a strong connection to Christ and goes beyond simple self-improvement.

We do not serve Jesus to receive a better life or to live “Our Best Life Now”.

Revival's Golden Key

Jesus was not afraid to shake people up. He spoke openly of their sinful nature and the righteousness of God. He forced people to confront their sin head-on, and He brought them face-to-face with their need for salvation — because He loved them.
Who do you know who isn't saved? If they died tonight, where would they spend eternity? Do you care? If so, what are you doing to help them? 
The Way of the Master will put a great tool into your hand and will teach you how to share the message of the gospel simply, biblically, and without fear — the way Jesus did! You will become equipped to confidently lead anyone — friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or stranger on the street — to a clear understanding of repentance and what it means to be a true and active follower of Jesus Christ.
Christ-Centered Growth
In this parable, Jesus presents Himself as the vine and believers as the branches. Just as branches draw their sustenance and nourishment from the vine, Christians are called to derive their spiritual life, strength, and growth directly from their relationship with Jesus. Christian growth is not merely about self-improvement; it's about being deeply connected to Christ.

This process starts with a renewal of your mind, literally meaning changing the way you think.
It also means that ALL our growth in this life should be founded on and derived from Christ as our source.

Knowing that ALL the growth has to center on Christ alone
Marks of Christ-Centered Growth
Abiding in Christ: The central theme here is abiding in Christ. Abiding refers to remaining closely connected to Him, constantly depending on His grace, teachings, and presence. Just as branches cannot produce fruit apart from the vine, believers cannot bear spiritual fruit unless they remain in a close, intimate, and ongoing relationship with Jesus.
Marks of Christ-Centered Growth
Bearing Fruit: Fruitfulness in this context represents the visible evidence of Christ's life and character being manifested in a believer's life. This includes displaying the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Discipleship isn't just about personal spiritual growth; it's about allowing Christ's life to flow through us, impacting the lives of others and glorifying God.
Marks of Christ-Centered Growth
Dependency and Helplessness: The latter part of the verse underscores the idea of dependency. Apart from Christ, believers can do nothing of eternal significance. This humbling truth reminds us that all our efforts in discipleship, ministry, and Christian living are only effective when they flow from our connection to Christ. It's a call to acknowledge our inherent helplessness and surrender to His empowerment.
Marks of Christ-Centered Growth
Sustained Growth: Just as branches require consistent nourishment from the vine, Christian growth requires ongoing nourishment from Christ. This involves regular prayer, studying God's Word, fellowship with other believers, and a continual reliance on the Holy Spirit. A healthy, thriving relationship with Christ is necessary for sustained spiritual growth.
Marks of Christ-Centered Growth
Pruning and Refinement: Later in the same chapter (John 15:1-2), Jesus mentions pruning, which involves removing dead or unfruitful branches. Pruning symbolizes the process of God refining and purifying believers through challenges, trials, and even discipline. Such experiences ultimately lead to greater spiritual growth and maturity.
First, we learned that Jesus is the true vine, the ultimate source of life and growth for all believers.

We continued into the thought of Christ-centered growth, a transformation that begins with renewing our minds according to Christ's truth.

Abiding in Christ was cast as a central theme, urging us to remain closely connected to Him and obedient to His commandments.

Lastly, we explored the idea of sustained growth, recognizing that Christian growth is a lifelong journey that requires continuous nourishment from Christ, prayer, and fellowship with other believers.

In the grand scheme of God's design, pruning and refinement play crucial roles, challenging us to embrace difficulties and discipline as opportunities for growth and maturity.

Online Giving

Tithe & Offering2 Corinthians 9:7 KJVEvery man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. God's people have always been characterized by giving, but the way they've given has changed over time.  Giving is an important aspect of the Christian life. After all, Luke records that Jesus himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).  At Northside, we want to encourage all members to pray about giving and give as God leads them.

Northside Church of God

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