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May 6 Sermon – “Three Simple Rules: Do Good”
- This passage can be summed up in three words: God is love.
- Love originates from God.
- Verse 9 – Jesus is the greatest expression of God’s love.
- Verses 11 & 12 – We can only see the Father by focusing on Jesus.
- John probably has in mind Isaiah 5:1-7 and how God has lovingly prepared a vineyard for Israel. The problem is that Israel (the vine) has yielded bad grapes so the vineyard was destroyed.
- Jesus is the true vine and the church is to bear fruit by abiding in Christ.
- V. 5b - Shared life with each other and with God is the basis for being fruitful.
- V. 7 – The key is to stay in communion with Christ.
- V. 8 - God’s power and authority are shown through our fruit. We represent Jesus in the world.