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Bear Much Fruit

A GrapevineOne of the keys to a healthy church is ensuring that each member is attached to Christ himself. The individual, the church and its dependent household bodies are linked to Jesus and draw their life from him like Christian vine branches. The New Testament emphasized in a variety of ways this bond between Christ who is the stem or trunk and the members of his Body who are the branches. In another analogy, the household is the bride and Christ is the bridegroom. Again, in a third analogy, the church is the building and Jesus is the foundation.

The Christ Stem

FaceMy late wife and I together with our little daughter were on holiday some years ago in Folkestone on the South coast of Britain. As we walked along the sea wall one evening, we came across a vine growing inside a greenhouse. We looked down from the footpath at the greenhouse below. A dense mat of vine branches and leaves covered the glass roof. We searched diligently and eventually spotted the stem in a corner of the greenhouse bringing nourishment from the ground. It became for us a vivid reminder of the special relationship between Christ and his church, of Jesus and his disciples.✞

Attached to Christ

VineyardIn the Household Body of Christ, Jesus provides nourishment for Christians who are like vine branches. Jesus said to his disciples in John 15.5-8, "I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit." Christians, like vine branches, are nurtured by the Jesus trunk. A bough failing to produce fruit is therefore pruned off to stimulate new growth. It is also trimmed to prevent contamination and disease spreading to other parts of the plant. As Christians, we are those branches which are intended to produce fruit. We are warned that if we do not do so we too may be pruned off.✞

"Christian Vine Branches"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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