I was in an intense season of hustling and striving. My to-do list was never-ending and I was drowning in thoughts that I wasn’t doing enough. It was then that the Lord gently led me to study John 15 where Jesus gives final instructions to His disciples before His death on the cross. Does He give them a lengthy to-do list or detailed military strategy for the struggles they’ll face ahead? No. In 3 power-packed words Jesus gives them all the instruction they’d need:
Abide in Me.
Jesus’ simple instruction frees us from placing unrealistic and unnecessary expectations on ourselves and leads us to a more free, joyful, and fruitful life.
Are you weary from always trying so hard? Are you sick of hustling and feeling like you are not making the impact you desire? This Bible study will help you to break the chains of striving and release you from the need to prove yourself.
“Abide: Learning to Live a Fruitful and Joyful Life” is a 2 session Bible study series that will teach you:
+ What abiding in Christ means.
+ How to practice abiding in Christ every day.
+ The connection between abiding in Christ and experiencing the joy of the Lord.
+ The difference between busy work and meaningful and fruitful life.
What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ [Abide Session 1]
Jesus' last instructions to His disciples was for them to simply abide in Him, His love and His word. It’s a charge to not make life as complicated as we do and a wonderful reminder that no matter how much we hustle, the fruitful life that God desires of us is only found in abiding in Him. So how...
What Does it Mean to Be a Fruitful Christian? [Abide Session 2]
In John 15, Jesus makes it clear He is not just any vine but the TRUE vine. He is the one offering the fullness of life and joy to all that place their faith in Him. And girlfriend let me tell you, this salvation He offers was not on sale or clearance. It was the highest of prices. Good for us we...
Each year my family and I grow a small garden in our back yard. It is fun to plant, take care of, and watch grow; especially with the kids. But we don’t grow this garden just for fun. We also want the fruit to enjoy. The same is true for God. In today’s study, we learn that God is growing a garde...
How do I Know If I'm Really Saved? [Abide Session 4]
Last week we discussed that once we are saved we are always saved. We cannot lose or salvation. But I know what you’re thinking now. Well, that’s good and all, but how do I know if I’m really saved? We’re answering that exact question in today’s video. Enjoy!
You’re on the right path, headed in the right direction. Your goal now is to stay the course; to not get distracted with boredom, curiosity, fatigue or frustration. What does Jesus tell his disciples to do to stay the course? You guessed it: abide in Him. And as we’ll learn in today’s study, our ...
The Difference Between Busy Work and Meaningful Fruit [Abide Session 6]
Abiding in Jesus is the realization of just how desperately we need Him. The good news is that when we abide in Him, He also abides in us. Although we can do nothing without Him, that is never a concern for the woman that believes in Him, because He is always with her.
Why God Wants Believers to Be Fruitful [Abide Session7]
If there is anything we’ve learned from this “Abide” Bible study series it’s that God wants us to be fruitful. He wants us to shine and flourish. Then He wants us to remember that all we have is from Him and because of Him. It’s our fruit, but for His glory. In this week’s study, Jesus tells us t...
How to Experience the Joy of God [Abide Session 8]
Jesus came so that we might live joyful lives. In this video, we talk about how to actually experience this joy every day. The joy does not come from what we have or do, but from simply being in the will of God. In today's study we learn when we abide in Christ we have the freedom to wake up eac...