Take out your Bible and look up the scripture. Over the next week we invite you to sit down (by yourself or even better) with your small group, a friend, family member or soul-mate, and (think about) discuss the following questions:
What plant best describes you now: Towering oak? Weeping willow? Tumbleweed? Crab apple tree? Explain.
If the vine branches were human lives, what pain would be associated with pruning? What tools? What fruit?
Jesus repeats “remain in me, love and bear fruit”. How are these words related? What is “the fruit that will last” (v. 16)?
How do verses 9 & 12 hold together? How is love the essential dynamic of the Christian life?