#24 The Universal Spreading of Christ as the True Vine (4)

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#24 The Universal Spreading of Christ as the True Vine (4)

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Brother Tom Goetz continues our series on the Universal Spreading of Christ as the True Vine!

Scripture Reading: John 15:1-2, 4-5, 7-8, 12, 16-17

IV. When we abide in Christ as the universal vine, we have the church life— vv. 12, 16-17; 1 Cor. 1:2, 9, 30; 6:17; 12:27:

A. The branches are one with the vine and with one another—John 17:11, 21-23.

B. The church life, the Body, is a life of loving one another; we need to love one another in the life of Christ, in the love of Christ, and in the commission of Christ—15:12, 16-17.

C. When we abide in Christ, we participate in the wonderful fellowship among the co-branches—vv. 4-5; 1 John 1:3-7:

1. The inner life of all the branches is one, and this life should continually circulate through all the branches—vv. 2-3.

2. The church life is the fellowship, the communion, the co-participation, the mutual enjoyment of Christ—1 Cor. 1:2, 9; 12:27.

3. All the local churches should remain in this unique fellowship—the fellowship of the Body—Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 10:16; 1 John 1:3.

4. Because we are in this one flow, we cannot be separated by space; no matter where we may be, we are all in the one fellowship—1 Cor. 1:9.

“That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

-1 John 1:3

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