The Father is Glorified


I believe it is an impossible task to do justice to John 15 in a blog post.  Of course, this is not the first time I’ve felt this way.  It’s been a huge task to properly exegete these chapters and then condense the teaching into a post.  I’ve attempted, a few times, to share a portion of what I’ve learned, but it’s never been comprehensive.  Looking through the chapter for this week has brought me to a point of frustration.

Here are just some of the topics we could dive into:

The true Vine,  the Vinedresser, fruit, bearing fruit, branches, pruning, Romans 12, Psalm 80, abiding, abiding in the Vine, My commandments, love, loving one another, friends, sacrificial love for friends, friends of Jesus follow His command, I chose you to bear fruit, I command you to love one another, hate, the world hates Me, the world will hate you, the world persecuted Me, you will be persecuted, the world does not know Me, My Father sent Me, the world does not know My Father, the world has no excuse for their sin, they saw Me and hated Me and the Father, they hated Me without cause, Psalm 69, the Helper will come, the Helper is the Spirit of truth, He will testify about Me to you…

OVERWHELMING!!!  And I’m not at all sure I found every topic.

For a few years, Chuck Swindoll was our pastor.  Wow…they were great years learning under a phenomenal teacher.  He would choose a book and then spend as much time as necessary to complete it.  It took us a little over a year to get through Job.  AWESOME.  Each week we learned much due to his careful exegesis and outstanding communication skills.  Yet, there were still times he said he would love to spend even more weeks on a topic, but instead he implored us to study on our own.  Those were great years.  

Now to the point of a Blogged Bible Study.  I admire Carl for choosing to challenge us to look at the book of John and share what the Lord has put upon our hearts.  I don’t really know how everyone involved studies, but I do know everyone does.  We were not given the task to write a commentary, only insights from our studies.  The insights shared have been encouraging and many times, quite challenging.  I have been uplifted, convicted, amazed, edified and strengthened DAILY from these studies.  I’ve been reading the chapter during the week, contemplating the meaning, digging into passages and word studies, and enjoying my fellow contributors’ insights. 

So…please forgive me… for this will be the worst of my posts for the study.  But I’ve felt the need to thank everyone involved for the perseverence given to, and the fellowship I’ve experienced through, this endeavor.  It’s been good for me and has blessed my life.

Thank you, Carl, Darla, Joe, Scott, Annie, Dale, Nor, and Nate (miss you, Nate).

I’m happy to be a part of an undertaking which brings glory to the Father, for as it is stated in John 15:

Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing . . . My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.  ~John 15:4,5,8


17 responses »

  1. Michelle – I am SO THERE with you. I read each chapter, and … yeah, in this one, I saw SO many things to focus on. Even then, what came out wasn’t one I intended. 🙂 These are CHOCK full of stuff to study, and each study I do, the more I find TO study. “Further up and further in.” It is a wonderful exercise, however. It has blessed me so much as well. I usually love studying out of the Old Testament (and Hebrew) and then moving into the New Testament … because I like studying by topic, and to me, that is the best way of doing it. Well, at least, it’s my favorite way of doing it. I get this fantastic tapestry painted across Scripture of how God sees things. Beautiful. Anyway. Just wanted to say ‘LOVE YOU TOO!!!!’

  2. Thanks, RU, for stopping by and commenting. 😉

    Good morning, Annie! “…each study I do, the more I find TO study.” I hear you. It’s wonderful how the Spirit pulls us in even further. The Spirit of truth, the Helper, leads, guides, convicts and comforts. I am more aware of the Spirit’s ministry as I read and study. Starting in the OT makes total sense to me, considering that’s where the Lord started, as well. Love you, Sparkle!

  3. I’m not sure I’m following, Ric. Being a pastor taught him how to teach?

    We were fortunate enough to have him as a pastor in his senior years, you know, when a person is seasoned and wise from walking with the Lord for many years.

    My favorite of his books, Grace Awakening. Exceptional.

  4. Love you Princess! thanks for the link luv…

    This study has been a challenge, and i agree with Nor that Carl had a brillant idea, or just thanking God for bringing us all together. I have been so blessed by all the posts, and I do see iron sharpening iron.

    I think that we could study this for the rest of our life and never get all that is in it..just a getting what I can, and knowing when I do it will still be full of wonder for me. Love me some WORD! Love you!

  5. Our pastor teaches in the same way,the whole way throught a book. It is an awesome way to learn.

    This study is nothing short of a blessing to me, it has made me take a deeper look at scripture and has been a great encouragement.

    Love your post(s) by the way 😀

  6. Michelle…are you trick or treating.?? I hope all is ya and can’t wait to catch up with you this weekend! 😉

  7. Well I am humbled… I will post my feelings, and link back to you all.

    I pray everyday about this endeavor of the Blogged Bible Study.

    Thank you so much for this Michelle.

    I do truly do Love you Sister.

  8. Nope, Darla, not trick or treating. Although a Snickers bar sounds great about now. 🙂

    I’m thankful to the Lord for bringing us all together. Carl followed a vision/dream/goal to have a group of bloggers studying together and it’s truly been a blessing for me as well, Darla and Scott. My life is richer for having met you two. Love Y’all!

  9. Hey, Carl! I was hoping you would see this today. We are truly thankful for this opportunity to come together and study — to share what we’ve learned through our individual efforts and encourage one another with what the Lord has spoken to our hearts.

    Thank you for following after a plan I believe He planted in your heart. How could it not be from Him? He desires His Word be sent.

    “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” ~Isaiah 55:11

    Love you, Carl, and many blessings!

  10. Pingback: Humbled…. And my thoughts from the past weeks. « Faith the Continuation

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