Purpose of Church

July 15, 2011

John 15 – 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.   5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

In some of Jesus’ last words to us, He’s explaining to us “how” to be fruitful…the reason we’re here…to produce the “fruit that lasts” (v.16).  The only fruit that lasts is those people we take with us to Heaven!  There are many (often too many) important things in our lives and then there are the things (people) who really matter (to God)!  We talk often about bringing “glory” to God–if we’re truly avid about glorifying God, our priority would be introducing people to Christ’s love and grace.  That’s the fruit that lasts and that’s the purpose for His church.