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When you order a meal at McDonald’s, there is a question ask you: “Would you like that meal supersized?” What they are asking you is if you want more; if you want better, if you are not going to be satisfied with the ordinary. In John 15, verses 1 through 11, Jesus talks about how we can supersize our faith as Christians. Jesus wants more for us than the status quo. He wants us to be more than just people who show up for church and sing a few songs on Sundays. 

 

At Dream City Church we push for more in walking with Christ. John 15:1-11 shows us what it looks like to supersize our faith. 

 

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

How to Bear Fruit In Christ 

Jesus is talking about how to bear fruit in Christ. If you notice in the verses, there is a fruit-bearing progression. First, Jesus says that he who does not bear fruit will have his branch taken away. Then he talks about bearing fruit and, after that, bearing more fruit. Finally, he talks about bearing much fruit. 

 

How do we bear *much* fruit in Christ? What characteristics does fruit have? 

 

  1. Fruit always bears the character of the tree of which it is a part: You will not find apples on an orange tree. The character of the tree will always determine the nature of the fruit.
  2. Fruit is always visible: You will never see invisible fruit, so if you are bearing fruit for Jesus, people around you are going to see it.
  3. Fruit always exists for the benefit of someone else: Fruit does not eat itself. Fruit that eats itself is rotten fruit; it turns on itself. You know you’re bearing fruit when the people around you want to take a bite out of your life.

 

If no one wants to be like you, then you are not a productive branch – that’s the bad news. The good news is that there is a remedy. To be a supersized saint, you are going to have to learn how to grow in your abiding. Abiding is John’s word of intimacy. He uses it ten times in these verses. What does it mean? It means you need to get close to Jesus.

Abide in Christ

In those verses in John, Jesus is talking to people who are already Christians, so he’s not telling them how to get saved; he’s telling them how to bear fruit and supersize their faith. Like a tea bag that you dip in and out of the cup, many Christians just want to visit Jesus on Sunday or Wednesday or merely say grace before a meal and leave it at that. 

 

A lot of Christians want to date Jesus, but he doesn’t want to date you; he wants to marry you, to live with you, and to be in fellowship with you. This is a life lived fully rooted in Christ. Transformation and change in your life will only take place as a result of abiding. 

It’s Personal

Online predators know that they can groom kids with their words, making them trust and believe them and even fall in love with them based only on what they say. But it’s not the words themselves that hold the power; it’s the person behind the words. Likewise, there is a person behind the word of God. Truth is incarnational. Truth is a person. 

 

God wants to abide with you all the time, every day, 24/7. Jesus says that when you abide with Him, He will infuse your life with abundance. Your work, your days off, your time off – all of that belongs to Jesus. To learn more about what this looks like in your daily walk with God, visit our website at Dream City Church or contact us today

The above is an abbreviated version of the message that Pastor Luke originally preached on May 5th, 2024. We invite you to join us for Sunday Service at Dream City Church each week to hear Pastor Luke and other speakers in person. You can also stream our services online here. If you enjoyed this article, don’t forget to share it with someone who might need to hear this powerful message!

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