Introduction
You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you. 6“Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways 2 “Every branch in Deuteronomy bear and to fear Him.Me that does not 8:5-6 fruit He takes away.” John 15:2a
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Process #1
Process #1 God’s discipline can affect us in all areas PHYSIC including AL. __________ the
Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29For   he who eats and drinks in an unworthy
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Process #1
WEAKNE A. God may discipline you with SS. ___________
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and   they were all healed. Acts 5:16
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Process #1
B. God may discipline you with SICKNES __________ S.
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. Matthew 14:14 9 So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. 10And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam   became leprous, as white as snow.
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Process #1
C.God may discipline you with DEAT premature _______ H.
Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” 5Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. Acts 5:4b-5 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning   of wisdom, and the knowledge of the
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Process #2
Process #2 God disciplines appropriately but some sins are dealt with __________ SEVEREL Y.

 

Process #2
A. God disciplines severely the sin ofUNFORGIVENE _________________ 32 SS. “Then his master, after he had called

him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers (torturers use the rack) until he should   pay all that was due to him. 35So My

Process #2
“And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 27 Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’” Luke 16:23, 27-28
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Process #2
B. God disciplines severely the sin of IMMORAL sexual ____________ ITY.
Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Hebrews 13:4
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Process #2
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger (to take vengeance on behalf of) of all such, as we also   forewarned you and testified. 1
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Process #3
Process #3 God’s discipline is not necessary if we OURSELV judge ____________ ES.
For if we would judge ourselves, we For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. 33Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to   eat, wait for one another. 34But if another. 34But if
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Process #3
A. Judge yourself by _____________ REPENTAN 27 CE. “Because your heart was tender, and

you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord. 28 “Surely I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes   shall not see all the calamity which I

Process #3
B. RESTORATI Judge yourself by _____________ 8 ON. Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the

Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” Luke 19:8

 

Process #3
RECONCILIAT C.Judge yourself by ________________ 23 ION. “Therefore, if you are offering your

gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24

 

The Precept
God disciplines believers who are not bearing fruit in order to restore them to fellowship and fruitful productivity.

 

Conclusion
FORGE A. Do not ________ the exhortation T about God’s discipline.
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him.” Hebrews 12:5
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Conclusion
TRAIN B. Dedicate yourself to be ________ ED by God’s discipline.
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
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Introduction
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” John 15:1-3
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I.  The Passage
“Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2b
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A. “Every branch that bears BELIEVER fruit” describes a fruit-bearing . B._________ “He prunes” specifies the
“Every branch that bears fruit” pruning-agent as God the FATHER. ________

 

“My Father is the vinedresser . . . He prunes”

I.  The Passage
C.“Prune” is an act by the vinedresser to cut back to bear MORE. ______
“That it mayis the primary method 1. Pruning bear more fruit”

 

PRODUCTI to make branches ____________ VE. 2. Pruning redirects the sap from the woodFRUIT. and leaves to the ______ SEASON. 3. Pruning occurs numerous times throughout the ________

I.  The Passage
D. “Bear more fruit” reveals God’s goalWORKS. as increasing good _______
“That it may bear more fruit”

 

II. The Pitfall
II. The Pitfall: The more you live for God, the less pain you will experience. Misconception: God brings pain into your life only because you’ve done wrong. Truth: God brings pruning pain into your life because you are bearing fruit.
 

II. The Pitfall
A. Pruning can be confused with PAINFUL. discipline as both are ________
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful (lupe); nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
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In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved (lupe) by various trials.   1 Peter 1:6
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II. The Pitfall
B. Pruning can lead people to GOD. become angry with _____ C.Pruning often causes sin in believers who MATURE. are ________ 5

"Job says, `I am innocent, but God denies me justice. 6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.' (Job 34:5-6)
 

II. The Pitfall
ISSUE DISCIPLINE PRUNING

Initial sign and Distress Why did it start? You are seeking please God

Pain and Distress

Pain

You are

FRUIT

displeasing God

What is your No Fruit level of fruitfulness? What does the   Vinedresser want?

MORE FRUIT Fruit

to