Introduction
“Every branch in Me that does not bearWhen a branch bears fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruitdoes He no fruit, what 4 prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Abide in Me, the vinedresser do? and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 6If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are   burned.” John 15:2, 4, 6
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I. The Passage
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away.” John 15:2a
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JESUS. A. “Every branch in Me” is a believer in _______
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have a B. “Does not bear fruit” is become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 CURRENTLY believer not bearing
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. fruit ____________
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“Every branch in Me that does not

I. The Passage
C.“He takes away” is God’s parallel PRODUCTIVI response to poor ______________ 2 TY. “Every branch in Me that does not
bear fruit (present active) He takes away (present active).” John 15:2a

 

II. The Pitfall
II.The Pitfall: Does God do anything to you when you are not bearing fruit? The Misconception: God does not intervene when you are not bearing fruit. The Truth: God intervenes regularly to stimulate you to bear fruit again.
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away.” John 15:2a
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II. The Pitfall
A. Your fruitfulness is hindered if you choose SIN. to ____
What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. Romans 6:21a, 22
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II. The Pitfall
B. Your fruitfulness is hindered if WORLD. you focus on riches and this _______
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” Matthew 13:22 14 “Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard,   go out and are choked with cares,
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II. The Pitfall
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:3-4
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II. The Pitfall
C.Your fruitfulness is hindered if you give APATHY in to ________ .
And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful. Titus 3:14 1 Remind them to be subject to rulers Rev. 3:16-19 and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work. Titus 3:1
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Rev 3:16-19 So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-- I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked … 19Those whom I love I rebuke and   discipline. So be earnest, and
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Principle #1
The Discipline Principle #1 God gets involved with believers CHOICE. making fruitlessness their ongoing _______
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit (present active).”

 

Principle #1
A. “Take away” (Greek: airo) does notLIFT mean “cut off” but ____ ___ 5 UP. He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take

UP. B. “Lift Up” in the vineyard means   to clean off and tie back ___

up your bed, and go to your house.” Matthew 9:6b 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Matthew 14:20

Principle #1
C.“Lift Up” for believers means God seeks to CONTINUAL restore _____________ LY.
“He takes away (present active)”

How does God restore a believer who is not bearing fruit?
 

Principle #2
The Discipline Principle #2 God intervenes in the life of the “noDISCIPLI fruit branch” with ___________ A. NE. God disciplines every single FAMILY. member of His _______
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But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Hebrews 12:8

Principle #2
B. God disciplines as a kind and loving FATHER Heavenly ________ .
Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? Hebrews 12:9
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Principle #2
C.God disciplines when we need it, for PROFIT. our holiness and _______
For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Hebrews 12:10
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Principle #3
The Discipline Principle #3 God disciplines progressively through the STAGES Three ________ .
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; 6for whom the Lord loves He   chastens, and scourges every son
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Principle #3
Stage #1: God’s light discipline is REBUKE called ________ .
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:1617 8 And when He (Holy Spirit) has come,   He will convict the world of sin, and of
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Principle #3
Stage #2: God’s medium discipline CHASTENIN is G. called _____________
Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit,   that we may be partakers of His
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Principle #3
Stage #3: God’s heavy discipline is SCOURGIN called ____________ 1 G. So then Pilate took Jesus and

scourged Him. 2And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. John 19:1-2 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.” Matthew   10:17

Principle #3
Ligh Discipline t Med Discipline ium He avy Dcipline is

Rebu ke

Chas ng teni

Scou g rgin

VERBAL
Dis fort com
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EMOTIO NAL
Dis tress

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Desp eratio n

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Conclusion
Now let me sing to my Well-beloved a song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard:My Well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill. 2He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower 3 in its midst,O inhabitants ofaJerusalem “And now, and also made winepress in it;men of expected it to please, and so He Judah, judge, bring forth good grapes,and Mybrought forth wild between Me but it vineyard. 4What grapes. more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why   then, when I expected it to bring forth
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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 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
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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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