The 12 Minute Family Devotion

I Am the Vine

Welcome to the I Am The Vine family devotional. “I am the vine” was the last of seven “I am” statements that Jesus made in the Gospel of John. With each of these statements, Jesus would reveal more clearly who He was and why He came.

In this Bible story, Jesus teaches the importance of maintaining a relationship with Him by comparing Himself to a vine, and His followers as branches of the vine. To grow and flourish in this life, we must stay connected to Jesus and obey His commandments!

Family Bible Reading 
John 15:1-17(NIV) 

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 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.

“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. 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. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.


Discussion Questions
After you have watched the Bible video and completed your family Bible reading discuss the following questions. 
1. If a branch breaks off a tree, what happens to the branch? 
2. How can we remain and stay connected to Jesus?
3. What new command did Jesus give to us? 
Closing Prayer
Dear Jesus, than you for remaining with us and helping us. Help us to love you and stay connected to you so that we can love others. In you name. Amen.  
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