Grow Deep - A Time to Transition Edition - Week 2

Week 2: May 10-16

A Time to Connect

Memory Verse: “Remain in Me, as I also remain in you.” (John 15:4 NIV)

This Mother’s Day I find myself thinking about words of blessing to share with my son. You see, he’s getting married. I’ve shared words of blessing with each of my sons at the time they were married, but this time seems harder – he’s the youngest and last to marry. Every milestone of his has been harder—each seemed to mark an ending to my “job” as a Mom in some way. And though he’s an adult, he will always be my child. That will never change. He’s still the object of my prayers; he’s still the son I want to hug and in whom I delight. I’m still proud of his accomplishments; I still worry when he’s sick or hurt. We are connected … forever, by God’s design!

My mind rummages through page after page of the memories cataloged there. I think about things that have changed over the years and things I know will never change. I will always love him; that will never change. But more importantly, God will always love him. He is connected to God … forever. The Holy Spirit took up residence in my son’s heart at his baptism and is still there!

So … no matter what else I say or in what words my blessing is wrapped, I must encourage him to stay connected to the One who created him ... to delight in the love God has for him … to remember and practice spiritual disciplines he learned as a child … to allow the Spirit to work in and through him to raise him up to be the man and husband God intends for him to be.

Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” (John 15:4 ESV). To stay connected to Jesus – that is surely the greatest blessing of all!

Sunday, May 10
Read: John 15:1-11
In these verses, Jesus refers to Himself as the Vine, to His Father as the Gardener or Vinedresser, and to His children as the branches. What is the specific role of the Gardener or Vinedresser? Why is it necessary for the Vinedresser to prune? What is the result? How does God’s pruning demonstrate His love and care for you as His child?


Monday, May 11
Read: John 15:1-11
In these verses, Jesus instructs His disciples to “remain in Him” more than once. Describe what the word “remain” means to you. In the context of these verses, what does it mean to “remain” in Jesus? How does Jesus describe those who do not “remain” in Him? How are you “remaining”?


Tuesday, May 12
Read: John 15:1-11
Jesus tells us clearly that if we remain in Him we will bear much fruit, but apart from Him we can do nothing. What does He mean when He says that apart from Him we can do nothing? What is the eternal significance of that statement? How is the word “remain” used as an action word in these verses? How does it impact our witness to unbelievers if we are “remaining” in Jesus? If we aren’t?


Wednesday, May 13
Read: John 15:1-11
Jesus says that if we remain in Him, we may ask whatever we wish and it will be granted. We will give Him glory as we bear fruit and show ourselves to be His disciples. When Jesus says “ask whatever you wish, and it will be granted,” what does He mean? Do our prayers and requests reflect the heart and character of God when we are “abiding” in Him? How?


Thursday, May 14
Read John 15:1-11
There is a connection between remaining in the love of Jesus and keeping God’s commandments. What is the connection? How does keeping God’s commandments demonstrate our love for Him? What is the promise that comes as a result of remaining in Him and keeping His commandments?


Friday, May 15
Read: John 15:1-11
Jesus says that He has shared the truth so that His joy may be in us and may be “complete.” What did He mean by joy that is complete? When your joy is complete, how does it affect your relationships … With your spouse? Your children? Your Christian friends? Friends who are not yet believers?


Saturday, May 16
Read: John 15:1-11
Jesus calls Himself the “True” Vine. We must remain in Him to produce much fruit and follow His commands to experience joy that is complete in Him. What does it mean that Jesus is the “True” Vine? How do the branches fare “apart” from the True Vine? What commitment can you make this week to grow stronger in your “connection” to the True Vine? To whom will you become accountable to follow through with that commitment?