Happy Wednesday! We’re about halfway through our week at the Shores and in our REMAIN Bible Study!

Today, your camper is going to diving deep into John 15 – which is where get our title for the study, “REMAIN.” Here’s a snippet of what they’ll be studying and talking about…

John 15:1-5:

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.

Your Bible may be a different translation than the ESV above.

  • How do the differences in translations help inform your understanding of what Jesus is telling his disciples here? (The NET Bible uses the word “remain” instead of “abide.”)

The Message translation of verses 4 and 5 says:

4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.

5 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.

The word “abide” is used repeatedly in verses 4-10.

  • What do you think it means to abide?
  • According to Jesus, who abides and what do they abide in?

The best English synonyms we have for “abide” are: to remain, to stay joined to, to dwell within.

Let me tell you – this truth has changed everything for me lately as I have learned how to remain with and in Jesus throughout my day. Abiding is not *just* believing and going about my business; trusting that everything will be fine *just* because I’m a Christian.

No! Abiding is consistent awareness and acknowledging that the Spirit of God is dwelling in you and also everyone else who puts their trust in Jesus.

Abiding is constant delighting; remaining connected to the One who promises never to leave you nor forsake you. The Holy Spirit’s job is to remind and teach us about this through the Word, other believers around us, nature, and anything good and pleasing to God.

According to the ESV Study Bible notes for John 15:4-6:

“to ‘Abide in me’ means to continue in a daily, personal relationship characterized by trust, prayer, obedience (see v. 10) and joy…. The person who ‘does not abide in me’ is an unbeliever who does not have a personal faith in Christ.”

Parents and families – I hope this encourages you today. Recognize your need for Jesus. Remain in Him today through constant prayer, meditating on truth He gives and lived, and loving people around you.

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Your camper is about to start Bible Study time with their cabin. Will you stop whatever you’re doing right now and spend a minute praying specifically for your camper, their Bible Study time, the counselor, and our day at the Shores?