A Fruitful Life
At the heart of the Gospel message is the image of a `fruitful life'-allowing Jesus to live his life in us and through us. This new book from Tony Horsfall ponders the teaching of Jesus in John 15, the famous...
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At the heart of the Gospel message is the image of a `fruitful life'-allowing Jesus to live his life in us and through us. This new book from Tony Horsfall ponders the teaching of Jesus in John 15, the famous `vine' passage. An understanding of what Jesus was saying here will prepare us to be effective witnesses in a hostile world. Includes material for individual reflection and questions for group discussion.
A Fruitful Life considers the teaching of Jesus in John chapter 15, at the heart of the gospel message. Drawing out the metaphor, Tony Horsfall relates the image of the vine to all aspects of our Christian life: The lesson of the Vine - chosen for a reason The allegory of the Vine - learning from nature The tending of the Vine - knowing how God works The secret of the Vine - the key to everything The life of the Vine - receiving the `sap' The harvest of the Vine - natural outcomes The challenge of the Vine - learning the lessons With poems, reflections, and questions for group discussion, the reader has time to pause and grow, learning how to truly abide in Christ.
'It is my desire through these pages to point you back to the simplicity of a life lived out of relationship with Jesus Christ. A life of intimacy, of abiding in him, is the source and spring of all other activity and endeavour. The branch bears fruit because it abides in the vine.' In A Fruitful Life we ponder the teaching of Jesus in John chapter 15, the famous 'vine' passage. He is preparing his disciples for his departure and describing how they can be effective witnesses in a hostile world. Just as his instructions revolutionised their lives, so a proper understanding of what he is saying can revolutionise our lives also. It is the heart of the gospel message: the only way to live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live his life in us and through us. This book includes material for individual reflection and also questions for group discussion.
Tony Horsfall is a freelance trainer with a passion to help individuals deepen their relationship with God. He is an elder of his local church in West Yorkshire and a graduate of London School of Theology, and regularly travels abroad leading retreats and quiet days, road-testing the material in this book in Singapore. He has written a number of other books, including Song of the Shepherd, Mentoring for Spiritual Growth, Rythmns of Grace and A Fruitful Life for BRF, and also writes for New Daylight Bible reading notes.