The Secret to Becoming a Productive Christian Sermon Notes


“The Secret to Becoming a Productive Christian”

      John 15:1-8



“I will sing about the one I love, a song about my loved one’s vineyard: The one I love had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He broke up the soil, cleared it of stones, and planted it with the finest vines. He built a tower in the middle of it and even dug out a winepress there. He expected it to yield good grapes, but it yielded worthless grapes…What more could I have done for my vineyard than I did? Why, when I expected a yield of good grapes, did it yield worthless grapes?” (Isa. 5:2, 4, CSB).



“I planted you a choice vine from the very best seed. How then could you turn into a degenerate, foreign vine?” (Jer. 2:21, CSB).


The main subject is “remaining” (or abiding) in the Vine.


This is not about becoming a Christian but becoming a productive Christian.


A branch is good for one thing: bearing fruit.



Three prominent symbols in this passage:


  • True Vine = Jesus, the only source of spiritual fruit.


  • Gardener = God the Father, a busy, active, faithful gardener, working in His vineyard.


  • Branches = Genuine Believers


Jesus distinguishes between our position in the Vine (Christ) and our production.



  1. A productive Christian submits to God’s pruning (vv. 1-3)


“Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit” (John 15:2, CSB).




Two actions of the Gardener (God the Father):


  • He does something with the branch that isn’t bearing any fruit at all!


  • He does something with the branch that isn’t bearing enough fruit!



The branch that is “good for something” gets the special privilege of the pruning knife.



“You are already clean” (v. 3) = justified & grafted in (Rom.11).



  1. A productive Christian stays in close communion with Christ (John 15:4-8).



  • We live in His Word & pray (v. 7).


“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you” (Jn. 15:7, CSB).



  • We obey His commandments (v. 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” (Jn. 15:10, CSB).


  • We keep our lives clean through His Word (v. 3).


“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you” (Jn. 15:3, CSB).





“fruit” (v. 2)

“more fruit” (v. 2)

“much fruit (v. 5)



John the Baptist: “Produce fruit consistent with repentance” (Matt. 3:8, CSB).



The apostle Paul: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gl. 5:22-23, CSB).


  • Love: When I become transparent, and Jesus shows through very Apparent!
  • Joy: An attitude cultivated when the heart smiles!
  • Peace: Enjoyment of godliness and contentment!


  • Patience: The discipline to stop & pray before any decision. Not feeling the world’s pressure to hurry through life.
  • Kindness: What is shown even to those who bend us the wrong way!
  • Goodness: So general a term it spans every area of our life, in which we strive for the highest good in all things.


  • Faithfulness: Trustworthy in words spoken and deeds promised.
  • Gentleness: Not weak but meek; like a strong father picking up his new-born baby for the first time.
  • Self-Control: Learning to say no to me!



“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” (Jn. 15:5, The Message).



Results of remaining (abiding) in the Vine:


  • Our prayers will be answered (v. 7).


  • The Father will be glorified (v. 8).