Pathway Process :: DNA Primer

Week 9: Growing  How To Grow



Read and break down the following passages of Scripture together:

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. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
John 15:1-11


{ Question 1 }

In this passage, Jesus is speaking about spiritual growth. According to v.11 why is he concerned about our growth?


{ Question 2 }

Using a metaphor of a vine and branches, referring to Jesus and our connection to Him by virtue of faith in Him, Jesus speaks of spiritual growth like the growth of a plant. According to vv.1-2,6, what is God the Father’s “role” in our growth? According to vv.3,5,7,9, what is God the Son’s “role” in our growth? According to vv.4,5,7,9,10, what is our “role” in our growth?


{ Question 3 }

In vv.4-8, we’re told that growth comes about we “abide in Jesus." Then in vv.9-10, we’re told that “abiding in Jesus” means “abiding in His love.” Discuss what it means (and looks like in your life) to actively abide in Jesus’s love, in such a way as to foster growth?



Watch the following video together:

{ Question 4 }

After watching the above video, what Aha moments do you have about Fostering Growth in your own life? How does our “Growth Circle” tool help you facilitate said growth?



DNA Plan

Discuss together how you can make specific, measurable plans for intentionally paying attention to the things God is doing in your life and how you walking through a process of repentance and belief can lead you to “abide” more in Jesus’ love for you!