John Chapter 15: 1-11 – Connolly (17) Title: The Secrets of the Vine – Lecture Title: Abiding Faith (Obedient Faith)

Jesus is the vine; God, the Father is the vinedresser; disciples (we) are the branches. Abiding faith is faith that is filled with the mutual indwelling, the coinherence of Christ and his people. Christ lives in us – this is grace and will.  “Charis is grace, the given passion that flows from the self offering of Christ and is given that we may learn to love.” We will, choose freely, to follow Christ.

Side note: Grace is beyond our control – its grace of God – but our free-will is indeed under our control. We could get totally philosophical and say that will isn’t either but I think we modern people won’t seriously accept this :).