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Maybe you’ve found recently that you are getting more irritable with people. Or you’re feeling more overwhelmed and defeated by the challenges that life is throwing your way. Or you’re spending more time scanning social media than you are connecting with God in prayer. Even doing things your way isn’t working out the way you think it should.
If you’re feeling discouraged, frustrated, and worn out, it’s a good indication that something in your life is out of sync. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem found in Scripture. In John 15:5, Jesus tells his followers, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can’t do anything.” Instead of going it alone in this life, we are to stay connected to him.
When Your Way Isn't Working: Session 1 - Diagnosing Disconnection
It doesn’t feel great to admit that we’re doing things wrong. But being honest in admitting our need is the first step toward a genuinely fruitful life. When we become willing to stop our efforts and acknowledge that we need God, we’re ready for him to show us his way.
When Your Way Isn't Working: Session 2 - The Wheel of Emotions
We’re going to look at four emotions that generally show up when we’re trying to be productive apart from Jesus: discouragement, fatigue, frustration, and anxiety. These emotions can be warning signals that we need to check our connection with Christ.
When Your Way Isn't Working: Session 3 - The Way of Connection
If we are going to stay close to Jesus, we must start by getting quiet, sitting down, and spending time with him. While this way of producing fruit seems counterintuitive to us—we don’t like to be still and rest—the process of bearing fruit doesn’t come by human effort. It comes from abiding in J...
When Your Way Isn't Working: Session 4 - The Purpose of Pruning
Pruning is painful, but it’s necessary for the health and fruitfulness of a plant. Our Gardener, God, loves us and would never do anything to harm us. We can trust him when he prunes us because we know that he is working toward increased fruit in our lives—fruit that will last.
When Your Way Isn't Working: Session 5 - Grafted and Growing
Life often takes us by surprise with painful storms, and it’s easy for us to seek out imitation vines to try to meet our needs. Yet, when we fall away, he can graft us back into the vine. But staying connected to Jesus, even in the hardest tests, is even better and produces beautiful fruit.