Grapes are a wonderful fruit. They can be eaten fresh or made into jam, jelly, preserves, raisins, juice, vinegar, and wine. They have been shown to have health benefits regarding cancer, the heart, blood pressure, digestion, allergies, diabetes and the eye. Grapes are grown in varying climates around the world. The top grape producing countries in the world are China, Italy, USA, France, Spain, Chile, India and Argentina.

grape vines photo

Under ideal conditions, the plant receives plenty of water early in the growth process followed by a long dry period. During this dry period, the trunk accesses the root to provide water and nutrients to the shoots. The shoots wouldn’t live very long separated from the trunk. In the Bible, Jesus calls the trunk “the vine” and the shoots he calls “branches”. Jesus uses this physical relationship of the vine to the branches to show the significance of a personal relationship with him.

Bible Reading

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5

Discussion

  1. Of what importance is the vine to the branches?  What would happen if a branch becomes detached from the vine?
  2. When a branch is connected to the vine, what will naturally happen?
  3. Read Galatians 5:22-23. What kind of fruit is it talking about?

    “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

  4. What could Jesus have meant when he said, “apart from me, you can do nothing?”
  5. How do you think Jesus saying, “I am the true vine; you are the branches” describes a productive and fulfilling life?  

Word List

  • health benefits – the result of something that improves our physical health
  • nutrients – substances used by a living organism to survive, grow and reproduce
  • productive – achieving or producing a significant amount or result
  • fulfilling – providing happiness or satisfaction

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