The Science and Gospel of Branches - John Van Sloten

April 27, 2014

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we look at Jesus’ teaching, “I am the vine; you are the branches,” through the lens of science. How do God’s botanical truths help us better understand Jesus’ words?

“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 do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
Jesus in John 15:5-8, NIV

Most animals have to grow at a fixed pace, but with plants it's different. “If the environment is harsh, plants grow slower. If the environment is favorable it may invest a lot more energy in leaves. If you’re short on water you invest more energy in roots. If conditions are favorable and there is light, the plant invests more energy above ground. This form is incredibly plastic. It’s really remarkable just how flexible [a plant’s] life and growth strategy is.”
Dr. Vernon Peters, Chair, Biology Department
Associate Professor of Ecology, The King's University College

“Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.”
Jesus in John 6:57, NIV

“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
Jesus in John 14:20-21, NIV

“In days to come Jacob will take root,
Israel will bud and blossom
 and fill all the world with fruit.”
The prophet Isaiah 27:6, NIV

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


This Is My Father's World

Beautiful Things

I Need Thee Every Hour

Jesus Ever Abiding Friend

Wholly Yours

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