Pastor Dale Thomas
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Pastor Thomas has served First Baptist since 1996. He participates in the Keokuk Christian Ministerial Association as well as the Mid-American Baptist Ministers Council.
Previous sermons in synopsis can be found on the Sermon Archive page (under Pastor)
Below is the most recent sermon synopsis for our Worship message.
Sunday April 9, 2017
The Grafted Vine
John 15: 1 – 8
Horticulture offers the basis for what Paul writes in Romans11 about grafting branches onto trees and root stock. The desired branch is grafted onto the root stock and it will produce transformed results in the fruit. Though Jesus did not specify the grafting process, it is implied in His discourse of John 15. In the vineyard of God, Jesus is the vine, or root stock. In verse 6, Jesus specifically states that He is the vine and we are the branches, the grafted branches. So, what is the meaning of Jesus as the vine? He is the source of the nourishing of the branches and moves the nutrients of the soil (of God’s creation) to the branches so that they will bear fruit.
. But, as the branches, we must remember that we have been grafted onto the vine. We have been attached at the cutting (piercing) of the vine to grow and produce fruit. It is not an immediate production of fruit, but over a period of time, the vine grows and will sustain the production of fruit. It is not a matter of our own choice, but the realization that the vinedresser (God) has deliberately chosen us and grafted us to Jesus.
. The critical and crucial factor of this union of grafting is whether we choose to be sustained by the vine. Unlike the vines of the vineyard, as humans, we have the choice of connection. God can connect us to our Savior, Jesus, but it is only when we choose to grow and thrive on the vine, that we will come to the point of bearing fruit. We are challenged to abide (to be knit together) with Jesus to find the sustenance that will help us to grow, to endure through the storms of life and to bear fruit.