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The Lord Your Healer: 

Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch by Paul J. Bucknell

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Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch

First step of discipleship
revive devotions
Advanced Discipleship

The Bible Teaching Commentary on Genesis: The Book of Foundations

Commentaries that specialize on training the teacher!

Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace, Discovering God


Relational Discipleship: Cross Training teaching series

Relational Discipleship: Cross Training

Paul J. Bucknell

Vine - Branches: Introduction
Abundant life | The Gardener | The Vine | The Branches | Projects

Growing in our relationships
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Vine and Branches

Abiding in Christ

Vine & Branches : Abiding in Christ

God is the Gardener

He carefully cares for the vine

1) God Cares for His People

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener (John 15:1).

God the Father is the planter and caretaker of the vine. The Father carefully prepares the soil to receive the vine and then when the season has come and the timing is right, he plants the vine. Carefully he cares for the vine, giving it what it needs and watching over it to bring it to the time of harvest. When the harvest comes, he gathers from his labors and delights in its fruits. God carefully cares for the needs of His people with the expectation that we will bear fruit.

2) God Deals with His People Differently

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, he lifts up,1 and every branch that bears fruit, he prunes it that it may bear more fruit (John 15:2).

What differentiates the two kinds of people in John 15:2? How does the gardener (the Father) treat each of these people?

1. _________________ ________________________

2. _________________ ________________________

3) God’s Discipline of His Children

For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines... . It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (Hebrews 12:6-7)

‘Lift up’ refers to way a gardener will pick up the plant out of the mud to protect it from disease. In this Hebrew’s passage there are three principles to help us better understand how God ‘lifts us up’ when we fail Him.

Life ProblemsFact #1. God loves you. God doesn’t stop loving you when you sin.

Fact #2. God disciplines all believers when they sin.

Fact #3. God lovingly uses discipline to bring His people out of sin.

It is God’s desire for you to be close to Him. He disciplines you so that you will return to Him. As we return to Him through confession, our intimacy with God is fully and immediately restored.


• Identify any difficulties you are facing in your life.

• Observe if these problem might be related to disobedience.

• Decide what needs to be done to change that decision.

• Confess your sin. Seek restoration in prayer, humility and love.

• Praise Him for reconnecting you to Himself.

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Relational  Discipleship: Cross Training by Paul J. Bucknell

A strategic basic discipleship series designed to help Christians grow not only in their relationship with God but also with other people. BFF Discipleship Traning CDEach section uses a familiar relationship to bring out basic but very practical Biblical teaching.

We highly recommend getting the BFF Discipleship #1 Digital Library which not only includes the Relationship Discipleship book, but slides, summaries, user guide, teacher's reference, etc. This D#1 Library also contains all our other Christian training resources for new believers.

Grow in love for God and for others

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Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted: (C) Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1988

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