Grapes on the vine.
Branches, Flowers, and 
Fruit Illustrate John 15. 
Grapes on the vine.


Seth with dead branch.

"He cuts off  every branch that bears no fruit..."
John 15:2


"The youngest 
said his flower
smelled good."


“Thoughts just pop into my head when I ask Christ to provide lessons for my family,” said Ronda who lives in a rural area. She is the single mother of three children.

“I had a home Bible study with my children on a Saturday morning. We read John 15. I asked them to pray about the lesson. Then next week we would do an activity based on this passage.” The following week she asked her children to go into the nearby woods and bring back some dead branches. Each did, but the eleven year old brought back such a large branch, he needed help from his older sisters to drag it into the front yard. They piled the branches as if for a bonfire.

Next they discussed the meaning of dead branches in comparison to being Christians as described in John 15:1-8.

Some trees simply die and are of no use any more. 
Other trees have branches on them that die and must be cut off, or pruned, for the tree to be healthy. Pruning can make a tree more fruitful.

The children were asked what they learned:

Christians have dead parts that have to be removed.
Pruning is like Christ removing sinful areas through trials.

Then Ronda sent her children out with instructions to bring back something living. The oldest, 17, picked a pine tree branch with green needles on it. Another brought back a daffodil leaf, and the youngest brought back the daffodil flower. Ronda brought back honeysuckle. “Of what use are these things?” she asked.

The oldest said the leaves do photosynthesis which converts energy from the sun into nutrients for the plant. They learned when we are alive in Christ we tap into God’s energy which nurtures the body of Christ.
The youngest said his flower smelled good. It provides pleasure for people.
The honeysuckle is food for hummingbirds which spread its pollen to produce more flowers. The way a Christian interacts with other people can produce new Christians. They can provide “pollination” in the Body of Christ.

Ronda had a bunch of grapes ready for the next lesson. Each one picked one grape without looking. The youngest discovered that his grape had a side that looked good and a side that was rotted. He said, “Yuk!” and threw it over his shoulder. Ronda told them that we can have good fruit and still have rot that Christ wants to remove.

Ronda had picked a stem that had two little grapes on it. She held up the large bunch of grapes; she asked the children to observe how many grapes were on it and how good they looked. Then she put that bunch behind her back and brought out the stem with two small grapes on it. “How much fruit are we willing to bear for Christ,” she asked them.

Children will remember illustrated lessons better than merely listening to a lecture. They learn from activity, observation, and questioning. Prayer, scripture, and illustrated lessons all work together in Christ to effectively teach our children.


Pine tree branches

"The oldest said the  leaves do  photosynthesis which converts  energy from the  sun into  nutrients for the plant."

Grapes on the vine.

 “How much  fruit are we willing to bear for Christ.”

Activity contributed by Ronda Oprean