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Series Big Idea:    My growth will be dictated by my ability to push through the pain.

Prune: to cut back a plant for it to grow   or to produce more .

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

 -John 15:1

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.

 -John 15:5

He (God the Father, the gardener) cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

 -John 15:2

1 Being pruned doesn’t mean God is me.

2 Pruning isn’t just about removing the bad from my life. It’s also about God removing the that’s keeping me from what’s .

“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don't have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don't have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”

 -Jim Collins in Good to Great

3 The longer I wait to trim the will be in the future.

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1 In what ways have you seen God pruning your life in the past? What was the result?

2 Why is pruning such a “scary” looking proposition?

3 Look again at Gilbert’s second point in the message. In what area of life right now is the “good” keeping you from being “great”?

4 What is your next step as a result of this message?