Nehemiah presents a confessional sermon. God's people acknowledge the faithfulness of God despite the consistent sinfulness of God's people. The suffering under foreign oppression is acute and, they admit, deserved. The abundant fruit of the Promised Land is being consumed by the Persians. God's people will pledge their faithfulness and hope that God responds.
In John's gospel, Jesus is teaching his disciples about the vine and its branches. As Jesus is the vine, so the disciples are the branches. If a branch fails to produce the fruit expected, it is removed, a useless waste destined for the fire.
What fruit is expected from disciples of Jesus? Are you clear about what is expected from you? Check it all out in the sermon video below and note the downloads available below the video panel.