Stanley D. Gale (MDiv Westminster, DMin Covenant) has pastored churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania for over 30 years. He is the author of several books, including A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ and The Christian’s Creed: Embracing the Apostolic Faith. He has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1975. They have four children and nine grandchildren. He lives in West Chester, Pa.
Books by Stan Gale
Taking hold of joy
Love is a birthmark of the believer and a trademark of the Christian in relating to God and neighbor.
In the curriculum of Christian discipleship love belongs to the rudiments of elementary school and to the coursework of graduate study.
Why "fruit" of the Spirit but "works" of the flesh?
How does God accomplish taking away and pruning?
We rest in Christ through relying on the Spirit.
Our Lord explains that the Father tends the vine in two ways (John 15:2). He “takes away” and He “prunes.”
The essential skill of discipleship is learning to abide in Christ.
Those who have union with Christ will exhibit the fullness of His character.
Jesus emphasizes three characteristics of the fruit associated with life in Him.
We can only ripen on the Vine. We cannot grow and bear fruit apart from all it means to abide in Jesus Christ.
This 7-part series explores John’s Gospel descriptors of Jesus as the Word, the Lamb of God, the Bread of life, the Light of the world, the good Shepherd, the Resurrection and the Life, and the true Vine.