We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources. These resources are available for preachers and Bible teachers to use in touching a lost world with the timeless message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Scriptures: John 15:1-11, John 15:16

The picture of Jesus as the vine given in John 15 is a rich illustration that tells us much about our relationship with Him and with God the Father. When we abide in Christ--that is, remain with Him and cultivate our relationship with Him, we are able to "bear fruit". It helps us to understand that at the heart Christianity is about a relationship, one that is more important than any other and one that must be our chief concern in life.

"Do you realize how this makes Christianity the most unique faith in the world? No other faith or religious system offers its followers a personal union in connection with its founder. The Buddhist does not claim to be joined with Buddha. The Confuciusnist does not claim to be joined to Confucius. The Muslim does not claim to be joined to Mohammad, but a follower of Christ is connected to, joined to, and a branch of Jesus Christ. This is why so many people are so confused about what is real Christianity. They confuse religion with relationship. There is a difference between an organizational connection with Christ and an organic connection with Christ. I know in my ministry I have pastored a lot of people who were connected to the church, but they were not connected to Christ. That is why going to church does not make you a Christian any more than going into a garage makes you a Mercedes." --Dr. Merritt

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