This analogy has two main applications:
1. Christ made it clear that we, as branches, must abide in the Vine--must stay close and attached to Jesus Christ (John 15:1-8).
2. Viewing doctrines (biblical teachings) as branches, we should focus most of our study on the major branches. When we start focusing on smaller and smaller branches (even twigs), we get into trouble. We get sidetracked from our mission and become unbalanced. God doesn't want us to major in the minors.
Don Hooser is a minister and writer for the publications of United Church of God. He lives in McKinney TX, a suburb of Dallas. He was born in Dallas and grew up mostly in east Texas. His beloved wife Elsie, originally from Detroit, Michigan, died in August 2020. Don's three children and their spouses are members of United Church of God. Mr. Hooser graduated in 1963 from Southern Methodist University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and graduated in 1966 from Ambassador College, Big Sandy. Don and Elsie married two days after Don’s graduation.