PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
May 22, 2019
As Christ-followers, we are called to bear fruit. Two weeks ago, we explored the importance of bearing “good fruit.” We read in Matthew 7:17, “every good tree bears good fruit.” A good tree produces good fruit. A bad tree cannot produce good fruit.
We will become Christ-like in direct proportion to our willingness to attach ourselves to Jesus. Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” So, where we attach ourselves determines what kind of fruit we produce.
“Every healthy tree bears good fruit.” In the New International Version, the sentence reads, “Every good tree bears good fruit.” It is interesting to look at the way in which this sentence is written in the Greek, because there is a different word used for good – The first word, modifying tree means healthy, sound, whole, firm, or solid. So, “good tree” in this case is a healthy, solid tree. The second word for good, modifying fruit means “beautiful.” So, a healthy tree (meaning Jesus) produces beautiful fruit (meaning people).
If we are going to compare this healthy tree to Jesus (and, if we abide in Him), then that tree will produce “beautiful” people – not beautiful in the way Hollywood defines beautiful – thin, shapely bodies with no flaws.
So, basically, Jesus produces beautiful people. The Bible defines a beautiful person as a servant. Jesus said, “Anyone who wants to be great must be a servant. Beautiful people serve. Servanthood produces a beauty in us. God has sent you and me wherever we are – at home, in our neighborhoods, in the community, on the golf course, in the grocery store – to serve. Therefore, may we look for opportunities to serve!!
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Black
Greetings from Richmond, Virginia! I'm here on baby watch with daughter Caroline till son-in-law Will arrives on May 21 at the end of their school term in Kigali, Rwanda, where they both teach. Caroline’s due date is June 9 but she had to fly internationally before 35 weeks. Now we’re hoping the doctor can hold off inducing delivery due to Caroline’s sometimes elevated BP before Will gets here from Rwanda! Please pray for Caroline and the baby. Also, please pray for:
For productive focus as I work to get online orientation courses for Theologians Without Borders up and running
For 'Sonship Week'(spiritual formation) for Serge's summer interns in London, 9-14 June. I'll be giving four talks and mentoring one or two young women.
For prepping my courses to teach at Myanmar Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (MEGST)in August, and in South Asia in September.
For God to provide the right townhousefor me to buy in Richmond, VA, at the right price, in the right location, and with the best possible timing.
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am! Pastor Glen’s message will be, “On the Rock,” based upon Matthew 7:24-28. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided on the Chapel floor during the 9:30am worship service.
Adult Sunday School class - You are invited to come join our adult Bible study class immediately following worship in the chapel on the second floor. We are continuing our study of I Corinthians and expect to complete it soon. Next, we will study the book of Nehemiah beginning in late-June. We will use the book “Nehemiah,” part of the wisdom commentary series written by Dr. Stephen Davey, to help us explore this beautiful story of God providing leadership for His people. If you would like to join us for that study, please let Pat Patterson know of your desire so that we can have a book for your use. We hope to have the books available a few weeks early for you to read in advance.
We’re Invited - There will be an installation of Rev. Otis Spellman as pastor of Union Baptist Church (Waynesboro) on Saturday, May 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Chapel Church of the Brethren (19 Browns Lane, Waynesboro).
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking to fill a part-time, paid position:Youth Ministries Intern. Those interested should contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit a resume.