Good Folks, it is Friday, June 23, 2017. I am trusting that you feel the winds of the Spirit blowing upon you and your family at this hour. I came across these two paragraphs in a book our Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) folks have read from entitled “Bearing Fruit: Ministry With Real Results.” The authors are Lovett H. Weems, Jr. and Tom Berlin. Well worth the read.
The good news is that God invites us to be a part of fruitful ministry. Winchester, Virginia, where Tom grew up, is surrounded by apple orchards. It is known as the Apple Capital of the World, and the yearly Apple Blossom Festival is a celebration of fruitfulness. A casual observer may think that the bountiful harvest just happens on its own. But residents of Winchester know that the fruitfulness of apple trees depends on the care and attention of orchard workers. They tend the trees all year long—putting spacers in the branches, fertilizing, pruning, and spraying the trees- so that every fall the orchards will be laden with fruit.
The realm of God is like those apple orchards, and we are the laborers responsible for reaping a plentiful harvest. For church to be fruitful congregations, pastors, and laypersons must take their roles seriously. They must learn to look at congregations with the eye of the fruit grower who longs for God’s word to go forth to all and who yearns for the time when righteousness and justice will flourish in every land.
As surprising as this might seem, I cannot add any comments to these paragraphs. They speak volumes to me. I pray that they will to you.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank
Sermon Series: God’s Promises – God’s Generosity