Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Bulletin Insert for May 2, 2021.
Description: John 15:1-8 tells us on the 5th Sunday of Easter that all who belong to Christ are fruit-bearing branches of one vine. Jesus is the vine, and because we are all attached to him, we share the same calling: to bear good fruit. And not just any fruit that seems good, but the same fruit that Jesus produced. However, most of us underestimate how important this is! You are more valuable than you know. God wants you to produce Christ’s fruit – and more of it.
Have you ever asked why there’s so much evil in the world? Why doesn’t God raise his almighty hand against war, against corruption in government, against the greed of high-salaried managers who lay off their employees while giving themselves huge bonuses, against the perpetrators of physical and emotional abuse, against legislation that discriminates against Christian faith, against rising crime rates, or against any evil that’s corrupting our world? Why doesn’t God do something?
Actually, he does! However, he does it the same way he grows grapes. The life-force of the vine (Jesus) travels through the vine to the little twigs (you and me and all Christians) that hold the grapes.
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 5th Sunday of Easter, ministry workshop, stewardship fair, adult education, faith sharing groups, RCIA class, etc.
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