From July 22-26, the youth group and I will be serving at Lamon Avenue Baptist Church. The church is taking new steps to reach out to the largely hispanic community. Our team will be doing community service projects, church projects like painting, and leading a nightly Kids Club program. Please pray for our team of teenagers to have a great growing experience and a big impact on the kids and the community.
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Shifting gears a little, I recently taught out of John 15. As the mission trip approaches, we have been praying that the trip would be fruitful. We want our kids to grow closer to God and we want to see kids who don't know Jesus get saved. In John 15, Jesus tells us the secret to bearing fruit. In verse 5, He said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." He goes on to explain that we are supposed to be bearing good fruit or good works just as the branches on a vine are supposed to produce grapes.
Let me share just a few insights we can take from this passage.
Producing fruit for Jesus leads to Joy for us. Jesus tells us that this whole process of producing fruit for God's glory will cause our joy to be made complete. One thing I love about God is that He only asks us to do things that will lead us to deeper and greater joy. Knowing that we have been used by God to do work for His kingdom that will last for all eternity is an incredibly exciting thought. Pray that God would help us to be filled with joy from Him as we serve in the coming week.