Bearing Much Fruit
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:4-5
Jesus spoke these words to his disciples in the upper room the night before His crucifixion. Jesus wanted his disciples to know that even after He was gone from the earth, that their lives were to remain in union with Him. Their identity was still in Christ.
John 17:20-21 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
- I can do nothing without Christ. I can’t even get out of bed without the strength God gives me. God gives us life, and he can take it as He pleases. We must be thankful and appreciative to God for the air we breathe and the life He gives us. He who gives life can take it away. Colossians 1:16-17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. John 1:3-4 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
- I can do all that Christ wants me to do. When we send soldiers to the battlefield, we send them equipped with everything they need. God fully equips us to serve Him. In Colossians 3 and Ephesians 4 we have things to put off and to put on. In Ephesians 6 we have the armor of God we are to wear. Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – God desires that we all bring forth not just a little, but much fruit!
- I can do nothing of value without Christ. I might be producing a lot of activity; I might be staying very busy; but am I producing fruit for God’s kingdom that ‘the world may believe’? “And here is a lesson of solemn appeal to us all. Our only opportunity of bearing any fruit worthy of our natures and of God’s purpose concerning us is by vital union with Jesus Christ. If we have not that, there may be plenty of activity and mountains of work in our lives, but there will be no fruit. Only that is fruit which pleases God and is conformed to His purpose concerning us, and all the rest of our busy doings is no more the fruit a man should bear than cankers are roses, or than oak-galls are acorns. They are but the work of a creeping grub, and diseased excrescences that suck into themselves the juices that should swell the fruit. Open your hearts to Christ and let His life and His Spirit come into you, and then you will have ‘your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.’” –MacLaren
AWANA STARTS WEDNESDAY
AWANA starts Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30 PM
Teachers and Workers Appreciation Banquet
Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 PM
This is for all teachers, helpers, deacons, and trustees, plus all who help with all other ministries of our church such as the van ministry, music, Sunday afternoon rehab ministries, AWANA, and RU.
RU Recovery Banquet and Seminar – September 16-21
Ben and Wendy Burks – Ben Burks is the international director of RU. We will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of RU in our church. He preaches in churches all over the world.
Friday, Sept. 16 – 10-year Anniversary Banquet
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Training classes (Lunch included) – 10 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, Sept. 18 – Ben Burks will be preaching in all the services.
Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM (Sept. 19-21) Ben Burks will be preaching.
We are inviting pastors and churches who are interested in the RU Recovery Program to attend.
Fall Revival – October 16-19 – Evangelist Paul Schwanke
Do you want to be wise?
Soul Winning – Visitation
Saturdays at 9:30 AM
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
We also have tract racks in both foyers. Please give out tracts and be a witness this week.
MEETS FRIDAY EVENINGS AT 7:00 PM
IN THE RU CLASSROOM.
OUR MISSION – RU is a biblically based, Christ-centered recovery program designed to rescue, recover, and restore those in addictive behaviors with the power of the victorious hidden life found only in Jesus Christ. Gal. 2:20; 6:1; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; 1 Cor. 15:57
After each service we make available to families in need a bag of non-perishable groceries (limited to one bag per month). To help us keep our pantry stocked we welcome you to bring in non-perishable items such as canned goods (soups, chili, sauces, meats, vegetables, etc.), boxes of cereal, pasta, rice, beans, etc. Please bring your items to the front foyer and let an usher know. Richard and Judy Sabin oversee this ministry.
Anticipating the Return of the King in 2016
“Surely I come quickly.”
“Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH
FOR 57 YEARS … PREACHING the BIBLE
… the WHOLE BIBLE
… and NOTHING but the BIBLE!
NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH
2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712
Church Office Phone: 327-5938
Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor
Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor
Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator
Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries
Ron Cox, Reformers Unanimous (Ph. 248-5216)
Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM
Wednesday Services at 7 PM
(AWANA & Youth Ministries at 6:30 PM)
Reformer Unanimous: Fridays at 7 PM
Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM
After each service, audio is available
on our web site: