Covenant Text 2021
'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.' John 15:5 (NIVUK)
Imagine a market stall, piled high with juicy fruit, many colours and sizes. Pineapples, mangoes, bananas, oranges, berries, grapes and a whole lot more. Fruit picked from trees and bushes at just the right time. And a proud owner holding out the fruit of her labours.
Jesus wants us to bear fruit. All kinds of fruit - the life of God flowing through us to other people, friends and family, the local community, the city, and beyond.
The key to fruit-bearing is relationship with Jesus, staying connected to him all the time. It's what Jesus means by 'remaining' or 'abiding'. He holds us in his hands and promised to be with us.
So stay connected to Jesus in 2021, individually and as a Christian community. And we will be fruitful!