The stalk of a vine or plant provides life to the entire plant. Under ground, the stalk pushes its roots deep down into the soil where they draw up the nutrients and water that is needed to sustain life. Those nutrients are passed from the roots through the stalk and then to every branch of the vine. Without the stalk, there is no life. The same is true for us in a spiritual sense. Jesus is the stalk or vine that gives us eternal life and each Christian is a branch of that vine. As long as we are connected to the vine, we ought to bear fruit. But not just any fruit. Just as an apple tree does not produce oranges, so a grape vine doesn’t produce pumpkins. Being connected to Jesus means that we produce spiritual fruit that is a product of being connected to Him and can only come from Him. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us what these fruits are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control.
Being connected to Jesus means we produce spiritual fruit that is a product of being connected to Him and can only come from Him. These fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. — click to tweet
There is another aspect of producing fruit when we are connected to the vine. As Christians, we are to lead others to Christ, producing more Christians. In Mark 16:15-16, Jesus commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every nation. For some, that means that God has called them to be missionaries and to go to another country. For others, it might mean being called as a pastor or to some other ministry. For some it mean being a small group leader or children’s Sunday school teacher. For some, it might mean telling a co-worker about Jesus, or a friend, or the waitress at your favorite restaurant, or your child’s soccer coach. The point is, we are all called to tell someone about Jesus. In John 15:16, Jesus said that He chose and appointed us to go and bear fruit. If we do not obey this command, then how many people will miss out on eternal life and spend eternity in hell?
We are all called to tell someone about Jesus. In John 15:16, Jesus said that He chose and appointed us to go and bear fruit. If we do not obey this command, then how many people will miss out on eternal life and spend eternity in hell? –click to tweet
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.