From the Minister's Desk

Dear Friends,

One of the highlights of last year was our Away Day at the House of Bread near Shipston-on- Stour. Our Regional Minister: Neil Le Tissier led our thoughts on Being a Healthy Church by directing us to John 15 and the picture of Jesus as the True Vine. One of the characteristics of a Healthy Church is Fruitfulness.

In John 15:16 Jesus speaks to His Disciples both past and present:
“I HAVE CHOSEN YOU, AND APPOINTED YOU, TO GO AND BEAR FRUIT.”

This is our Motto Text for 2018 to aid us and remind use our ministry as a Church to be Fruitful.

We are CHOSEN AS FRIENDS by Jesus Himself. No longer simply servants but His Friends. The initiative for our Relationship with Jesus comes from Him. Just as Abraham in the Old Testament is described as “The Friend of God” so everyone who puts their trust in Jesus received His Friendship. It’s because He first loved us and our love for Him is a result of His Love (1 John 4:10,19) Our part in the relationship with Jesus is to reciprocate His Love.

We are CONSECRATED TO GO FORTH. The word Appointed means to be “Set Apart.” In the Old Testament this refers to special calling such as the Levites and Joshua as Moses’ Successor (Numbers 8:10,27:18) Whilst in the New Testament we see this term used for particular service such as Paul and Barnabas’ missionary call to the Gentiles (Acts 13) it is also something which applies to every Christian called to be part of the Chosen People, Royal Priesthood, Holy Nation and God’s Special Possesssion (1 Peter 2:9)

We are CALLED TO BE FRUITFUL. To be Fruitful we need to remain in the Vine, that is Jesus. We will experience sometimes the painful experience of pruning in our lives in order that we may be more fruitful exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23) and producing fruit that will last. The Parable of the Sower, one of the few occasions when Jesus explains a Parable’s meaning to His Disciples, tells us re. those who show early signs of faith, but it never lasts. Our Call is to produce fruit, conversions, appropriate life style that will last.

During our weeks ahead both on Sunday mornings and in our midweek Home Groups we will be looking at Mark Greene’s 8 Session Course for Disciples who want to make a difference where they are: “FRUITFULNESS ON THE FRONTLINE.”

Whilst we look at the Themes of each Session in our Services the Groups will be following the Course itself together with the Videos. Is this the time for you to join one of the existing Groups or be involved in starting another group which can meet at a time convenient for you and others?

I know that this is the time for us: “NOT TO GROW WEARY IN DOING GOOD BECAUSE AT THE PROPER TIME WE WILL REAP A HARVEST IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP.” (Galatians 6:9)

Your Friend and Pastor,

Anthony Orr


Leamington Spa Baptist Church
Tel: 01926 336650 or email us