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A Tree Is Known By its Fruit

July 20, 2018

Dear Peachtree Road Family,

I hope you have had a good week. Sunday promises to be another good day in worship here at Peachtree Road as we continue our “Summer in the City” services. Our focus this month is upon lessons from Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount.” Of course, you and I know this was not just one “sermon” Jesus preached that got recorded by Matthew. Rather, it is a compilation of a Jesus’ teachings. So far, we already have considered three of these lessons:

  • In spite of the circumstances of your life, you are blessed
  • You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world
  • Worry and devotion go together, so be mindful of that to which you are devoted

These are challenging messages that are intended to help disciples of Jesus live holy lives. This Sunday we turn our attention to another lesson from Jesus’ sermon – a tree is known by its fruit. Interestingly, the context of this lesson is a warning to “beware of false prophets…” Jesus says they are like “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Do you know any false teachers? How can you know when someone is speaking the Gospel truth? How can you avoid being deceived? These are the questions Jesus answers in this week’s message. In preparation, I encourage you to read Matthew 7:15-20.

Of course, immediately following the services, you are invited to a time of fellowship in front of the church. Lemonade and cookies are being served under the trees. If you will be out of town, I do encourage you to worship with us online through the church app or website or join me for worship in the Moore Chapel at 5:00 pm for Sundays @ 5. As I mentioned earlier, this promises to be a good day here at Peachtree Road.

I would like to solicit your prayers on behalf of two Peachtree Road groups heading to England in the coming days. Jamie Jenkins and I are leading one of the groups on a Wesley Heritage Tour beginning Tuesday. We will follow in the footsteps of John Wesley, the father of Methodism, as we visit Epworth where he lived his early years, Oxford where he was educated, and Aldersgate Street in London where he felt his heart “strangely warmed.” In addition, members of our Chancel Choir have the honor of being the “Choir in Residence” at Westminster Abbey in London, and they will be arriving about 5 days after our group. We will have the great joy of worshiping together as they lead the Evensong services in that great cathedral. Please keep all of us who are traveling in your prayers the next two weeks.

Speaking of travel, I wanted to remind you that we have three upcoming opportunities for travel on spiritual pilgrimages with others from your church family:

Journeys of Paul – Jamie Jenkins and I will lead a group to visit many of the sites we have read about in the New Testament’s account of Paul’s missionary journeys: Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica, and many others. The trip is set for April 23-May 3, 2019, and a number of you already have signed up. Jamie has scheduled two informational meetings for those who may be interested in learning more about the trip — Sunday, August 26 (12:30 pm) and Tuesday, August 28 (6:30 pm). We would love to have you join us. Please contact Jamie Jenkins to register.

The Oberammergau Passion Play and European Capitals – Since 1634, the people of Oberammergau, Germany have been performing the most famous Passion Play in the world. A plague was sweeping across Europe in the Middle Ages, and the people of this village in the Alps prayed for the Lord to spare them. Out of gratitude, they committed themselves to the presentation of a play depicting the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ every ten years. I was privileged to see the play in 1980, and it is well-worth seeing. In addition to Oberammergau, this tour is set to visit several European capitals including Munich, Innsbruck, Prague, and Berlin and is set for June 3-12, 2020. It is filling up rapidly, so please reach out to Jamie Jenkins for more information.

Holy Land 2020 – Many have asked me about next steps after taking Disciple Bible Study. Well, I can think of no better follow-up to the study of the scriptures than a spiritual pilgrimage to the land of the Bible. To wade in the Jordan River, to float upon the Sea of Galilee, and to walk the streets of Jerusalem will bring the scriptures to life for you and deepen your faith. Jamie and I have just confirmed the dates for this upcoming pilgrimage: February 15-26, 2020. Prayerfully consider joining us and look for more information concerning the itinerary and price very soon.

As you vacation during these last weeks of summer, I encourage you to stay connected to your church family. I hope to see you Sunday as we worship together and talk about trees and their fruit.

Bill

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