Monona Ev. Lutheran Church  4411 Monona Dr., Madison, WI 53716

 

                              Welcome to Monona!                            Wishing everyone a colorful Fall - 2019

+ Our Joy Comes from Jesus + John 15:11

 

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). As we are filled with God’s grace, love, and presence, joy is an everyday experience, and our joy is full. For periods of time, the world can provide happiness, but it does not last. When the thing or person that provides the happiness is gone so is our joy. Only the joy from Jesus is full and everlasting.

 

When Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you,” He is referring back to the beginning verses in John 15. In those verses, we are told that Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. Jesus likens our relationship with Him as a vine with its branches. Those branches that stay connected with the vine will thrive and do well. Those branches that become disconnected will die. Abiding in Jesus will cause us to bear fruit, because fruit just naturally flows from branches that are connected to and abide in the Vine, Jesus.

 

Fruit are works of love. Abiding in Jesus, the Vine, we receive the Holy Spirit Who prompts us to bear fruit that glorifies God. We do not bear fruit by our own efforts. We bear fruit because the Holy Spirit lives in us. Our fruit is seen as we minister to the needs of others. We feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, entertain the strangers, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and the prisoners (Matthew 25:37-39), all in the name of Jesus, the Vine. Jesus tells us that when we love and serve others in His name, we are serving Him.

 

Jesus said, “My joy be in you.” That joy was manifested when, “for the joy that was set before Him [He] endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). His joy was to bring us to heaven by the way of the cross. To fill us with joy, He was shamed and died. As we abide in Him and bear the fruit of faith, our joy is made full.

 

During our stewardship emphasis, Discover the Joy in Sharing God’s Blessings, starting on October 6th, we will learn more about the joy that comes from abiding in Jesus and bearing fruit.

 

Working the harvest with you!

Pastor Nowak 

 

 

 

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To all who are weary and need rest,

To all who are lonely and need sheltering love,

To all who sin and need a Savior, and

To whomever will come, our church opens its doors in the name of Jesus Christ.

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