Thriving All Through Christ...by Pastor Quintin Stieff

Jesus said to his disciples:

“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.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”  (John 15:5-8)

We’ve been encouraging everyone here at Valley Church to pray this prayer during September:

“Father, I want all my life to be lived all through Christ.”

I’m not much of a gardener, but I do know that if a branch gets cut off from the vine, it’s not going to bear any fruit.  It’s just going to wither away and die.

On the other side, Jesus promises us that if we remain or abide in him, we will bear “much fruit.”  When we keep vitally and personally connected to Jesus all day long, we see the fruit of that relationship in countless ways.  Relationships are strengthened.  The needy are cared for.  Our faith is shared.  People come to know Christ.

A lot of Christians never really think about just how much fruit that their lives could bear.   Can you dream a little?  Can you see the potential of “much fruit”?  Can you prayerfully imagine how your life, your relationships, your family, your community, and your world could be transformed because of the ripple effect of your life? It can happen.  Not because you are great, but because Jesus is faithful.  He said, “remain in me and you will bear much fruit.”  What a promise!

When we stay close to Jesus, pray to him, walk with him, and really live in him, there’s no limit to the impact that he could make through us. 

So, why settle for surviving, when you could be thriving?  Live all your life all through Christ, and get ready to see how God works.

As Lead Pastor, Quintin's main roles here are to lead the ministry of the Word and prayer, cast vision for the future, encourage and equip other leaders, and serve as a goodwill ambassador of Valley Church to the whole church family and to the greater Des Moines community.  Quintin enjoys reading, playing basketball, watching all kinds of sports, and traveling with family. He and his wife Ruth have been married since 1983. God has blessed them with three great children. Email Quintin

 

Join Us This at Valley Church for Vision Weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28 
Saturday at 5:30 pm
, Sunday at 8:15, 9:30 & 11 am

Everyone is invited to celebrate a tremendous year and look ahead to God’s vision for our future! We hope you and your family plan to attend worship on this weekend, September 27 & 28 for Vision Weekend.

During the message on Vision Weekend, Pastor Quintin will expand on the direction God is leading Valley Church. You are also invited to a member meeting on Sunday, September 28 at 10:30 am in the Student Ministries Room (immediately following the 9:30 am worship gathering). There we will have a brief time for our members to affirm our new leaders and ministry support plan for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Celebrate with us and take a look at this year’s ministry highlights!