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St Nicholas Methodist Church has existed on the present site for over 150 years since it opened in 1867.

We are a friendly community of believers where all are welcomed. We help each other to worship God, and strive to live more like Christ in service beyond the walls of our church building.

Part of the
Exeter Coast and Country Circuit of the Methodist Church.

Thursday, 16 June 2022

By their fruits!

Jesus told the crowds, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:15-20)

Jesus is asking that our lives reflect our words; or even replace them. Saint Francis of Assisi told his followers: “Go and spread the good news. Sometimes you may use words.” At a time when there are more prophets and gurus than ever claiming our attention, it is wise to look hard at their lives. Sometimes their behaviour shouts so loud that we cannot hear what they are saying. What is my life saying to those who watch?

Our digital world is awash with instant gurus, guaranteeing all sorts of instant solutions in cleverly scripted soundbites. The next time we encounter one of these ‘false prophets’, it may be wise to look below the attractive surface to examine the fruits rather than the promises.

As we read todays passage we may well ask how does it touch me? Am I given to judging the book by the cover? Do I sometimes use this image to condemn others, as what would one expect from that family or that society or nation?

Might this passage be inviting me to look again at the talents, gifts that I have been given and being grateful for them and asking that I might be able to use them for the good of others?

Jesus frequently asked the people to judge him on his ‘works’.

A Prayer

God of innumerable mercies,

give us the grace to be daily buried in the love of Christ, like the seed that is buried in the earth,

and thereby may we begin to live more abundantly.

With his help, may we learn of that fruitful life

which spent in loving others

can glorify your name throughout the world.

Then may the earth know its Saviour,

who with you in the unity of the Spirit

are loved and worshipped,

world without end.


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