Welcome To Walton Baptist Church

To know God and make him known

We believe – because of first hand experience – that there is more to life: it has value, meaning and purpose.

We are ordinary people who believe that the Bible is true, Jesus Christ is alive, and God’s amazing love, forgiveness and new life in Jesus is real. Knowing God personally makes a big difference to daily living and we naturally want to share this with others.

Our Sunday church service is at 10am, and finishes around 11:30. There is a creche and Sunday school for the children, and there is free parking at Case House - please see the find us page. You can listen to previous week's sermons online. And during the week there are other activities you can get involved in.

If you’d like more details, please email us, go to our Facebook group Walton Baptist Church or give us a phone call on 01932 246 535.

Fruitfulness – the topic for our prayer meeting on May 12th

Here are twelve thoughts on how fruit grows in the natural world and how spiritual fruit is produced, according to the Bible, to guide our prayers. This is a summary form, please download full version by Chris Brown here.

Fruitfulness starts with a seed, the word of God falling into good ground (softened hearts). The sower, or worker who has been sent forth, scatters the seed, the good news. Luke 8 v4-15, Hosea 10 v12, Luke 10 v2.

Then we must wait. Usually the seed is sown in one season and germinates in another. We must wait for God to do His work with the seed that has been sown. John 1 v13, Gal 4 v21-31, Isa 55 v11.

The seed needs to be watered. Water is the Spirit of God. The Spirit and the word together lead to fruitfulness. But the water must be fresh, not salty or stagnant. Jeremiah 17 v13, Ephesians 5 v18.

Light is also needed. In the Bible light speaks of revelation. To grow we need God to reveal things to us (not our bright ideas, nor our own efforts which can so often be works of the flesh). We need to pay attention to what He says to us. Col 1 v9/10 , Ps 97 v11, 2Peter 1 v19, Isa 34 v1, I John 1 v7, John 3 v21, Ps 4 v6.

Much fruit can’t grow on a tiny sapling. Fruit needs a supporting structure. Supporting branches seem to speak of the church, fellow Christians who help us, pray for us, lead us, disciple us, worship with us, encourage us and pick us up when we are broken, Ez 17 v8, John 15 v5.

Blossom attracts pollinators e.g. bees. DNA is mixed; diversity and durability result. This reminds me of the church, which is made up of all nations, tribes, tongues, slave and free, Jew and gentile, young and old, Mark 11 v17, Mark 10 v14, John 14 v2. Coldness destroys blossom, 1 Peter 4 v8. A cold heart is like a heart of stone, but God wants to change that (Ex 36v26). Little foxes (false teachers, false prophets, gossips or discouragers) can also spoil the blossom, SoS 2 v15, 2 Thes 3 v6.

For a tree to bear fruit pollen needs to be carried from one blossom to another to fertilize the ovule. Bees are needed for this. In the same way in the church there is a need for reconcilers, peacemakers, encouragers, those who bring people together, like Barnabas. Acts 9 v26/27, Mt 5 v9.

It takes all summer for the fruit to grow and ripen. Water, light and minerals need to be transported through the tree to the end of the branches where the fruit is growing. This speaks to me of sharing within the church. The church needs people through whom the water (Spirit) can flow, John 7 v38, Col 2 v7, 2 Cor 8 v2. But not all produce fruit by the end of summer, Jude 1 v12.

Throughout Genesis fruitfulness is equated with multiplication of what is good (e.g. Gen 1 v28, 8 v17, 9 v1 & 7, 35 v11). New seeds are formed within the fruit as it grows. Multiplication has taken place. You reap what you sow, Gal 6 v 7/8, Gen 1 v12, Mat 13v23. The good seed is not only to satisfy our souls but also to sow into the lives of others; it is food for the eater and seed for the sower, Isa 55 v10. But this also applies to bad seed, bad words (e.g. complaining, gossip, false prophecy) which can multiply and eventually kill the whole body, Num 14 v22, 3 John 1 v10, Rev 2 v20-22.

Fruit can be attacked by pests. In the same way spiritual fruit can be destroyed by ungodly enemies. We need the armour of God to protect us, like the shell of a walnut protecting the nut inside. Put on the full armour of God: truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the Spirit, the word of God, and pray in the Spirit, Eph 6 v14-18. Peter too speaks about the importance of prayer and faith in standing firm against God’s enemy, 1 Peter 5 v6-9. So as in natural world so in the spiritual, God has provided means of protection for the fruit.

Once the fruit is mature it falls to the ground, it “dies.” But this death to self is not the end; it is the means to new life for the next generation. The fruit has seeds within it that sprout and feed on the fruit as they grow. This speaks of teaching, feeding the next generation with good food, Ex 13v14. It speaks of the fruits of the Spirit impacting others, helping them to germinate and then grow.</BR<
Some fruit has an even wider impact. In the natural world, animals and birds spread the seeds far and wide. This is like mission. God sends apostles out to share the word, even to the ends of the earth, Rev 7 v9, Matt 28 v19. This great sacrificial task of making disciples throughout the earth will result in a great harvest of believers growing everywhere, Isa 42 v4.
Jesus Himself had to fall to the ground and die (on the cross) in order to reap a harvest of souls. We are called to take up our cross daily too. Rather than just eat the fruit we are called to share it. This fruit will endure right to the end (Rev 22 v2).

In the parable of the sower, much seed that is scattered does not produce fruit. The devil snatches away seed (the word) from the hearts of some, some start well but have no roots so that when trials come they fail, others are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures and never mature. But a little seed does fall on good soil, soft hearts who hear the word where it is retained and kept safe to maturity until they, in turn, produce a crop of seeds to sow for others to eat. The picture is one of much fruit from a small patch (30, 60 or 100x) and no fruit from most of the land. So it seems in the spiritual realm, there are times and places of great multiplication when many souls are saved but much barren land where there is no harvest. God will in the end have a great harvest of good fruit. Only the righteous will be there, only those washed by the blood of His Son. They will be given new bodies; there will be no more tears, no more weeping, no more decay, just praise and enjoying God forever and ever. Let it be.