Faith Community Anglican Church Strathpine

Address

St Faith's Church
1 Sutherland Drive
, Strathpine, 4500.


Phone

07 3881 2090


Email

secretary at faithcommunity com au

 

 

Sermon Notes - A man and the fig-tree

 

Key Preaching Verse

 

Luke 13.6-9:  “Then Jesus told this parable: ‘A man had a fig-tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.  So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, “For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig-tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?”  “Sir,” the man replied, “leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig round it and fertilise it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.”’

Focus Questions

·         How many chances for repentance and forgiveness has God given you?  What does it mean to you personally that God is willing to give you a “second chance” to repent of your sins?  Or are you one of those perfect people who has no need for repentance and therefore no need of God?

·         Do you believe in a Gracious God, who will not only forgive your sins if you repent but will supply what you need to grow and flourish spiritually?  (Hint: Oswald Chambers , ‘My Utmost For His Highest”, “When the Spirit of God comes to us .  He does not give us glorious visions, but tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable...we must take the first step and do it in the inspiration of God”).

·         Do you trust God with your life?  Can you give a personal testimony of your experiences of the grace of God?

·         What does it mean to repent? (Hint: Think about your Lenten journey in 2013.  What are the behaviours you want to give up and take up so that you can be a spiritually new person by Easter?!)

Take Home Challenge:

·        Repentance is a key message in Lent.  Remember that repentance is not just feeling sorry and saying sorry.  That is the easy bit.  What does true Christian repentance involve?

 

·        Edmund Burke, the 18th century British statesman is attributed with the saying, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing!”  I believe what causes good people (so called) to do nothing is their failure to surrender their lives to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  What do you think?  Is the surrender of your life to Jesus something you attempt on a daily basis or something you have put in the too hard basket?