Parables

Bearing Fruit

When Jesus addressed a crowd, he ALWAYS spoke in stories and illustrations. Why is that? He knew that stories are like velcro to our minds. With just a few words he communicated such large truths. So, come take a look at his Parables!

When Jesus addressed a crowd, he ALWAYS spoke in stories and illustrations. Why is that? He knew that stories are like velcro to our minds. With just a few words he communicated such large truths. So, come take a look at his Parables!

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Craig Walker
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Introduction

This week Pastor Craig discusses with us the parable of the barren fig tree. This parable of Jesus is telling us we can remain stagnant in our relationship with him or we can grow and bear much fruit through our works and relationships. Where can you produce the most fruit? How do you position yourself to be ultra-productive? What kind of “tree” does God want you to be? Let’s dig deep into God’s word and experience the fullness of God.

Discussion Questions

1. This week Pastor Craig discussed bearing fruit. When you hear this phrase what are your initial thoughts? Do you think about religion?

2.  Have a volunteer read Luke 13:6-9. Why did Jesus tell this parable? In your own words, what is the point of Jesus’ parable?

3.  What is the connection between bearing fruit and repentance? What does the warning of the fig tree call for Christians to do?

4. Compared to a fig tree, where are you these days spiritually?

5. What would have to change in order for you to be more fruitful?

6. In what areas of your life does Scripture prove profitable? How? Have you noticed a change in these areas when you haven’t been actively studying or being taught God’s Word?

7. How do we walk with the Spirit daily to make the fruit of the Spirit more present and evident in our lives? How does this impact our evangelistic efforts?

Moving Forward 

The fruits of the Spirit will begin to show up on your limbs on your branches as God begins to change you. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness,and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Changing Your Mind

As we give ourselves to the word and allow our lives to be formed and shaped by it –we are trained in righteousness. This is why the word of God is so important to us in our daily walk.  The Word of God will bring something we all need more of in our lives – discipline! “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16

Prayer

Thank God for allowing us to know Him and for how our relationship with Him has changed our lives. Pray that bearing fruit would be clearly seen in everything you do, and that the works of the flesh would be suppressed as we walk by the Spirit.

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