The Teachings of Jesus - The Unfruitful Tree

October 27, 2019

Text:  Luke 13:1-9

 

     THE OCCASION

               Report of Galileans killed while offering sacrifices

               Report of a tower that fell and killed 18 people

 

     THE (ERRANT0 ASSUMPTIONS
               
When bad things happen it is a sign of God’s punishment

               When things are going well it reflects God’s goodness

 

     THE TRUTH PROCLAIMED

               Rhetorical Question: Do you suppose they deserved it?

                    Unless you repent, You will all likewise perish

 

     THE LESSON

               BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO EVERYONE

               Do not assume yo are blessed because of your goodness.

               Do not assume that bad times are a punishment from God.

                        BUT – REPENT, because sinners WILL PERISH
 

     The Parable of THE UNFRUITFUL TREE

               A tree was planted but did not bear fruit

               Ample time was given for it to bear fruit

               The owner determined to have it cut down

               The steward asks for one more year to make it fruitful,

                      and if unsuccessful, he will cut it down

 

     THE LESSONS

               God has an expectation of fruitfulness from us

               We have been given ample time to be fruitful

               God will not tolerate our fruitfulness forever

              

     RENEW YOUR MIND

               Your present circumstances are not always a

                direct result of your actions, but your future
                circumstances can be impacted by your efforts.

 

               CHOOSE THIS DAY
         Are you going to be:

                A follower of Jesus,
                  changing the world

                    one life at a time

 

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