Sermon Series: This Thing Called Church
Sermon: A “Sensible” Mission
Scriptures: Luke 13: 6-9, John 15:1-11
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
Monday May 14. 2018: Galatians 5: 22-23
There’s a familiar song: They’ll know we are Christians by our love! When we abide in God’s love, we were bear the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. What fruits are you bearing? What changes do you need to make to bear the fruits of the Spirit?
Prayer: God, help us to bear the fruits of the Spirit
Tuesday May 15, 2018: 1 Corinthians 3: 6-9
While our job is to plant and to tend, Paul reminds us that only God can grow. We are God’s servants that work for God, for God’s purpose. Often in the church, we bring our own agenda and only want to see the results we desire. Paul reminds us that God calls us to work hard to build for God’s kingdom, but that we must trust God to do the building. What agenda do you bring to the church? How can we let go of that agenda to let God grow in us and through us?
Prayer: God, help me to let go, and let you grow in me.
Wednesday May 16, 2018: Luke 8: 4-15
We live in a culture of instant gratification. We seek immediate results and we are not very good at waiting. But bearing fruit is not always easy and requires patience endurance. In this parable, Jesus reminds us that we need to have good soil, first, before we can bear fruit that will last. How can we slow down this week from our culture of instant gratification and trust in God’s timing?
Prayer: God, help us to have patient endurance, and to bear fruit that will last.
Thursday May 17: Colossians 1: 9-14
Bearing fruit in God means trusting in God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We need to pray daily and read God’s scriptures so that we may better know and discern God’s will in our lives and in our churches. What is it that God is calling us to? This week, we are challenged to make time to pray and read the scriptures and to listen for God’s voice.
Prayer: God, help us to be filled with the knowledge of your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Friday May 18, 2018: Matthew 7: 15-20
“Thus you will know them by their fruits” (v. 20). Jesus reminds us that we will be known by our fruits. If we treat others with kindness, we will be known as kind people. But if we are impatient, or unloving, or cruel, we will be known by those same traits. What fruits are you bearing? And how will others know you? What fruits do we need to cut off?
Prayer: Help us to bear fruits worthy of your kingdom.
Saturday May 19, 2018: Psalm 1:1-6
In the first Psalm of the book of Psalms, the Psalmist writes about people who reflect the character of God in their lives. They delight in the law of the Lord, yield fruit and do not wither.
This is the life that God intended for us! How can we live into the glorious life God intended for us?
Prayer: God, help us to live as those who delight in your word and reflect your character in our lives.