Cell Phones and a Fig Tree
Topic: Spiritual Growth Passage: Matthew 13, Galatians 5:22, Luke 13:6–13:8
1. Have you ever purchased something that didn’t fulfill its intended purpose (i.e. a cell phone that didn’t make phone calls, car that didn’t drive etc.)? How did you respond?
2. When you think through the four different soils that are described in Matthew 13, which soil produced fruit? What were the reasons the other three did not produce fruit? How does that natural picture of soils reflect the spiritual reality of people’s lives?
3. If a “Christian” does not bear any fruit are they a Christian? Why or why not? (Remember none of us are called to be fruit inspectors of each other’s lives, in fact the Bible is clear the only time we are to look for fruit is when it comes to the teaching we receive Matthew 7:15-16.)
4. When you think through the fruit presented in the message (repentance/confession, dependence, obedience, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). Do you see any of this “fruit” in your own life?
5. Describe the parable of the fig tree found in Luke 13:6-8. The owner of the fig tree found no fruit, what was his response? After a year if the tree still did not produce fruit what was to happen to the tree?