The parable of the fig tree.

The parable of the fig tree.

DATE: 03/02/2014 

TEXT:  Luke 13:1-9Galatians 5:22-23  

What should I know and do?

KNOW: We will not be judged for the amount of knowledge we have or don’t have, but rather what are we doing with the knowledge and gifts God has given us.  

DO: Walk in God’s Spirit.  Use your mistakes and victories to bear fruit.        

QUESTIONS:

  1. Have you ever made the statement, “they had it coming”? Why is that a dangerous statement to make?
  2. Read Luke 13:1-3. Why did Jesus not answer the obvious question which is, “If the victims didn’t die because of their sin, why did they die?” What was more important for them to know?
  3. After discussing two actual tragedies, Jesus says to them in verses 3 and and 5  that, “unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
    • What is Jesus telling the Jews?
    • What is Jesus telling us?
  4. Discuss the parable in verses 6-9.
    • Who does the vineyard owner represent?
    • Who does the caretaker of the vineyard represent?
    • What Godly characteristic is shown by the caretaker?
  5. How does God feel about Christians who don’t bear fruit?
    • How does this motivate you?
  6. Discuss the importance of bearing fruit as a Christian? As we bear fruit by doing what is right, who benefits the most: us, others or God?
  7. Read Galatians 5:22-25. List at least two of the “fruits of the Spirit” that you exhibit in your life.
    • Share with group one personal example of how you “bore” a fruit of the Spirit this week.
    • What fruit of the Spirit do you find the hardest to allow the Spirit to produce in your life?
  8. How do you want your life to be different a year from now?

Behind on the Luke readings?  Go to the webpage where you’ll find all the Luke readings.

Check out Ray Moore’s “Histo-Ray” post for this week – Overview of Luke 13.