Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
- Troy shared his failed attempt to cultivate a small fruit orchard. Have you ever tried to grow something that didn’t cooperate? Share your gardening woe stories.
Start thinking and sharing. Ask a question to get your group thinking and to create openness.
- Read the parable Jesus told in Luke 13:6-9. Discuss this passage by answering the following questions:
- Who/what are the three entities involved and whom/what do they represent?
- What is the issue?
- What were the 2 points of view about the issue? What was the proposed course of action?
- What were the 2 characteristics of the Gardener that Troy pointed out? How does each apply to you personally?
- Read Galatians 5:16, 22-23. What is the Fruit of the Spirit and how do you get it?
- What does it mean to walk in the Spirit in a practical, day-to-day way? Discuss the two ways of progressing in that walk that Troy mentioned in the message?
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
- Troy mentioned that he says the Scripture he’s trying to memorize 100 times a day. Share other practical ways to memorize Scripture. Pick out a verse with your group, maybe 2 Peter 3:9, and challenge each other to memorize a verse by next week.
- Is there some kind of “fruit” that God is nudging you to bear? Something left for you to do? Share ideas and thoughts with your group.
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
- Pray like Troy did, asking that your group members find healing and purpose. Ask Him to use any “manure” in our lives to fertilize the trees of our lives so that we bear fruit. May we live our lives and go to our graves with no regrets bearing fruit and having an impact.
- Pray through the requests in your small group prayer journal.
Start digging. For further study.