Click on the following link to read the sermon I prepared for this week: Nothing but Leaves. After reading, consider the following questions.
- Jesus rides into Jerusalem as a King even if the crowds of people don’t understand that. How can we recognize Jesus as King in our world today?
- In what ways was the temple not producing the fruit that Jesus was looking for? Why does Jesus confront the religious leaders so strongly? (Read through all of Mark 11-13).
- The fig tree is a symbolic representation of the unfruitful temple: just as the fig tree withered, so will the corrupt temple system. What aspects of our own religiosity need to wither away to leave more room for God’s fruit?
- Jesus talks about the fruit of God being faith, prayer, and forgiveness. How can we embody these fruitful characteristics in our church community today?
May we embrace our calling to become a house of prayer for all the nations. May we trust in God’s faithfulness, pray for God’s kingdom to be present here on earth, and be a people who practice forgiveness.
Feel free to post your thoughts, questions, and responses.