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A Challenge

Matthew 21:18-19, John 15:1-11, Henry De Oliveira, January 6, 2019


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • 2 Cor 13:5
    • A challenge to examine ourselves
    • What fruit are you bearing?
    • How the Lord deals with those who do not bear fruit
  • "There must be more than this" - Song
    • In churches - a lot lacking and much to be desired
    • Example of Missionaries in India
    • The state of our churches
    • Why did Jesus die? - what is our confidence in the Lord?
    • Jesus desires more from us

Matthew 21:18-19

  • Have you ever known hunger?
    • Jesus is hungry
    • Jesus curses the tree and it immediately withers
    • Jesus desired so much more of the tree
  • Application:
    • Jesus is hungry for our fruit
    • What happens when there is no fruit?
    • Jesus cursed the fig tree - it looked beautiful but deceived
    • Is there any fruit in the church of Jesus?
  • Challenge:
    • Are we in danger of being cursed or thrown into the fire?
    • Have we become a fruitless people?
    • Are we hypocrites?
    • Are we backslidden?
    • Is our heart and home in heaven?

John 15:1-11

  • God cuts off every branch that bears no fruit (v2)
    • Do non-Christians find in us things that grab their attention?
    • Would Jesus find things that grab His attention?
    • Ezekiel 14:12-14
      • God would not spare the people even for Noah, Daniel or John
      • God searches the heart
  • God looks for truth, obedience and trust
    • Truth - Christ at the centre, worshiping in spirit and truth, saved only by grace
    • Obedience - love for God, each others and our neighbours; obedient to the gospel commission
    • Trust - in Jesus salvation and righteousness, bought at a price, all that we have - is His, resting in and confidence in Jesus Christ
  • Why did Jesus come?
    • To reveal the father
    • To show humility and obedience
    • To suffer, die and conquer death through His resurrection
  • Challenge:
    • Do we have a desire to worship God?
    • Do we have an obedient heart?
    • Are we servants?
    • Self Examination
      • Sin comes out so easily
    • Think how Jesus spoke to the Church of Laodecia
    • Compare with the life of David - "a man after God's own heart"
  • How can we be fruitful people?
    • Remain/abide in Jesus (v4)
    • Pray (v7)
  • God is glorified when we bear much fruit
  • We are not to wait or slumber
    • We need to examine ourselves
    • We need to repent
    • We need to seek Him
  • A great reward: His joy will be in us
    • Neh 8:10
    • We would be stronger Christians
  • A great reward: our joy will be complete
    • Ps 16:11



Sermon Passage:

Matthew 21:18-19

18Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. (KJV)

John 15:1-11

1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. (KJV)


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