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Figs, Mountains, and Amazing Faith

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  • 1. I wouldrathererr onthe sideof faiththan onthe sideof doubt.RobertSchullerCrystal Cathedral declares bankruptcy.Schuller ousted from CC board.Court orders Crystal Cathedral sold.Sibling rivalry fueled demise.Schuller’s multimillion dollar claimagainst Crystal Cathedral is denied.
  • 2. “Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re holding on to.”P a t r i c k O v e r t o n
  • 3. Figs, Mountains & Amazing Faith
  • 4. Mark 1112 The nextday as they wereleaving Bethany, Jesuswas hungry. 13 Seeingin the distance a figtree in leaf, he went tofind out if it had anyfruit.When he reachedit, he found nothing butleaves, because it wasnot the season for figs.14 Then he said to thetree,“May no one evereat fruit from youagain.” And his disciplesheard him say it.
  • 5. A Few Fun Fig FactsEarly Figs(Breba)Spring - Early SummerOld WoodFruit Precedes LeavesNot Always TastyMain FigsLate Summer - FallNew WoodFruit Succeeds LeavesVery Tasty
  • 6. Mark 1120 In the morning, asthey went along, they saw the figtree withered from the roots.21 Peter remembered and saidto Jesus,“Rabbi, look! The figtree you cursed has withered!”22 “Have faith in God,”Jesus answered.
  • 7. Coming JudgmentCleansed the Temple & Cursed the TreeSpiritually Dead Worship Spiritually Dead People
  • 8. Don’t Leave a Bad Taste in God’s MouthJeremiah 244 Then the word of theLord came to me: 5 “This is what theLord, the God of Israel, says:‘Like thesegood figs, I regard as good the exiles fromJudah, whom I sent away from this placeto the land of the Babylonians. 6 My eyeswill watch over them for their good, and Iwill bring them back to this land. I willbuild them up and not tear them down; Iwill plant them and not uproot them. 7 Iwill give them a heart to know me, that Iam the Lord.They will be my people, andI will be their God, for they will return tome with all their heart.Jeremiah 248 “‘But like the bad figs,which are so bad they cannot be eaten,’says the Lord,‘so will I deal withZedekiah king of Judah, his officials andthe survivors from Jerusalem, whetherthey remain in this land or live in Egypt.9 I will make them abhorrent and anoffense to all the kingdoms of the earth,a reproach and a byword, a curse and anobject of ridicule, wherever I banishthem. 10 I will send the sword, famineand plague against them until they aredestroyed from the land I gave to themand their ancestors.’”
  • 9. It’s All about the Quantity & QualityMatthew 718 A good tree cannot bearbad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear goodfruit. 19 Every tree that does not beargood fruit is cut down and thrown into thefire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you willrecognize them.Galatians 519 The acts of the fleshare obvious: sexual immorality,impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatryand witchcraft; hatred, discord,jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition,dissensions, factions 21 and envy;drunkenness, orgies, and the like. Iwarn you, as I did before, that thosewho live like this will not inherit thekingdom of God.22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love,joy, peace, forbearance, kindness,goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law.John 158 This is to my Father’s glory,that you bear much fruit, showingyourselves to be my disciples.James 215 Suppose a brother or a sisteris without clothes and daily food. 16 If oneof you says to them,“Go in peace; keepwarm and well fed,” but does nothingabout their physical needs, what good is it?17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it isnot accompanied by action, is dead.
  • 10. Evidence of Deep FaithMark 1123 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to thismountain,‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and doesnot doubt in their heart but believes that what theysay will happen, it will be done for them.24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for inprayer, believe that you have received it, and it willbe yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if youhold anything against anyone, forgive them, so thatyour Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
  • 11. How Faith Develops & DeepensImitativeCopiesAdoptiveRepeatsSearchingListensOwned“Knows”Mustard Seed FaithO B J E C T I V ES U B J E C T I V E
  • 12. “Believing in him is notthe same as believingthings about him such asthat he was born of avirgin and raised Lazarusfrom the dead. Instead,it is a matter ofgiving our hearts tohim, of come hell orhigh water puttingour money on him,the way a child believesin a mother or a father,the way a mother or afather believes in a child.”― Frederick BuechnerYt|à{
  • 13. A recent church newsletter revealed that the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, ex-leader andfounder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries and the worldʼs longest runningevangelistic television program in the world, “Hour of Power,” depended on a “lovegift” from a small church to fix his broken heater and dishwasher in January.James 12 Consider it pure joy, my brothersand sisters, whenever you face trials of manykinds, 3 because you know that the testing ofyour faith produces perseverance. 4 Letperseverance finish its work so that you maybe mature and complete, not lacking anything.
  • 14. James 15 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it willbe given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe andnot doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of thesea, blown and tossed by the wind.Jesus, how doYouwant us to love fellowChrist-followers who aregay or lesbian?CDPCongregational Discernment Process“Listening Together: Love & Unity”July 7 through December 31, 2013