Sunday School Lesson 2009 10 04


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Mark 11:12-25

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Sunday School Lesson 2009 10 04

  1. 1. October 4, 2009
  2. 2. Grow Team News [email_address]
  3. 3. Serve Team News [email_address] F - First I - Impressions T - Team
  4. 4. Serve Team News <ul><li>November 20 th - Practices Begin </li></ul><ul><li>January 9 th – First Game </li></ul><ul><li>Needs: </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Coaches (Lead and Assistant) </li></ul><ul><li>Referee </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Game Clean-up </li></ul><ul><li>Devotions Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer Team members </li></ul><ul><li>Greeters </li></ul><ul><li>Year-end Celebration </li></ul>
  5. 5. Rescue Team News Team Meeting Tuesday Oct 13 th , 2009
  6. 6. Announcements EI Bible School Men’s Fall Retreat
  7. 7. <ul><li>Prayer Requests </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Praise Reports </li></ul>
  8. 8. Discipleship: The Epic Adventure <ul><li>October 4th, 2009 - Failure to Launch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BACKGROUND PASSAGE: Mark 11:1 - 12:12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOCAL PASSAGE : Mark 11:12-25 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>October 11th, 2009 - I'm Your Huckleberry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BACKGROUND PASSAGE: Mark 12:13 - 13:37 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOCAL PASSAGE : Mark 12:13-17,28-31,38-40 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>October 18th, 2009 – Blindsided </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BACKGROUND PASSAGE: Mark 14:1-72 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOCAL PASSAGE : Mark 14:27-34,37-38,43,48-50 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>October 25th, 2009 - Against the Grain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BACKGROUND PASSAGE: Mark 15:1 - 16:8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOCAL PASSAGE : Mark 15:1-5,12-13,32,37-39; 16:1,5-7 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Mark 11 <ul><li>Verses 1 – 10: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Verse 11 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goes to the temple, looks around at everything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Returns to Bethany with the twelve, because it was late </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. January 28, 1986
  11. 12. Focal Passage <ul><li>Mark 11:12-25 </li></ul>
  12. 13. Mark 11:12-25 <ul><li>12The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14Then he said to the tree, &quot;May no one ever eat fruit from you again.&quot; And his disciples heard him say it. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Mark 11:12-25 <ul><li>15On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Mark 11:12-25 <ul><li>17And as he taught them, he said, &quot;Is it not written: &quot; 'My house will be called       a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it 'a den of robbers.‘ &quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  18The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. 19When evening came, they went out of the city. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Mark 11:12-25 <ul><li>20In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21Peter remembered and said to Jesus, &quot;Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!&quot;  22&quot;Have faith in God,&quot; Jesus answered. 23&quot;I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Mark 11:12-25 <ul><li>24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 18. What drew Jesus to the fig tree? <ul><li>He was hungry </li></ul><ul><li>It was in this path </li></ul><ul><li>It had a promising appearance – covered with leaves </li></ul>
  18. 19. How did the fig tree symbolize the nation of Israel? <ul><li>The activities at the temple had an outwardly religious appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Inwardly they were: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meaningless ritual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploitive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hypocritical </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. What can be done to remedy fruitlessness? <ul><li>Have faith in God </li></ul><ul><li>Whatever obstacles to faith you face in life – ask God to move them </li></ul><ul><li>Pride is the primary hindrance to faith in God </li></ul>
  20. 21. Was it reasonable for Jesus to expect fruit out of season?
  21. 23. The Flower Blooms Inside But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
  22. 24. Was it reasonable for Jesus to expect fruit out of season? <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season ; </li></ul><ul><li>2 Timothy 4:2 </li></ul>
  23. 25. Product must accompany Promise <ul><li>Christians may appear promising from afar </li></ul><ul><li>Our outward ‘appearance’ may in and of itself draw others to us </li></ul><ul><li>But what satisfies those who come is not the promise – but the product </li></ul><ul><li>We need to offer people fruit </li></ul><ul><li>That fruit needs to always be available – in season and out of season </li></ul>
  24. 26. <ul><li>Can you be a Disciple and not produce fruit? </li></ul>
  25. 27. Luke 13:6-9 <ul><li>6Then he told this parable: &quot;A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' </li></ul><ul><li>  8&quot; 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. 9If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' &quot; </li></ul>
  26. 28. Homework <ul><li>What kind of tree would Jesus find in you if He walked into the room at this moment to search for fruit? </li></ul><ul><li>What things in your life are hindering your ability to produce fruit? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you cultivate your life to bear more fruit? </li></ul>
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