Sermon: “The Way We Receive the Message”
Theme: We choose whether to hold onto our control and perceptions or we open our minds to the transforming power of God’s love.
Purpose: We will examine our reluctance to bear fruit but the tremendous abundance that comes as we release our pride and fears.
Scriptures: Romans 8:1-11 There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 The crowds come to hear Jesus speak parables of the various soils and what seeds take root.
What makes the difference between receiving Jesus’ instruction with enthusiasm and bearing fruit in our lives? What is the fruit that Jesus wants to see grow within us? Why are we fearful and resistant to being transformed by the Spirit of God? What keeps us stuck in our places of unforgiveness and bitterness? Why do we blame others for our lack of spiritual growth and failed relationships? How can we move forward as individuals and within our community in growing in love and peace?