Fruitless Lives & The Authority of Christ

This weeks text explores the theme of Israel’s spiritual hypocrisy through Jesus’ cursing of a fig tree and a challenge to His authority in the temple brought by the chief priests and elders. The truths we see in the text point to a powerful spiritual reality for all of us.

·    What does it mean to bear good spiritual fruit?
·    How does the good spiritual fruit we bear glorify God?
·    Are there areas of your life where you are relying more on your own efforts to grow than you are on Christ’s work on the cross?
·    Is the spiritual fruit in your life in keeping with the message of hope and salvation found in what Christ did for you on the cross?
·    Has your belief in Christ ever led you to acknowledge Him at the cost of your own reputation?  What fruit did you see as a result?