Today’s Passage: Luke 13:1-9 – Repent or Perish
Opening Prayer: Sometimes it seems like the hardships we face will never end. We are beyond our limit to endure without faltering. We do not understand why these things are happening to us. The answers do not always come to us. Believers often accept that there is a purpose for suffering. We just are not able to see the big picture in the way God does. Father God, help us in those times of suffering to be reassured of the hope we have in Christ. If there be anything that we need to tend to, please point it out to us clearly so we might make any needed changes in our thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, actions, or beliefs. Help us to be faithful followers of Jesus – to fully put our trust in the saving work He did for us upon the cross. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Crowder – Forgiven (Official Music Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: The Third Sunday in Lent called “Woodman, Spare that Tree!” by Jim Somerville, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia.
Why is probably a question we have all asked at some point. It is one that we often ask in the face of natural disasters such as the extreme weather the US has experienced recently. In the parable of the fig tree in Luke 13:1-9, people approach Jesus and ask the same question, “Why?” Jim Somerville points out that Jesus has a penchant for making things personal and pointed. The Galileans and those killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them – that could be you. The fig tree that the vineyard owner wants to cut down – that could be you. What can spare you from that fate? Listen and find out.
Closing Song: Matthew West – Broken Things (Lyric Video)
Closing Prayer: Father God, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, that we might be spared. Such a debt we owe and are unable to repay. May we reflect on what Jesus did for us during this season of Lent. May we bear much fruit for You and Your kingdom in the days still before us. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Epilogue: Kris Kristofferson – “Why Me Lord”