Happy Tuesday! In today's reading we find Jesus identifying a barren fig tree as a tragic metaphor for a city that had rejected God's redemptive plan fulfilled in Jesus.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one area of your life lacking fruit? What is one area of your life you would like to see fruit grow?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 11.12-14 ] 12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What do we discover about Jesus nature in vs. 12?
_ What does he see in the distant that might satisfy his hunger in vs. 13?
_ Describe the fig tree in vs. 13b?
_ What is Jesus response to the fig tree in vs. 14?
_ What do you think Jesus words to the fig tree were symbolic of? (Consider the city he has just entered into and what He is about to do in the next section)
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?
+ HOW am I like a barren fig tree and is Jesus inviting me to respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
_ Confess area's where you are like this fig tree- lots of leaves but little fruit.
_ Respond this week by pruning or cutting unnecessary growth out of your life (indulgences, habits, anything that is keeping you from bearing healthy fruit).
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)