In the parable of the Prodigal Son, the emphasis is often put on the rebel son who squandered his inheritance. In reality, the great surprise in this parable is the mercy of the father who loves both of his lost children. Your heavenly Father loves you that way as well! Learn more about Luke 15:11-32 NIV this Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.
“A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any.”
-Luke 13:6-9 NIV
Well, that would be frustrating. It’s one thing to have a single tree in your yard as a hobby, it’s quite another if you make your livelihood harvesting produce. Jesus tells this parable about the barren fig tree to assure us of God’s patience. In the parable, the caretaker convinced the vineyard owner not to cut the tree down. He said he would give it extra care and attention over the course of the next year. Jesus is our caretaker. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are fed and nourished to produce fruit for God. Galatians 5:22-23 teach us that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self–control.” As those who receive the regular care and attention of God through Bible, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper, we are to see these fruits growing in our lives. Even if you’re not a big fan of memory work, that list would be worth memorizing, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self–control. They are the fruit of the Spirit who lives in you. God has invested the blood of Jesus in your life. He’s given you the gift of faith. You are forgiven, eternal life is your possession in Christ. Now is the season for us to produce fruit so that others can see it, and glorify God for His goodness.
February 21 Sermon – Take Your Stand – Luke 13:31-35
Watch the February 21, 2016 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Luke 13:31-35 NIV and learn more about how God wants us to take a stand.
In light of all that God has done for us in Jesus, today He asks an unnerving question. Where’s the fruit? Because He has given us grace and forgiveness, God’s expectation is that we produce fruit for Him in our words and actions. Let’s make a harvest for the Lord! Learn more about Luke 13:6-9 NIV this Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.
“Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!”
-Philippians 4:1 NIV
What comes to mind when you think of someone “taking a stand”? Oddly enough, some of the most famous “stands” didn’t go as planned, (Leonidas and the 300 of Sparta, Rosa Parks being arrested) but we remember them just the same. We remember their courage, we remember their cause. For what will you be remembered? I’d like to be remembered as one who took a stand for Christ. God’s Word encourages us to “stand firm in the Lord”. It doesn’t have to be a confrontational or abrasive stand. Just stop hiding who you are! You are a child of God, a follower of Jesus. He is not ashamed of us, we will not be ashamed of Him. He took the ultimate stand for us. He willingly died in our place so that we could be forgiven and set free. Take a stand by letting others hear Christ’s love in your words. Take a stand for by letting others see Christ’s love in your actions every single day. Take a stand by clinging to the Truth of the Bible even though the world around you dismisses it. Be passionate about reflecting Christ’s love and the Truth of the Bible in your life. Take a stand for Christ!