by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 10 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 7: Fruitfulness
Series: How Jesus Explained It
Stuart Briscoe
Luke 13:1-9

Jesus' simple story about the fig tree that didn't produce and the reprieve that the owner of the vineyard granted to it is a striking reminder of the truth that God patiently waits for fruitfulness but not indefinitely.

I. Fruitfulness Is an Expression of Reality.

Note: "hypocrites." v. 56

A. The unreality of Christ's hearers.
1. Unreality about fire. vv. 49-50

2. Unreality about friction. vv. 51-53

3. Unreality about foresight. vv. 54-56

4. Unreality about forgiveness. vv. 57-59

5. Unreality about fate. 13:1-5

B. The reality of Christ's followers.
1. They perceived the truth.

2. They produced the fruit.


Part 8: Pervasiveness
Series: How Jesus Explained It
Stuart Briscoe
Luke 13:18-19

When Jesus healed a woman on the Sabbath, His opponents saw no further than a contravention of their laws. But He saw His activity as evidence that the Kingdom of God had come to tackle the Satanic forces that bind the people of our world. Accordingly, He talked about the pervasive activity of the Kingdom as it counters the pervading power of Satan.

I. The Fact of Satan's Pervasive Influence.

N.B. "The whole world lieth in the Wicked One." 1 John 5:19

A. The binding influence of Satan.
1. Physically. v. 11

2. Spiritually. v. 13

B. The blinding influence of Satan to:
1. Spiritual realities.

2. Societal extremities.

3. Personal hypocrisies.

C. The blighting influence of Satan.
1. Infirmity. v. 11

2. Indignation. v. 14

II. The Force of God's Pervasive Intervention.

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