Sermon Notes - 3/7/21

Time to settle

“Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? As you are going with your adversary to the ruler, make an effort to settle with him on the way. Then he won’t drag you before the judge, the judge hand you over to the bailiff, and the bailiff throw you into prison. I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny.” At that time, some people came and reported to him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And he responded to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were more sinful than all the other Galileans because they suffered these things? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well. Or those eighteen that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed—do you think they were more sinful than all the other people who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well.” And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree that was planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it and found none. He told the vineyard worker, ‘Listen, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it even waste the soil?’ “But he replied to him, ‘Sir, leave it this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. Perhaps it will produce fruit next year, but if not, you can cut it down.’”  - Luke 12:57-13:9 (CSB)


1. Time to Settle…Debts (Luke 12:57-59)
2. Do I owe God? (Luke 13:1-5)
3. Surprising, Costly…Limited Grace (Luke 13:6-9)
“The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak; They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne; But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak. And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.”
- “Jesus of the Scars,” Edward Shillito
“But he was pierced because of our rebellion,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on him,
and we are healed by his wounds.”
- Isaiah 53:5
Resources To Take You Further:
“The Test” by BibleProject 
Tim Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism,
Chapter 2 “A good God would not allow suffering.” (2009)
On RightNow Media:
“The Reason For God: Session 4 – Why Does God Allow Suffering?” 
“Jesus of the Scars”, Edward Shillito.
From Last Week:
Next Week's Passage:  Luke 13:10-17