The Garden Principle – Faithfulness

Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon:Matthew 16:13-23, James 1:6-8, Mathew 14:22-33, Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 16:10-12, Malachi 3:10

Sermon Summary

Peter is seen by many as the very epitome of faithfulness. However, it wasn’t alway the case. Peter had a history of unpredictable, unsteady and unstable behavior. After Peter makes a magnificently faithful profession that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus changes his name and begins to call him Rock. It takes a while for Peter to grow into this steady, impregnable picture of faithfulness. We see Jesus meet him in the wilderness of instability and transform it into a garden where he cultivates the fruit of the Spirit which is faithfulness. He desires to do the same in us. In these highly unstable days in which we find ourselves, we, too, can experience Jesus doing the same in us. We are living in a day when God desires an exponential increase of faithfulness in his children. He is seeking to grow water-walking disciples.

Sermon Application

  • As you read the Gospel accounts, how would you describe the character of Peter? Is he a stable figure? Why? Why not?
  • In what ways does Peter’s bold profession of faith and his subsequent rejection of Jesus’ description of his messianic ministry reveal an instability in Peter?
  • Do you understand faith more as a noun or a verb? How so?
  • What does the term “Roller Coaster Christianity” mean to you? Does that describe your faith in any way?
  • Where is Peter’s attention and what is his priority when he walks on water? Mathew 14:22-33 How does that change?
  • How would you describe the instability in your life right now? (COVID-19, economic uncertainty, stock market tumbles, job loss, school and business closures, physical distancing)
  • If God transforms the wilderness of instability into the garden in which he cultivates the fruit of faithfulness, what do you believe this current environment could make possible in your life?
  • Why do you suppose that Jesus ties our spiritual growth to the way that we handle our finances and possessions?
  • To what do you give higher priority in your life – your circumstances, feelings, and the opinions of others or the Word of God? Can you think of a few examples?

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The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.