Jesus began one of his most famous parables, “A farmer went out to plant seeds…” He frequently used illustrations from the farm to teach his disciples about growing spiritually, the practices that help us live as disciples of Jesus Christ, and the struggles we face in experiencing the joy of the Christian life.
Join First United Methodist Church this fall for Lessons from a Pumpkin Farm. We will study Jesus’ agricultural lessons and other biblical teachings regarding the spiritual life. Learn about growing in the Christian life each week with biblical principles illustrated by one of America’s best pumpkin farms.
- August 21 – Good Soil: The Importance of Worship
- August 28 – Stay Connected with the Vine: How Faith Grows
- September 4 – Planting for the Harvest: Giving and the Christian Life
- September 11 – Walking and Weeding: The Power of Serving Together
- September 18 – Harvest Time: Sharing a Mission from God
What is this sermon about?
This sermon is about growing in our faith outside of worship both on our own through reading the Bible and praying and with other people as part of a small group.
Why is this sermon important?
This sermon is important because staying connected with Jesus allows us to discover that the fruit of the Spirit is being produced in our lives.
What is the context of this sermon?
This is the second week of Lessons from a Pumpkin Farm and New Member Sunday. We are using stories from Carroll and Becky Walters and their farm to help us learn about following Jesus. The videos are produced by Scott Olney of Olney Productions.
What are the next action steps?
This week, take time with God – by yourself and with other people.
Stay connected with Jesus and bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
What is the good news? What is the bottom line?
Jesus tells us the good news, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit.”