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CONTEXT: Jesus is headed back to the temple after arriving in Jerusalem to confront what Israel’s religion had become.
KEY THOUGHT: God desires spiritual fruit that comes from the inside-out.
I. THE JUDGMENT OF A FRUITFUL WITHOUT TRUE FRUIT-(12-14)
“When He reached it, He found nothing but leaves…”
II. THE TEMPLE WORSHIP SHOWED NO FRUIT TO THE OF GOD-(15-19)
“Is it not written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
III. LESSONS FOR THE KIND OF FRUITFUL LIFE GOD DESIRES-(20-26)
A. Faith is a necessity for a life-(22)
“Have faith in God”
B. A life of and faith grow together-(23-24)
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
C. We experience the power of prayer when we have a heart-(25)
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them…”