In this sermon, Pastor Neil continues his series on being rooted and established in the faith. Today’s sermon explains what it means to be rooted in the faith. Here are some excerpts

The Example of the Redwood Tree

Everybody knows that healthy trees and plants need to have a good root system. Not surprisingly, the tallest living tree in the world is a redwood in California. It is known as the “Mendocino Tree.” It is about 367 feet tall (slightly longer than a football field, end zones included), with a diameter of 10.5 feet, and it is more than 1,000 years old. Given their height, you might think that redwoods have the deepest roots… Their roots only go down about 10-12 feet, which is remarkable, given their mammoth size.

What is distinctive about the redwood root system is the way their roots are intertwined with the roots of other redwood trees, sometimes extending out up to 100 feet from the trunk. They are interconnected and interdependent on one another to hold each other up, especially in the face of strong winds, storms, flooding, fires, and earthquakes, and to share the nutrients they need in order to thrive and remain strong.

Rooted in the Faith: Staying Connected

There is a double application that we as God’s people can take from this. The interconnection of the redwood root system shows how important it is for us to be connected to and supporting one another. The Christian life, as I hope you know, is not meant to be lived in isolation. It is meant to be lived in community. We are designed to flourish in nourishing relationships with other Christian believers. It is a mistake to think you don’t need the support and love andencouragement and accountability provided by other Christians.

By one another. Our roots in the Christian faith need to be intertwined with one another as we seek to live for Jesus in this world. Make sure your roots are intertwined with your sisters and brothers in Christ – for their sake as well as your own. God can use us to hold one another up, to keep one another from falling into sin or falling away from the faith, and to help us stand strong when we face storms that threaten to undo us…

The Need for Good Soil

Rich, nourishing soil. Fertile soil. Productive soil. The kind of soil God wants your life and mine to be. The good soil is the soil of a heart that allows God’s Word to take deep root in it. The good soil is always ready and eager to receive the Word of God and to obey it in faith. When we allow God’s Word to have “the run of the house” in our lives (Colossians 3:16, MSG), it will produce first a harvest of character in us [meaning, the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)] and then a harvest of good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) (R. Kent Hughes, Mark: Jesus, Servant and Savior, 106- 107).

Let your roots go deep into the Word of God, down deep into the love of God, down deep into the grace of God. Let your roots go down deep into the transforming truth of the gospel…

March 1, 2020

Colossians 2:6-7; Mark 4:1-8

Dr. Neil Smith

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