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Summary: Parable of the fig tree

Got Fruit???

Luke 13:6-9 (quickview) 

January 23, 2005

Luke 13:6-9 (quickview)  (NLT)

Then Jesus used this illustration: "A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. [7] Finally, he said to his gardener, ’I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s taking up space we can use for something else.’

[8] "The gardener answered, ’Give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. [9] If we get figs next year, fine. If not, you can cut it down.’ "

Planted For A Purpose

• God has a plan for you – Jeremiah 29:11 (quickview) 

Jeremiah 29:11 (quickview)  (NLT)

For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Planted For A Purpose

• God has a plan for you

– God has you here for a reason

• To bear fruit – Jeremiah 17:7-8 (quickview) 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (quickview)  (NLT)

"But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. [8] They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.

Planted For A Purpose

• God has a plan for you

– God has you here for a reason

• To bear fruit – Jeremiah 17:7-8 (quickview) 

• To bring glory to God

The Desired Fruit

• A transformed life

Romans 12:2 (quickview) 

Romans 12:2 (quickview)  (HCSB)

Do not be conformed to this

Age, but be transformed by the

Renewing of your mind, so that you

may discern what is the good,

Pleasing, and perfect will of God

The Desired Fruit

• A transformed life

Romans 12:2 (quickview) 

• The fruit of the Holy Spirit – Galatians 5:22 (quickview) 

Galatians 5:22 (quickview)  (NLT)

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

The Desired Fruit

• A transformed life

Romans 12:2 (quickview) 

• The fruit of the Holy Spirit

– The evidence of transformation

– Bears witness to God’s presence

in our lives

Called And Accountable

• What have you done with Jesus?

– Those who have put their faith in Christ will be judged for their fruitfulness or barrenness – 2 Corinthians 5:10 (quickview) 

2 Corinthians 5:10 (quickview)  (NLT)

For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies.

Called And Accountable

• What have you done with Jesus?

– Those who have put their faith in Christ will be judged for their fruitfulness or barrenness

– Those who have rejected Christ will also be judged – 1 Peter 4:17 (quickview) 

1 Peter 4:17 (quickview)  (NLT)

For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin first among God’s own children. And if even we Christians must be judged, what terrible fate awaits those who have never believed God’s Good News?

The Patient Gardener

• Jesus intercedes for you – Hebrews 4:14-15 (quickview) 

Hebrews 4:14-15 (quickview)  (NLT)

That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. [15] This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin.


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