ONE MORE YEAR
Let us notice some facts about the tree
and its owner:
V6 1. The tree is planted in a vineyard
mot by the wayside as the one Jesus
Matt 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in
the way, he came to it, and
found nothing thereon, but
leaves only, and said unto
it, Let no fruit grow on thee
henceforward for ever. And
presently the fig tree
The vineyard may represent the local
2. This tree belonged to a certain man.
1 Cor 6:20 For ye are bought with a
price: therefore glorify God
in your body, and in your
spirit, which are God's.
3. The church therefore and the members
of the local church ‑ who are saved and
baptized belong to God.
4. The owner requires fruit he has a
right to expect fruit.
Psalms 1:3 And he shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers of
water, that bringeth forth
his fruit in his season; his
leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall
5. The owner seeks that fruit:
1. He comes himself ‑ we are all
accountable to God
2. Leaves will not serve as fruit
Matt 21:19 Jesus saw the leaves
but no fruit
3. He finds none
4. He complains to the dresser
5. He had waited a long time
6. He only expects fruit ‑ not much
7. He was not acting hastily ‑ 3
years vs 7
6. It did not bear fruit it used the
space that a fruitful tree could have
1. It took water and nutrients that
could produce fruit but produces
2. It is injurious to trees about it
3. Those who hear the Word of God
and do nothing ‑ by their
influence cause others to wither
1. dad don't do it ‑ not important
2. my boss don't do it
3. who do you influence
7. The owner orders it cut down
Why cumber the ground with it?
8. The dresser intercedes ‑ Jesus
Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to
save them to the uttermost that
come unto God by him, seeing he
ever liveth to make
intercession for them.
Pastors and church workers try to
intercede, and well we should.
The pastor who will not pray for his
people is not right.
The Sunday School teacher who will not
pray for his/her students is not right.
The church member who will not pray for
the weaker brother is not right.
But Jesus intercedes for all who are
9. (vs 8) The dresser prays for
1. Give it one more year
2.we are encouraged to pray
3. we obtain a reprieve ‑
not a pardon
a pardon can not come at the request of
others. It can only come when admission
of guilt and repentance of sin brings
forth the righteous fruit of the holy
How long has God waited and given
reprieve to you?
10. How the dresser promises to improve
1. Prayer must be seconded with
2. Request God's grace and mercy
with our humble resolution to do our
Else we mock God ‑ showing we do not
rightly value the mercy for which we
3. He dings about it and dungs it
The Holy Spirit of God will bring to
1. sin ‑ judgment (dinging)
2. righteousness ‑ promised
11. (vs 9) Matter is left alone ‑ If it
bear fruit well!
1. God is pleased
2. Ground is no longer cumbered
3. Vineyard is beautified
4. Good trees are made better
5. Will receive God's blessings
6. Will be purged to bear more
fruit ‑ John 15:2
We must bear fruit to the glory of God this year.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I
have chosen you, and ordained
you, that ye should go and
bring forth fruit, and that
your fruit should remain:
that whatsoever ye shall ask
of the Father in my name, he
may give it you.
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also
are become dead to the law by
the body of Christ; that ye
should be married to another,
even to him who is raised from
the dead, that we should bring
forth fruit unto God.
Phil 4:17 Not because I desire a gift:
but I desire fruit that may
abound to your account.
Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of
the Lord unto all pleasing,
being fruitful in every good
work, and increasing in the
knowledge of God;
How can I make my life count for more in
the new year than ever before?
How can I bear that fruit and please
I. BY CONTACT WITH LIVING WATER
The Word of God
1. Read it
2. Have family devotions
3. Meditate on it
II. BY BEING RECEPTIVE TO SPIRITUAL THINGS
Matt 13:23 But he that received seed
into the good ground is he
that heareth the word, and
understandeth it; which also
beareth fruit, and bringeth
forth, some an hundredfold,
some sixty, some thirty.
Seed falling on good ground.
Having a good attitude toward the things
III. BY DEATH TO THE OLD LIFE
John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto
you, Except a corn of wheat
fall into the ground and die,
it abideth alone: but if it
die, it bringeth forth much
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become
IV. BY SUBMITTING TO GOD'S PRUNING PROCESS
John 15:2 Every branch in me that
beareth not fruit he taketh
away: and every branch that
beareth fruit, he purgeth it,
that it may bring forth more
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the
branches: He that abideth in
me, and I in him, the same
bringeth forth much fruit: for
without me ye can do nothing.
B. Sacrifices ‑ hobbies, time,
C. Chastening ‑ Heb 12:6‑11
Luke 13:8‑9 8 And he answering said
unto him, Lord, let it alone
this year also, till I shall
dig about it, and dung it:
9 And if it bear fruit,
well: and if not, then after
that thou shalt cut it down.
Last year we have:
1. worked hard
2. we have struggled patiently
3. we have experienced failures
4. we have made mistakes
5. but we have seen some victories!
6. we have in all this gained experience
7 we stand at the brink of 1996 with a
fuller understanding of God working
8. To meet the new challenges of a new