ONE MORE YEAR

Luke 13:1‑9

 

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

passed in

 

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

           withered away.

 

The vineyard may represent the local

church.

 

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

           prosper.

 

John 15:1‑5

 

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

       fruit

 

     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

          used

 

     1. It took water and nutrients that

        could produce fruit but produces

        none

 

     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

saved.

 

9. (vs 8) The dresser prays for

   reprieval

 

   1. Give it one more year

 

   2.we are encouraged to pray

     for mercy

 

   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

spirit.

 

How long has God waited and given

reprieve to you?

 

10. How the dresser promises to improve

 

     1. Prayer must be seconded with

        endeavors.

 

     2. Request God's grace and mercy

with our humble resolution to do our

duty.

 

Else we mock God ‑ showing we do not

rightly value the mercy for which we

pray.

 

     3. He dings about it and dungs it

 

The Holy Spirit of God will bring to

mind

 

          1. sin ‑ judgment  (dinging)

          2. righteousness ‑ promised

              (fertilizer)

 

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

God?

 

I. BY CONTACT WITH LIVING WATER

 

The Word of God

 

Ps 1:1‑3

 

     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

of God.

 

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

           fruit.

 

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

           new.

 

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

          fruit.

 

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.

         

     A. Standards

     B. Sacrifices ‑ hobbies, time,

        money

     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

   year

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