LESSONS FROM A FIG TREE
                                                                Luke 13:6-9 (765)


    Introduction

         A.  The fig tree was the most valuable tree in Palestine.  It normally didn’t produce
               for the first three years.

         B.  Comments about the fig tree:  Was unproductive.  Owner told the vine dresser to cut it
               down.  The vine dresser asked the owner for one more year for him to fertilize.

         C.  The lesson for the Jews:  they had turned down God’s offer of salvation and Jesus was
               the last opportunity.

         D.  The lessons for us:

     I.  Because the fig tree was useless, it was threatened with destruction.  V7  This
         parable teaches us that uselessness puts us in danger of spiritual decline.

         A.  Question:  Of what use am I to God?

               1.  It doesn’t necessarily mean doing big things.  Hymnbook, page 80.

               2.  We can be useful to God by doing what we are capable of doing.  Examples:

   II.  The barren fig tree was in danger of destruction because it was taking space in
         the vineyard without making any return.  V7

         A.  Question:  What benefits do I receive from the church?

         B.  Question:  What contributions do I make to the church?

  III.  The fig tree was in danger of destruction because it wasn’t reaching its potential.
         V7

         A.  God demands that we do what we are capable of doing.

  IV.  The barren tree was given one more opportunity.

         A.  If you have an opportunity, you need to step up!

         B.  This requires faith.  Hebrews 11:1,6 (889)

Conclusion:  What does this parable teach me?  V9. _______________________ or
                     ___________________.  2 Timothy 4:6-8 (880)