Is Your Church A Fig Tree?

Posted: September 8, 2015 in Personal Evangelism
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In Luke 13:5-9, Jesus told a parable that was an analogy of the national of Israel’s fruitlessness. Jesus said,

5 “I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

Jesus wanted to cut down the fruitless fig tree. Jesus had created the fig tree to bare much fruit, but it was fruitless, so he wanted to cut it down. There are many churches across the landscape of America and world who once had a strong foundation in evangelizing its community, city, region and world. But after a generation or so, the church became fruitless.

The church stopped reaching its community. The members of the church stopped evangelizing its neighbors and community. The church now sits almost vacant on Sunday mornings. The tithes and offerings are barely covering the utilities and the members wonder, “If only we got a younger pastor.” Or they might wonder, “If we only our preacher was more dynamic speaker.”

The problem is that the church members now make excuses why they are not able to go out win the lost for Christ. Instead, they should be looking for ways to connect with their ever changing community.

Every congregation has a life span. Each congregation should be planning to reach the next generation coming behind them. Otherwise, Jesus will allow the church die out, hence, “cut down the tree,” because it no longer serves its purpose.

Church, church member, pastor, staff, don’t let your congregation become a fruitless church. Go do what Christ made you to be, a Fruit Bearing church.


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