God expects us to be fruit-bearing
full of different kinds of
"A man had a fig tree, planted 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.'
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Look what I have...apples, oranges, peaches, and bananas.
I think I'll have a delicious snack right now.
How about you?
Would you like to join me? Do you know what I think would be great?
I think it would be great to have a lot a fruit trees in your yard so that any time you wanted a snack, you could
just go out and pick a piece of fruit
off of the tree.
But what if you had an fruit tree in your yard that
never had any
fruit on it?
It wouldn't be good for anything
except shade, would it?
In our Bible lesson today,
Jesus told a story about a man who planted a fig tree in his garden.
After some time had passed, he went to look for some fruit on the tree, but there was none. Year after year he watched the tree, but the tree never produced any fruit. Finally, the man went to the gardener who took care of the tree and said to him,
"For three years I have been coming
to look for FRUIT on this fig TREE and
haven't found ANY.
Cut it down!
It is just taking up space
The gardener answered,
"Please, sir, give it one more chance. Leave it for another year.
I will give it special attention.
I will dig around the tree and give it plenty of fertilizer.
If the tree produces fruit next year,
great, if not,
then you can cut it down."
In telling this story, Jesus was really talking about us and about God.
God has "planted"
us here on this earth
expects us to produce good fruit
in our life
What kind of fruit does he expect?
When He looks at the way we live our life, he wants to
like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and gentleness.
There are times
when he is
disappointed in what he sees,
is willing to give us another chance.
Jesus is King:
This Easter season Sunday School pack
everything you need
What can we do
to help us produce the kind of fruit
that God expects?
We can worship regularly, read God's Word, and pray.
Those things will help us to live a
Let's pray right now and ask God to help us.
Heavenly Father, we know that you
things from your children.
Help us live a life that will be please You
Fig Tree Parable Art Project
As we move into Holy Week, I want to
share with you a
little activity you can do with your family
that can help
keep you on track of focusing
on preparing our hearts
the passion, death and resurrection
Lord, Jesus Christ
Fig Tree Art Project
Can help bring your children’s focus
back to the
Word of God,
brought to us in the Gospel from Luke 13:1-9:
Parable of the Fig Tree
And he told them this parable:
“There once was a person who had a
fig tree planted in his orchard,
and when he came
in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener,
‘For three years now I have come in
search of fruit on this fig tree
but have found none
So cut it down.
Why should it exhaust the soil?’
He said to him in reply,
‘Sir, leave it for this year also,
and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
it may bear fruit in the future.
you can cut it down.’”
– Luke 13: 6-9
The picture book, Psalms for Young Children
is so wonderful
for breaking the Psalms down into
I used this book to go along with the art project because
it has a perfect summary
for Psalm 103, and this Psalm paired
Gospel reading from Luke
White card stock for template
White school glue & scissors
Purple paper (plain or painted) for figs
Kwik Stix: light & dark greens, brown & black
9″ x 12″ green heavyweight construction paper
12″ x 15″ colored background paper (I used pink)
Grab the template and more by filling out the form below!
Glue the figs to the tree
and add repeated lines to each fig for texture using a
black Sharpie or crayon or
How can we use this
help our children understand
Jesus’ message to us?
An explanation for our kids
Well, simply put,
Jesus loves us
and wants us to be kind and
to show love to others
(bear good fruit).
YOU can CREATE
this fig tree showing the
GOOD FRUIT we want to bear this Lent!
When we struggle
to be kind or do the right thing,
we can pray for
God to help us do better
Use this art activity
discuss specific ways
they can show God’s love to others
(being a good friend, being humble, being honest, showing forgiveness, etc.) and
display the art
as a reminder of the good fruit we want to bear
through our actions
Also included in the download is a prayer
poster for Psalm 103,
The Lord is kind and merciful
Display both the ART and this SIGN together
The Tree Represents