On Sunday, February 22, 2015, I preached a message at Wildwood Community Church based out of Matthew 25:14-30. This message was part 2 in the series “Passion Road: Meeting Jesus on the Way to the Cross.” Below are a set of questions for further reflection or group study.
- Read Matthew 25:14-30
- Jesus tells this parable in the midst of a sermon answering the question, “Jesus when will Your Kingdom come (i.e. when will You return and the “end times” commence)? Jesus answers this question with a sermon to His disciples, and Matthew 25:14-30 is one of His closing illustrations. Given that context, what do you think was the main point Jesus was trying to get across in this story?
- Who do you think the landowner is supposed to symbolize in the parable? How about the servants?
- For 2,000 years, followers of Jesus Christ have lived out their lives “in the dash” . . . the period of time between Matthew 25:18-19 . . . the time between Jesus’s ascension into heaven and His return to the earth. How are you inspired to live knowing that you are living in the “dash”?
- Take a brief assessment of your life. What are the talents the Lord has deposited in you? What do you think He wants you to do with them?
- The implication of the parable is that Jesus will one day return, and when He does, He wants to know what we have done with our lives. What kind of a life leads to someone hearing “well done though good and faithful servant” from Jesus? (NOTE: You may not know how to answer that question exactly, but what is your best guess?)
- What stood out to you the most from the message? How will you apply it?