On Sunday, January 26, 2020, at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 25:1-13. This message was part 4 of the “Tomorrow” sermon series. Below you will find a series of questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.
- Read Matthew 25:1-13
- What does it look like for you to “prepare” for something on your calendar (event, project, etc.)? What would it look like for you to “prepare” for the second coming of Jesus?
- In this story, the young women are divided into two groups: the wise and the foolish. What separated the wise from the foolish? What do they have in common? How are they different?
- When the “hour” came, those with oil could not help those without oil. When we reflect on this principle for our application, we see that the faith of our friends or family cannot help us if we are not personally spiritually prepared when Jesus comes. In what ways is your faith “your own” and in what ways are you borrowing the faith of your friends or family?
- Sadly, many who wait to follow Jesus now because they don’t want to “miss out” on fun today, run the risk of “missing out” on eternity with Jesus. Eventually (as in the parable) the door of opportunity will close. How would you advise a friend who wanted to live their own way today instead of following Jesus in light of what you see in this parable?
- Being prepared for the coming of Jesus means that we believe in Him and are trusting in Him for the forgiveness of our sins. Is this something that you have already done? If not, what is keeping you from trusting Jesus today?
- What is one particular application you took away from this passage/message?
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