The anticipation of future glories is one way to get through current difficulties. This sermon encourages that anticipation in spite of a lack of current difficulties.
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The Missing Piece
1.0 General points
1.1 Look for the __________ point. Step back and look at the whole parable.
1.2 In general, don’t use _________________ Exegesis vs eisegesis.
1.3 Cannot use details of the parables to prove or disprove ___________________
1.4 __________ study vs _______________ study
1.5.1 _____________________ Context – understanding the culture in which the text was written.
1.5.2 ____________________ Context. Matthew 24-25
2.0 Parable of the Bridesmaids
2.1 The kingdom of God
Jesus first message – “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15).
It was central to the message that Jesus and disciples preached- about the coming reign of God.
He commanded his disciples: Matt 10:7 – “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near’”
This would also be the mission of the Church – Matt 24:14 – “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come”
Preaching of early missionaries – Acts 8.12; 14.21; 19.8; 20.25; 28.23; 28.31.
What does Jesus say about the Kingdom of God?
The kingdom of god is something in the ____________ – it is still to come. “Your kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10).
But it is already _______________ – “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). Paradoxically, even though it has already arrived, it is still to come.
The coming and manifestation of the reign of God is seen with an overcoming of the reign of evil. Wherever Jesus overcomes evil, there the reign of God comes. It is seen especially in his healings and exorcisms (Luke 11:20; Matt. 12:28).
The character of the Kingdom/Reign of God is enabled by the _________ _________.
Rom. 14:17 “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”
What is the relationship of the church and the Kingdom of God?
The church is __________________ the overarching boundaries of the Kingdom of God.
What is the Kingdom of God?
A. It is a _________ that one receives. Luke 12:32, Luke 6:20, Mark 10:14
Or as something to be __________________ – Matthew 25:34, James 2.5, Matthew 5:5, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 15:50, Galatians 5:20, Ephesians 5:5.
B. It is a ______________ that one enters. Thus one is described as being _______ the Kingdom
Matt. 5:19; 25:21,23; 7:21; Col. 1:13; 2 Pet. 1:11
The Kingdom of God, then, is a _________ and a ____________________.
It is possible to reject that gift and to spurn that welcome, thus rejecting the reign of God. Guder, ed., Missional Church, 93-97.
2.2 The Eternal Perspective – Eagerness.
It is more an issue of intelligence than morality.
The result of an eternal perspective is _______________. “they that look for Him” (Heb 9:28), and “love His appearing” (2 Ti 4:8)
2.3 Delay – Patience. 25:5
They slumbered and slept.
The focus of this parable is the lack of __________________ of the foolish ones.
___________ ____________ Shows love for the Lord and trust in his power.
While we are waiting in Eager patience for the fulfillment of the ___________ of God, we need to be _______________.