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WHAT DOES THE KING REQUIRE? SERMON SERIES | THEME: The Return of Christ & The Destiny of Believers

WHAT DOES THE KING REQUIRE?

SERMON 4/5 | 30 & 31 MAY 2020 | All Services

Rev Stanley Chua, Pastor-in-Charge

Scripture Passage: Matthew 25:14-30

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Summary | The theme of judgment runs throughout the 3 parables Jesus told His disciples in connection with His second coming. Warnings of judgment are recorded in the Bible so that we may take heed and avoid eternal condemnation.

In the Bible, the term talent refers to giftedness – natural, spiritual or material gifts which we may use to glorify God. Waiting for Christ’s return is not passive. We are to work faithfully and energetically to demonstrate our faith. In the parable of the talents, the faithful servants served well because they loved and wanted to please their Master. In contrast, the wicked servant did nothing because he hated and resented his Master.

The parable teaches us these lessons:

1. There is a coming Day of Judgment.

Even though on earth not all sin or evil deeds are judged nor all good deeds rewarded, there must be a day of reckoning as our Almighty God is a moral God who is both a God of love and a Judge. We will all have to stand before God this Day to give an account of ourselves (Rm 14:11,12).

The wicked servants are those who have a form of religion but not life of changing reality. Not everyone who calls Jesus Lord will enter His kingdom.

2. There is Judgment on works.

We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8,9) but our faith must be authenticated by works (James 2:14-17,Eph 2:10). We demonstrate our love and faith by our deeds.

The 3 servants are given unequal talents but each is judged according to what he does with what is given. We are not to compare or judge others as God judges us individually. A man reaps what he sows (Gal 6:7). Passivity is an offence to God who saved us. Hence, He calls the last servant wicked.

3. Our faithfulness to God is contingent on our view of God.

The wicked servant had a distorted or perverted view of his Master and used that to excuse himself for his performance. If his Master was hard as he had thought, he would not have been so generous as to give them so much wealth to handle (scholars believe one talent is a large amount).

What are your views of God? We may not be like the third servant but our views of God may be incomplete if we only think of God as love and compassion. God is love and also wrath for those who sin wilfully. We must have full counsel of God to respond rightly and avoid being lulled into a false sense of security.

There is no retirement from service to God as long as we have life and health permit.

What is God’s assessment of our life? We are called to choose Jesus, grow in His likeness and use our talent to serve Him.

(Sermon Notes by Woo Choi Yin)

PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  1. According to the speaker, what is biblical meaning of ‘talents?’
  2. What are the three lessons mentioned by the speaker on this parable?
  3. Do you agree with speaker that there is a general reticent amongst modern preachers to preach on subjects like judgment and hell? According to the speaker, why is it important to preach and teach on subjects like judgment?
  4. According to speaker, what is the relationship between faith and works? What is the role of works in a believer's life?
  5. According to the speaker, what is the relationship between our faithfulness and our view of God? What are the implications if we have a distorted or unbalanced view of God?
  6. What is the main point of the parable of the Talents? What is needed for believers to do as they await for the Lord’s return?
  7. What are the talents God has given to you? Which of these talents are you using and not using to serve His people and His wider kingdom purposes?
  8. What are 1-2 takeaways God is calling you to act on?

Sermons In This Series:

  1. Part 1 – The Return Of The King (Matthew 24:1-30) – 02/03 May 2020
  2. Part 2 – The Return Of The King (Matthew 24:31-51) – 09/10 May 2020
  3. Don’t Be Caught By Surprise! (Matthew 25:1-13) – 23/24 May 2020
  4. What Does The King Require? (Matthew 25:14-30) – 30/31 May 2020
  5. Who Is In & Who Is Out? (Matthew 25:31-46) – 06/07 Jun 2020