Dr. Oscar T. Moses
MHMBC W.A.R. Bible Study
Tuesday, May 3, 2018
Get Busy – Time Is Winding Up
This lesson is designed to teach the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago how God holds us accountable for taking care of His business.
Big Thought: Imagine Yourself Standing Before God To Give An Account At The End.
Jesus dealt with “the end” in His preaching. He preached short ordinary simple stories that explained the extraordinary nature of God. Matthew 25 entails three apocalyptic parables. The 10 Virgins,the 3 Stewardsand the Kings Final Return. Each parable points to “the end”, the return of Jesus, the status of our lives when He returns and finally, our reward or our regret.
Jesus gave these parables because of two questions His disciples asked on the Mount of Olivet in Matthew 24:3– “What wil be the sign of your coming and when will the end of the world come?” Jesus described the signs of His return but He does not reveal when He shall return. In Matthew 24:14 (KJV) Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Preaching the gospel has a great part in speeding up that day.
The Parable of the 3 Stewards
Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to a wealthy man going on a long journey. He called three servants before him and gave each of them a responsibility. The first he gave five thousand dollars, the second two thousand and the third one thousand, according to the abilities that each one possessed and then he left far a long journey. Immediately, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second servant did likewise. However, the third man with the single thousand dug a hole and buried deeply his master’s money.
One day the master returned, unannounced, unexpected, and to their unawareness, to settled his accounts. The man with five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. The master said, “Well done! You did your job well. From now on you will be my partner.” The man with two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. The master said, “Well done! You did your job well. From now on you will be my partner.” Then here comes the third man. He immediately started making excuses: “Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. The master said, “Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: you should have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.nFor unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Thought #1 – A Relationship With The Master Is Everything – Your relationship with God will determine how you handle what he gives you.
- How does this statement apply to the parable?
- What is a steward? ( 1 Corinthians 4:2)
- How does James 4:8 apply here?
Thought #2 – The Master Only Gives Us What We Can Handle –
- Does everyone have a gift? (1 Corinthians 12:7)
- How does Romans 12:6 apply here?
Thought #3 – Don’t Bury What God Has Designed To Bless You –
- How does God use your gift to your advantage? (Colossians 3:23-24)
- How does God use your gifts to bless others? (1 Peter 4:10)
- How would the third servants gift been a blessing to him at the end?
- Why does God expect us to enhance the gifts He has given? (1 Corinthians 4:2)
Thought #4 – Life Has End-Time Expectations & Excuses Are Not Acceptable:
- How does Ephesians 5:16apply to this parable?
- What does God expect from the church? Name 3 Things:
- What should the world expect from the Church? Name 3 Things:
- What should the next generation expect from you? Name 3 Things:
- What does God expect from you personally? Name 3 Things:
- What should the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church expect from you? Name 3 Things:
Final Thought: Each generation is straying further away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are living in a time that many people consider the “Post Christian” era. If we fail to share our faith with the next generation God will use a church that will. God never changes His plans. The Church Will Win! But He does change partners.
Action Steps– Explain each point.
- Get Closer to The Master – James 4:8
- Work with What You Got. – John 9:4
- Stop Looking at Everybody Else – Do What You Were Told to Do – Galatians 6:4-6
- Make The Best of Your Time – Ephesians 5:16
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