Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids – The Kingdom of God

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The Kingdom of God is unfolding as surely as a betrothal leads to a wedding, but it’s unfolding on God’s timeline, not ours. In this sermon on the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids, Abby asks what it means to have a sustainable faith and introduces four practices that can help us keep our lamps filled with oil.

Sermon Discussion Questions

Matthew 25:1–13 (Abby’s sermon, 9/22/19)

  • Reading the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids, what stands out to you, intrigues you, disturbs you, or surprises you?
  • The difference between the bridesmaids, Abby pointed out, is that wise had enough oil for the wedding to start whenever the bridegroom arrived, while the foolish only had enough for the wedding to start on their own timetable. Can you think of other examples in scripture or in your own life where the Kingdom of God “arrived” on God’s timeline, not yours or someone else’s?
  • Are there areas in your life where you are trying to hold God to your timeline rather than being open to his? What makes it hard for you to operate on God’s timeline? Can you see wisdom is trusting his timing?
  • How would you describe your faith in this moment and season of your life? Is it a strong flame burning brightly, a fragile flame that needs protection from the breeze, an ember, or a smoking wick that needs to be sparked into flame?
  • Abby introduced four practices she has found helpful in building a sustainable faith: praying scripture, silence, serving, and beauty. Which of these feels the most compelling to you? What questions do you have about that practice? Are there other practices you have found helpful when it comes to “filling your lamp”?