Sermon Recap for September 3, 2017
Are we going to be found in eager anticipation of the wedding day?
Preparing for the Returning King
We are in a season of waiting for the return of Jesus. Our hearts must have a posture of eager anticipation if we are to prepare. Otherwise, we will not be faithful to do the things we need to do.
This week, Curtis taught from Matthew 25:1-13, which is The Parable of the Ten Virgins:
Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
The Meaning of the Parable
The custom of the day was that in a wedding ceremony, the young virgins would use their lamps to light the way. The five wise women brought extra oil, because they were uncertain of when the bridegroom would arrive. The foolish did not bring enough, so they had none when “life happened,” and the bridegroom, who represents Christ, was delayed. By the time they realized their error, it was too late. They could not join the celebration.
The wise were not being greedy by withholding their oil from the foolish. In the parable, the oil represents faith, and when it comes to the Kingdom of Heaven, you have just the amount of grace that is necessary for you. It cannot be given on behalf of someone else. They must bring their own.
We are the bride of Christ, but the wedding day hasn’t happened yet. We are here, on earth, engaged to be married to Christ in Heaven. The Lord is coming, and coming soon. We should remember this no matter where we are.
Jesus foretold of his death and his return, but God is the only one who knows when Christ will return. It is good that we do not bear the burden of the knowledge of the date of His return. We cannot control what happens around us, and we have to hold fast to our faith that God will do what he has promised. Even the best need more from Christ. The more grace you receive, the more you realize how much you need it directly from God.
Regardless of where you are in life, we would love for you to visit us at Omni. This is where we gather.
If you are not part of a Gathering Group, we strongly encourage you to sign up for one (sign-up sheets are at church on Sundays). As of now, our gathering groups meet throughout the week in Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville.
September 17 – Finger Foods and Floats Fellowship
September 24 – Baptism Sunday @ Omni Fellowship
October 29 – Cedar Hill Prayer Walk
October 29 – Joint Service at 10:30am with Omni Fellowship and First Baptist Church Cedar Hill