This week's message
November 11, 2018                                                
Many thanks to Pastor Dennis Cariker
for bringing God's word to Heartland this morning.
Dennis spoke on
"Are You a Sheep or a Goat?”
 
 
Listen
 
Matthew 13 (NLT)
 
   10 His disciples came and asked him,
“Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”
 
11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven,
but others are not.

 
12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given,
and they will have an abundance of knowledge.
But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding
they have will be taken away from them.
 
13 That is why I use these parables,
For they look, but they don’t really see.
    They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.

 
 
 
3 parables about being prepared for Jesus return
as the Judge of all men.


Point: Be prepared! Be ready!
 
1st parable—10 maidens  5 wise, 5 foolish
 
 
 

 
Matthew 25 (NLT)
 
“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids
who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
 
The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps,
but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil.
When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming!
 Come out and meet him!’
 
“All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps.
Then the five foolish ones asked the others,
‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’
“But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us.
Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’
 
10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came.
Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast,
and the door was locked.
11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned,
they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’
 
12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’
13 “So you, too, must keep watch!
For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
 

 
 
 
2nd parable—The Three Servants
 

 
Matthew 25 (NLT)
14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated
by the story of a man going on a long trip.
He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.
15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another,

and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities.
He then left on his trip.
 
16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver
began to invest the money and earned five more.
17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.
18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver
dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
 
19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip
and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.
20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver
came forward with five more and said,
‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’
21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful in handling this small amount,
so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
 
 
22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said,
‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’
23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful in handling this small amount,
so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
 
24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said,
‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man,
harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate.
 
25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth.
Look, here is your money back.’
26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant!
If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,
27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank?

At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
 
28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant,
and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.
 
29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given,
and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing,
even what little they have will be taken away.
 
30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
 
 
What does it look in action?
To invest your life-your talents, in the Kingdom?



So, Jesus tells the 3rd parable to get to the meat of what it means to be a Christ follower.

Is it more than believing the right things and obeying some moral laws?
 
 
3rd parable—The Sheep and the Goats



 Matthew 25 (NLT)
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.
 
32 All the nations will be gathered before him,
and he will separate the people one from another
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
 
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance,
the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
 
37 “Then the righteous will answer him,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in,
or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
 
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
 you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left,
‘Depart from me, you who are cursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
 
42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in,
I needed clothes and you did not clothe me,
I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
 
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
 
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you,
whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
 
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
 
 
Who are the least of these?
 

 
 
 
 
To be continued…..