How should the faithful and wise servant of Christ live in difficult times? The faithful and wise servant is prepared, productive, and practices love.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing about this message that you found particularly compelling, encouraging, challenging, or beneficial?
- Read and discuss Matthew 24:1-2, 45-51. What is the significance of Jesus’ question in Matthew 24:45?
- Read and discuss Matthew 25:1-13. What is the point of this parable? How is the faithful and wise servant to be prepared? Prepared for what? What is the difference between being equipped and being prepared?
- Read and discuss Matthew 25:12-30. What is the point of this parable? How is the faithful and wise servant to be productive? What has God given you to invest? What adjustments do you need to make in how you are stewarding the Master’s resources?
- Read and discuss Matthew 25:31-40. How is the faithful and wise servant to practice love? In what ways can we tend to “love at a distance”?
- How are times of upheaval and division fertile soil for the gospel? How are you stewarding these present days for the advancement of God’s kingdom?
- How does culture direct us to deal with upheaval, division and injustice? Where does this align with Scripture? Where does it deviate from Scripture? How can we know the difference?
- How have seen God multiply small acts of obedience for His glory in your life or others”? What small act of obedience might God be calling you to now?
- How should followers of Jesus be neither surprised nor complacent in the face of sin and injustice in the world around us? How does the gospel of Jesus compel and empower us to navigate this tension?
- Discuss this statement: “The sermon people will remember is the one preached with your life.” How have you observed or experienced this? What is the title of the sermon your life is preaching in this season?