Sermon: Jesus as Judge
A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus Part 3
Jesus as Judge: Matthew 25:34-40
As we saw in Ephesians, God has prepared good works in advance for us to do. In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about the importance of serving the least of those among us as an act of worship to Him. We often forget the marginalized, the poor and the sick but they are very dear to the heart of Jesus. In fact, they are so dear to Him, he says how we treat them is a reflection of how we treat Him!
1. Read Matthew 25:34-40
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
2. Discussion Questions:
1. What thoughts of God does this passage create in your mind?
2. Does this passage inspire you to do anything?
3. Think back to the Ephesians sermon series. How does this passage in Matthew relate to Ephesians chapters 1 and 2?
4. How do even the smallest acts of kindness bring glory to God?
5. Why does this passage NOT say we are saved because we do good works for the poor, sick and needy?
Think through some ways that you and your group can glorify God by meeting the needs of those we would typically forget about. Then go meet those needs!
4. Commit to Memory: Matthew 7:17
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
5: Things to Know
• For more on this topic go HERE for a blog post written by our Groups Pastor Jon Wood.
• Mark your calendar for these upcoming Easter events:
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13th // 11am, Fondren Park
Good Friday Service
April 19th, 7pm
An evening of worship, prayer, and reflection
Childcare available for ages 5 and under
9:30am & 11am