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Advent #2 2017: Prepare

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Living with Oil

Second parable: Thief comes early
Third Parable: Thief comes late
Can’t share the oil because you can’t ride faith from the coat tails of your parents.
And once Jesus returns, it is too late.
Importance of enduring.
Looking for fulfillment elsewhere, only to find you missed the boat.
“The decision to be a Christian, but not too much.” Bruner
The bridegroom was late. That’s a problem. They had assumed they had brought enough oil because that’s what was normal.
Just have a lamp and you’ll have enough.
A version of Christianity that criticizes education, preparation and church liturgy. ‘Churchianity’ ‘rites and ceremonies’- these aren’t stressed as important because they are externals. “Once saved, always saves”; the lamp with it oil is life- forget any reserve oil.” Bruner 545
‘Churchianity’ ‘rites and ceremonies’
Calvin: Christianity is more than initial or enthusiastic experiences.
Calvin: “There is great ingenuity over the lanterns, the vessels, the oil: the plain and natural answer is that keen enthusiasm for a short term is not enough unless accompanied by long unwearying effort… The parable turns on the fact that the duty was not satisfied by the initial girding up and preparation unless it was continued to the end.”
They ‘came as they were’ and both were left out of the party.
The cross is a fructifying Tree.
“Christians who aren’t Christians.”
‘The readies’= The ready ones.
How many times is Lord, Lord in Matthew

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Household fidelity
Vocation fidelity
Problem with ‘come as you are’! You need to leave a different person!
“The severity, after judgement, is as great as His mercy was unspeakable before.”
Bring with you some extra endurance!
This virgins already had their invitation. They’ve already experienced conversion. “What the big deal?”
The fallacy of Responsible Freedom
Wednesday if virgin. Thursday if widow
Groom goes to brides house to pay for her. He brings her home. Processional!
Some of them were more stupid than others.
It was stupid for them to think they had enough oil. They took oil in flasks.
When the bridegroom came: “This probably entailed putting more oil on the oily rags to make sure that the torch would burn steadily and give out its maximum light.”
This probably entailed putting more oil on the oily rags to make sure that the torch would burn steadily and give out its maximum light.
Think of a modern day example of something embarrassing at a wedding. First dance, crazy song?
The Ten Smart girls tell them where to go for oil. There may still be time to get oil! Run to the place where you can buy some.
Flintstones: Wilma!!!
Endurance to the end
We endure doing things that will often give us glory. Bruce King
How to endure with out idolatry
Sermon Outline:
Review
Last week we...
Jesus is coming back and we don’t know when
Body of Sermon:
Setting the Scene
The fallacy of Responsible Freedom
The fallacy of Responsible Freedom
Light= Lamp!
Light= Lamp!
Wednesday if virgin. Thursday if widow
Wednesday if virgin. Thursday if widow
Groom goes to brides house to pay for her. He brings her home. Processional!
Groom goes to brides house to pay for her. He brings her home. Processional!
Some of them were more stupid than others.
Some of them were more stupid than others.
It was stupid for them to think they had enough oil. They took oil in flasks.
It was stupid for them to think they had enough oil. They took oil in flasks.
Ten Virgins: Only virgins can be in the wedding party
Process of wedding processionals
There whole purpose was to shine light!
What can be done that would be stupid at a wedding
What made them moronic?
Didn’t bring extra oil. There purpose was to shine a light for when the bridegroom came.
Purpose was to glow for the Bridegroom. That’s it!
The Bridegroom came late!
First parable: Thief comes when you least expect it.
Second parable: Thief comes early
Third Parable: Thief comes late
4.
So they went to sleep!
They here the warning and scramble to get oil
Some think this could refer to death
I also think Jesus could be referring to the mundane.
They here the warning and scramble to get oil
Can’t share the oil because you can’t ride faith from the coat tails of your parents.
Can’t share the oil because you can’t ride faith from the coat tails of your parents.
4. Can’t share the oil because you can’t ride faith from the coat tails of your parents.
And once Jesus returns, it is too late.
Bridegroom happens and it’s a big party!
But the 5 Stupid virgins are outside. They went looking for their purpose too late!
“The foolish bridesmaids in our parable think their having accepted the invitation to the wedding party guarantees their participation in it.” Bruner
“The foolish bridesmaids in our parable think their having accepted the invitation to the wedding party guarantees their participation in it.” Bruner
And once Jesus returns, it is too late.
Endurance: Bruce. If I did that, I would have died.
Clinging to Jesus helps us Fructify
Endurance
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