November 20, 2010

The Reward of Faithfulness

Recently, I had a challenging opportunity to compose a sermon for a class assignment and the requirement was to choose a chapter of the Bible and preach an exposition of the chapter within a 10-minute time limit. 

The passage I chose was Matthew 25 and it is 46 verses long.

This was quite a challenge since I have previously worked in passages that were 7-10 verses long.  Choosing this passage was more of a greater challenge to myself because I wanted to test my ability to summarize the chapter in an expository manner.

John MacArthur provides a great 2-minute overview of what it means to preach in an expository manner.  Just click here to listen to his explanation.

My expository skills are getting better with each new opportunity I receive and I am applying what I have learned and read from the various books regarding expository preaching too.

Chapter 25 of Matthew's Gospel contains three parables:
  • The Parable of the Wise & Foolish Virgins
  • The Parable of the Talents
  • The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
I admit that preaching an exposition of a chapter from the bible leaves out a lot of meat that can be fed to people and probably wouldn't choose to preach chapters on a regular basis in the future.  I hope that at least what you will see in this video will at least whet your appetite just a little bit, to study the chapter a little further for personal edification.

I received a passing grade for this assignment and had to prepare for a second preaching experience the following week, which I may put up here on my blog before Thanksgiving.

So, for now, here is a 10-minute expository overview of Matthew 25 and The Reward of Faithfulness.

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