This sermon was based on 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Divisions in the Church
10I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptised in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptised none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one may say that you were baptised in my name. 16(I did baptise also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptised anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptise but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
The Nobleman in the parable represents Jesus.
He has gone away to a ‘far country’ (Heaven) but he will return.
- He has authority over those who serve him, he has left them with instructions and given them all they need to accomplish those things. He is looking for faithfulness not success.
The Faithful Servants
- The Faithful servants knew the King. They are obedient to the Kings instructions to conduct business and be active in his absence. They display public loyalty in the presence of opposition.
- They remember and trust the Kings words regarding his return. They know their calling – to steward the Kings gifts and they recognise that increase is attributed to the Kings gift not their efforts.
- The good servants of Jesus Christ understand that all they’ve been given is given to them by God for God, and that they are to steward those gifts for His kingdom, for His glory, for the restoration of all things.
The Wicked Servants
- The wicked servant didn’t really know the King and his character. He saw him as an austere man and so was paralysed by fear. He thought that the gift belonged to him.
- H didn’t believe the words of the King, didn’t think he would return, didn’t think think he could pull off what he set out to do. So he assimilated into the culture that was created by the Kings absence and likely lived a life of ease and comfort – didn’t take any risks for the sake of the king. He was disloyal to the King’s instructions
- The wicked servant is a man or woman who is somehow connected to Jesus via the community of faith but does not know God and has no intention of submitting to His lordship at any level.