Grace Community Church

The Reality of Responsibility

Given on March 20, 2011 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46
NOTE: Audio for this sermon is not currently available.
Sermon Series: Hitting the Nail on the Head: The Powerful Parables of Jesus

How does our modern world respond to the concept of judgment after this life and concept of hell? In our culture we are not offended at the idea of a loving God who forgives (after all, isn’t that his job?) but we are often offended at the idea of just God who judges. In other cultures, justice and vengeance are more highly valued than forgiveness? What makes our culture’s view of God superior?

Miroslav Volf stated, after personally witnessing the atrocities of the civil war in former Yugoslavia, that he would find it hard to believe in a God that didn’t execute justice upon evil. How do God’s love and justice fit together? How do you think God should handle justice for those who die?

Is this parable of the sheep and the goats teaching that we are saved by our good works? If not, how do we reconcile this parable with Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:8&9? What role do good deeds play in a genuine believer’s life?

As you look at Ezek. 33:11, Matt 23:37, and II Peter 3:9, how is God affected when people reject him and his offer of forgiveness? According to this parable, how does God respond to those who accept him and love his followers?

“There are two types of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘Thy will be done.'” C.S. Lewis