Give Me Oil for My Lamp

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about the importance of living your own faith so that you are assured an everlasting relationship with Jesus. Based on Matthew 25:1-13.

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*Call to Worship
Today’s call to worship included bells and liturgical movement mixed with words from Psalm 33. It has not been reproduced here.

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we claim to know You, we claim to live a life pleasing to You, but just singing songs or reciting prayer does not create a saving relationship. We know You are fair and just, but do we rightly deserve Your mercy? We see You storing up blessings for us, and keeping us safe from harm, but do we truly carry Your oil, the source of Your light, in our hearts? Help us to be Yours, not just on the outside, not simply relying on the faith of others, but genuinely Yours, ready to lead others, ready to leave this world behind, ready to see you face to face…

*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus died to give forgiveness and grace to those who believe in Him. He grants mercy to all who burn for Him in their hearts.
Thanks be to God!

Matthew 25:1-13 (NRSV)

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.