The Olivet Discourse (part 6) ‘The parable of the 10 bridesmaids’ (Matthew 25:1-13)

Although we move on in the text and now come to Matthew 25:1-13, the first of three parables Jesus told in this chapter, the topoic is still the same. Jesus has been emphasising the need to be be prapared for his coming and he does this again in this parable concerning the wise and foolish bridesmaids. All were give the same opportunity and no doubt inctrustions, but only 5 of the 10 were prepared for the bridegrrom’s delay. The others were not and so suffered the consequences. As God’s people we have to give attention to those things that make us ‘sleepy’ as we wait for our Bridegroom to come and ensure that we don’t fall into the category of ‘foolish’.


00:00 Welcome
Song: All Creatures of Our God and King
00:18 Introduction
00:44 Prayer
04:36 Bible reading: Matthew 7:7-23
Song: 10,000 Reasons
06:51 Kids’ Talk
Song: Everybody Get Ready
10:43 Bible reading: Matthew 25:1-13
Song: Grace Unmeasured
Sermon: Matthew 25:1-13
Song: Rejoice, Rejoice Believers
12:19 Closing


  • Where we are in Matthew 25
  • A chapter of parables
  • The need for preparation underlined…
  • See how Jesus speaks about…
  1. The task of these bridesmaids (v.1-4)
  2. The care and carelessness of these bridesmaids (v.5-10)
  3. The consequences for these bridesmaids (v.11-13)

Two things that could make you sleepy…
How to be ‘wise’ as you wait…