Icebreaker: What are you hoping to get for Christmas?
Purpose:The purpose of this lesson is to refocus our lives, and encourage us to prepare for the great future that God has for us.
Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ 7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’
13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return. (Matthew 25:1-13 NLT)
1. Preparation is a pre-requisite for any vision coming to pass.
Prepare: to make ready before-hand, for some purpose, use or activity
Q1- Why is a season of preparation necessary?
Q2- What is one thing God is asking you to do for 2018? How can you prepare for that?
Q3- How did Jesus prepare for ministry?
2. We can have a vision and still be unprepared.
"The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil." (Matthew 25:3-4)
Q4- Discuss how big vision brings big battles.
Q5- Why is preparation a tool in spiritual warfare?
Q6- Why is it foolish to go into new territory unprepared?
3. Lack of preparation will lead to future disqualification
Q7- How does a lack of preparation keep you stuck?
Q8- Is a lack of preparation a sign of unbelief?
Declaration:I believe that God has great things for my future. I believe that the power of the Holy Spirit is in me to accomplish everything that God has shown me! I will prepare for my future, knowing that God will promote me at the appointed time! I am determined to see the promises of God fulfilled in my life.
Application:If you haven't already, begin writing down your goals. Choose one of those goals, and write down some ways your can begin preparing now for that goal.