Parable of the Unforgiving Servant – Highlights

(Matthew 18:21-35; 7/1/18; Pas. Baines, Jr.)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God’s people should have a forgiving spirit. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to work on being known for our forgiving spirit.

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Read Matthew 18:21-22

I. Posing a Problem.

 Applications –

- Unlimited forgiveness. Notice in vss. 21-22 that God calls for unlimited forgiveness. … Let’s work on forgiving others, as God instructs us to.

Read Matthew 18:23-35

II. Presenting a Parable.  

Applications –

- Listening and sharing. Notice in vss. 21-23 how Peter’s question led to Jesus’ parable. … Let’s work on listening to people and sharing God’s word in effective ways.


- Saved and forgiven. Notice in vss. 24-27 that the first servant had unpayable debt canceled because of the master’s mercy. ... Let’s make sure that we are saved/forgiven.

 - Being forgiven should lead to be forgiving. Notice in vss. 28-30 that the first servant was cruel to the second servant who owed him. … Let’s work on showing God that we appreciate His forgiving us, by forgiving others.

 - Prayer. Notice in vs. 31 that the fellow servants told their master, instead of trying to control their fellow servant. ... Let’s work on praying about things beyond our control.

 - The cost of unforgiveness. Notice in vss. 32-35 that the first servant’s unforgiving spirit costs him so much. … Let’s learn from the mistakes of the first unforgiving servant.

 Conclusion: Let’s work on developing a forgiving spirit. God has much for those who obey His will.

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