Unmerciful Servant, Oct. 7-13

Scripture: Matthew 18:23-35
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Message Outline

The King’s compassionate forgiveness


The servant’s lack of mercy


The King’s painful judgment

The Point (Nimshal):

God will judge you if you don’t accept his

forgiveness demonstrated by forgiving others.


Group Discussion Questions

  1. Why is it so hard to accept God’s forgiveness? Why do people find it so hard to forgive others?
  2. How do you struggle with the two dimensions of forgiveness: Without using names, who have you found hard to forgive and why? How have you dealt with guilt over your own sin?
  3. How do you feel about the amazing mercy the compassionate King shows to the servant who owes him 10,000 bags of gold?
  4. ave you accepted God’s grace in Jesus Christ to forgive your sin? If you have, share the story of when you did this.
  5. Do you struggle with fully accepting God’s forgiveness of all your sin? How could Jesus’ story help you with your struggle?
  6. How have you been like the servant in refusing to forgive someone in your life who owes you or who hurt you?
  7. How do you feel about the King’s judgment on the unmerciful servant? What is the point Jesus is making about God’s judgment?
  8. What is the relationship between our forgiving others and God’s forgiveness of us?
  9. Who do you need to forgive? How can you do it?


Family Discussion Questions

5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9.

  1. As you read Matthew 18:23-35 what are your impressions of the parable? Who do you relate to in the story?
  2. Is it hard for you to ask for forgiveness? Why or why not? What about accepting God’s forgiveness?
  3. Are there people who are easier to forgive than others?
  4. Why do you think Jesus uses such a large amount of money in the story to show us how important it is to forgive one another?
  5. Read and memorize Matthew 6:9-13 together as a family. What is Jesus’ message to us in verse 12?
  6. What is the king’s judgment on the unmerciful servant? What is God telling us in this parable?
  7. Is there a sin you need to ask forgiveness for? Is there grace you need to extend to someone?


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