The Parable Of The Laborers In The Vineyard

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager



I. Introduction:

A. We are expected to be workers (Titus 3:8).

1. We are taught to expect a reward for our labors (Matthew 16:27 and I Corinthians 3:8).

2. We can be thankful that God is not going to forget our labors (Hebrews 6:10).

B. We should not approach our reward with a carnal mindset (Romans 3:20-24).

1. There is not some special reward for certain people (Matthew 20:20-29).

2. The promise we labor for is eternal life (I John 5:11 an Jude 21).


II. Body: Working With An Understanding Of The Terms (Matthew 20:1-16).

A. “For the kingdom” (Matthew 20:1) shows us that Jesus is teaching based on something He just finished up (Matthew 19:16-30).  *Matthew 19:30; 20:16 confirm the connection too.

1. The entire context teaches that you give up things and work for the Lord to receive a reward (Matthew 16:24-27 and Mark 10:29-30).

2. However, there will be no respect of persons in the Judgment (Romans 2:1-11 and I Peter 1:17).

3. Whether it was the Apostles or the least of all saints, we’ve all agreed to labor for the same terms (I Timothy 4:8).

B. Understand that the time for the call to work will end (John 9:4).

1. You don’t have forever to decide to be a worker in the kingdom (Mark 13:33-37).

2. Therefore, use your time wisely (Ephesians 5:14-17 and I Thessalonians 5:6).

C. Also, understand that we should never feel as though we have the right to complain (Luke 17:7-10).

1. How could you think you could debate with God (Job 33:13 and Romans 9:20)?

2. The Apostle Paul understood his place (I Corinthians 15:9-10).

D. Many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:1-14).

1. God, through the Gospel (II Thessalonians 2:14), has called everyone (Mark 16:15-16 and Colossians 1:23).

2. Few accept the call (Luke 13:23-24) to be amongst God’s chosen (I Peter 2:9).


III. Conclusion: Live your life so that you don’t lose out on the reward for your labors (II John 8).




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© 2013 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain.  Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  – Brian A. Yeager