Archives: September 2004

Handling The Inevitable Delays In Life

We are to be RESPONSIBLE.

We are to be WISE.

We are to be DILIGENT

PURPOSE: To have listeners get involved in Christ's service because He has not returned and may not return for a while.

Have you had many delays in your travels? You look up at the flight schedule board in an airport and discover that your flight will be delayed indefinitely.

Understanding The Meaning Of "talents"

Have you ever been in a talent show? Where? What was it like? For some of us, it was always part of being at summer camp.

PURPOSE: To help listeners think about what Jesus means when He talks about "talents."

Have you ever been in a talent show? Where? What was it like? For some of us, it was always part of being at summer camp.

Making The Most Of What God Has Given You

What's the largest amount of money you have ever had in your hand at one time?

Suppose someone gave you a million dollars in large bills. What would you think about doing with it?

PURPOSE: To help listeners think about what Jesus means when He talks about talents.

What's the largest amount of money you have ever had in your hand at one time?

Wasted Opportunities

The use of God’s gifts is not an option but an obligation.

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that the use of God’s gifts is not an option but an obligation.

We may read about a lonely recluse who died and his body was found in a shack filled with garbage and clutter. Used paper pizza trays are stacked in the kitchen and newspapers are stacked in the living room. Only some old cats kept him company. Then, after his death, the police find a very large sum of money stashed in the closet or buried under the floor boards of the house or stuffed in a mattress.

What Was Jesus Trying To Say In The Parable Of The Talents?

What does Jesus mean by a "talent"?

PURPOSE: To have listeners understand that application has to be carefully thought out.

Sometimes when we study the Bible, the most obvious questions appear to be the most difficult to answer.

What The Parable Of The Talents Means To Us

Sometimes when we study the Bible, the most obvious questions appear to be the most difficult to answer

PURPOSE: To have listeners understand that application has to be carefully thought out.

Sometimes when we study the Bible, the most obvious questions appear to be the most difficult to answer.

What Jesus Had In Mind When He Talked About "talents"

Some say that our talents are the spiritual gifts that God gives Christians that we are to use for His kingdom. This reads or implies something from another book of the Bible into Matthew’s gospel.

Others say that talents represent the money that God has given us to use for Him

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize that talents are given to them to use.

Yesterday we were trying to figure out what Jesus had in mind when He talked about "talents" in His story in Matthew 25:14-18.

What The Talents In Jesus' Parable Represent

In Matthew 25:14-18, Jesus talks about "talents."

PURPOSE: To have listeners understand the great value of opportunities in our lives.

When you’re reading a mystery, aside from enjoying the story, what are you trying to do?

The Right Perspective On The Parable Of The Talents

Relationship between their abilities and their opportunities.

PURPOSE: To help listeners think about the relationship between their abilities and their opportunities.

I. The talents in the parable refer to the opportunities that God gives us to use our natural abilities for the sake of Christ.

The Difference Between Abilities And Opportunities

God holds us responsible for those opportunities that, with our abilities, we can use for His benefit

PURPOSE: To help listeners think about the relationship between their abilities and their opportunities.

I. The talents in the parable refer to the opportunities that God gives us to use our natural abilities for the sake of Christ.

"15 Minutes Of Fame" Opportunities God Gives

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

We are given the opportunities to invest and use our natural abilities, not for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ.

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize and apply how opportunities work out their commitment.

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

When Opportunity Knocks--big Or Little

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

We are given the opportunities to invest and use our natural abilities, not for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ.

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize and apply how opportunities work out their commitment.

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

Being Ready For Christ's Return And Using The Opportunities He Gives

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

We are given the opportunities to invest and use our natural abilities, not for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ.

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize and apply how opportunities work out their commitment.

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

Investing Your Life

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

We are given the opportunities to invest and use our natural abilities, not for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ.

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize and apply how opportunities work out their commitment.

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?