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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.

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?

The Choice To Do What God Asks

There are two interesting rules of story-telling that sometimes go together.

One is the

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that God does not accept weak explanations in place of service to Him.

There are two interesting rules of story-telling that sometimes go together.

"wicked And Lazy" Or "good And Faithful"

Jesus tells a parable about an owner who had three men working for him.

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize that to be faithful is not an easy calling.

Jesus tells a parable about an owner who had three men working for him.

Did The Wicked And Lazy Employee Have Reason To Fear?

In the parable, whom does the master represent, and whom does the servant represent?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how fear and devotion may be the opposites.

In Matthew 25:24-28, Jesus pictures a man who buried a large amount of money rather than invest it, and who says that he did this because he feared his master.

Fear Keeps Us From Wrong; Love Takes Risk

In Matthew 25:24-28, Jesus pictures a man who buried a large amount of money rather than invest it, and who says that he did this because he feared his master.

In the parable, whom does the master represent, and whom does the servant represent?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how fear and devotion may be the opposites.

In Matthew 25:24-28, Jesus pictures a man who buried a large amount of money rather than invest it, and who says that he did this because he feared his master.

Acts Of Kindness In Everyday Life

We tend to think of religion as something Christians do on Sunday.

Jesus says that it's worked out in the Monday-to-Friday world.

How would this look in our Monday-to-Friday world?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see that what Jesus is talking about in the judgment of the future is worked out in the compassion of the present.

We tend to think of religion as something Christians do on Sunday.

Church Leaders Displaying The Fruit Of The Spirit

As a teacher, how would you measure whether you are accomplishing anything by your teaching?

How would you evaluate the depth and maturity of a Christian who wanted to be your pastor?

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate that apart from the Holy Spirit, God's standards mock us.

As a teacher, how would you measure whether you are accomplishing anything by your teaching?

A Look At The Life Of A Wealthy Man Who Turned His Back On Riches For A Great Calling

Whether God calls you to a distant mission field, or right next door, you can be sure the reward is great for those who relinquish everything to follow Him!

A Biblical Definition Of Service And How It Applies To All Our Relationships, Especially Those In The Home

It can seem humbling to serve others—you sometimes feel like a servant. Serving almost implies that the other person has control over you and your actions. But the Bible is clear that Christians serve.

Men And Women Who Sacrificed Everything To Follow Christ

Remembering those brave souls who trusted God in the face of great persecution.

Discover The Cost And Rewards Of A Life Of Service To God

Every commitment we make bears a price tag, and for the follower of God there’s no exception.

The Sacred Celebration Of Communion

If you grew up in a church that celebrates communion, you know how meaningful it is to remember our Savior’s sacrifice. Let's reflect on this sacred celebration that's at the core of our faith.