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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.

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.

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?

Context--understanding The Parable Of The Talents By Looking At The Next Story Jesus Told

Have you ever told a joke to someone and then had to explain the punch line? What happens to a joke we have to explain?

We may do that with some of the stories Jesus told.

PURPOSE: To help listeners explore the application of this idea in their lives.

Have you ever told a joke to someone and then had to explain the punch line? What happens to a joke we have to explain?

Who Jesus Told The Parable Of The Talents To And How They Responded To Opportunity

Do you think that religion is always good?

Do you think that religion that is orthodox is always good?

In some ways religion can be dangerous and damaging.

PURPOSE: To help listeners explore the application of this idea in their lives.

Do you think that religion is always good?

The Attitudes Of Those Who Heard Jesus' Parable About The Talents

Do you think that religion is always good?

Do you think that religion that is orthodox is always good?

PURPOSE: To help listeners explore the application of this idea in their lives.

Do you think that religion is always good?

Avoiding The Opportunities God Gives Us To Serve Him

Do you think that religion is always good?

Do you think that religion that is orthodox is always good?

In some ways religion can be dangerous and damaging.

PURPOSE: To help listeners explore the application of this idea in their lives.

Do you think that religion is always good?

Ability And Opportunity

Have people ever given you credit for living from the inside-out, when in reality you felt you were living from the outside-in?

PURPOSE: To have listeners consider how big decisions make many other decisions for them.

Have people ever given you credit for living from the inside-out, when in reality you felt you were living from the outside-in?

Talents, Rewards, And Judgement Day

Do you think Billy Graham or Mother Teresa will be in a different line from a worker in a crusade or a sister in a hospital?

PURPOSE: To have listeners determine to be faithful with what God has given them.

When you think about Judgment Day, what do you think of?

What It Is About Faithfulness That Matters To God

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables.

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how they can be "good and faithful."

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables.

Tough Questions About Being A "good And Faithful Servant"

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how they can be "good and faithful."

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables.

What Makes Someone Faithful--actions Or Motives?

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how they can be "good and faithful."

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables.