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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.

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?

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?

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?

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.

"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.

Characteristics Of A Healthy Spiritual Life

If I were to ask you, what does a healthy person do, or what does a healthy person look like, what would you say?

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize that the righteousness that glorifies God is not performance, but a product of inner life.

If I were to ask you, what does a healthy person do, or what does a healthy person look like, what would you say?

Mark's Perspective Of The Christmas Story

Has it ever struck you that in singing our Christmas carols, we get no carols based on what Mark wrote? Why is that?

Why did Mark choose not to tell us anything about Jesus' birth?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand why Mark doesn't focus on Jesus' birth.

Has it ever struck you that in singing our Christmas carols, we get no carols based on what Mark wrote? Why is that?

The 10th Commandment Gives A Clue To Why We Break The Other Nine

If you were to think of Christians on a scale of 1 to 10, how do you think they would rank themselves in terms of keeping the Ten Commandments?

PURPOSE: To help listeners glimpse what covetousness is in their lives.

If you were to think of Christians on a scale of 1 to 10, how do you think they would rank themselves in terms of keeping the Ten Commandments?

Walking In The Spirit

Consider a word picture of walking in the Spirit. What does that mental image imply and how does it affect the way we live? Discover an important part of our study of the fruit of the Spirit.

Telling God Your Doubts And Being Willing To Hear Him Out

Are there people in history that you would like to have over for dinner?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that when God does not immediately resolve our conflicts and our question, it does not mean that He is not at work.

Are there people in history that you would like to have over for dinner?

The Foundation To Living By Faith

God's command, so that what is seen is not made out of what was visible.

Children are often curious about sex and ask questions about where they came from. Why?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see the implications of believing that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen is not made out of what was visible.

Children are often curious about sex and ask questions about where they came from. Why?

Basic Beliefs About God Determine Our Actions

Let's talk about God today. He's a great subject, isn't He? Do you think that announcement will grab a lot of listeners by the ears and get them to listen?