Using Your Talents Ė Lesson Notes/Study Sheet
Introduction: Mat. 24
†† *Destruction of Jerusalem and signs preceding it; Mat. 24:3-35.
†† *Second coming and the destruction of the world; Mat. 24:36-44.
†† * Parables explain how we should act while waiting for His return.
†† * Parable of the Wicked Servant Mat. 24:45-51.
†† †† - The wicked servant was lost for his own sinful conduct.
†† * The Ten Virgins (Mat. 25:1-13)
††††† - 5 wise virgins and 5 foolish virgins .The wise made preparations for the bridegrooms coming.
††††† - Foolish didnít prepare properly. When bridegroom came, they had to go in search of oil.
†† * The Parable of the Talents (Mat. 25:14-30)
††††† - Jesus had taught to watch and pray for His return.† We must be busy in the Masterís service.
1. The Parable.
††† * Kingdom belongs to God but Christ rules over it. Acts 2:22-36, I Cor. 15:25-27
††† * Christians are not waiting for a kingdom (I The. 4:13-18; Eph. 5:27).
††† * The householder.
†††††† - Traveling to far country. Went to heaven to sit at Godís right hand and reign. Acts 2:21-36
†††††† - Eph. 4:8-10 -
††† * He delivered them his goods.
†††††† - This is the principle of stewardship. God owns everything (Psa. 24:1; 50:10-11).
††† * We will give account† - Rom. 14:12; II Cor. 5:10
2. The Distribution of the Talents.
††† * He gives according to their abilities. (I Cor. 12:18). Abilities can be increased (Rom. 12:6-8).
††† * We have received generously, we must give generously (Mat. 10:8).
††† * Talent - unit of measure or weight - substantial amount. In parable, also represents abilities.
††† * The servants represent members of the church & every member has some ability.
††† * The master didnít place more responsibility on them than they could bear.
††† * He did not expect the same result from each one. Both received the approval of the master.
3. The Use Each Servant Made of His Talent.
††† * The Five Talent Man
††† * The Two Talent Man.
††† * The One Talent Man.
4. The Day of Accounting.
††† * Christ will come again.
††† * Then the judgment.
††† * When the master returnedÖ
5. Lessons Learned.
††† * God will not hold us accountable for what we do not have, only what we do have.
††† * It is not what you would do if you had such and such. Itís what are youíre doing with what you have.
††† * Before we are given greater talent or responsibility, we must first prove that we are faithful with what we now have.
††† * There is only one spiritual kingdom created by God (Matt. 16:18).
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