Parables

Matthew 25:14-30

Church Vision Statement 

We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and connection to a family who cares.

Main Point:

God gives us all abilities to be used for the Glory of His name. When He comes again may he find you faithful.

Read Matthew 25:14-30

14 “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. 16 Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 17 In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. 18 But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his [b]master’s money.

19 “Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

22 “Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

24 “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.25 And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’

26 “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival, I would have received my money back with interest. 28 Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’

29 “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Transformation Questions:

  • Have you ever considered the talents, money, and gifts that God has given you are to be used as an investment in His Kingdom and He expects a return on investment?
  • What would you do if you hired three investment bankers? The first and second made you money, but the third didn’t lose your money, but he did not make you money either. 
    • This question is setting them up for the next question. We are trying to lead them to think it is not unreasonable to fire someone for not taking care of their money. 
  • Why did the Master praise the two workers and curse the one who did not add to his talents? Do you feel like the Master was too harsh with the third servant?
    • When I read it, I feel like the Master is harsh, but I think I read it like that because I know that I am wasting the talents that He has given me. Because I know that I would from the question before not think myself harsh to fire my money manager who did not serve my interests and if not fire we would have to have some hard conversations. 
  • Do you find it difficult to recognize or believe that your gifts and talents can make a difference?
  • When you look at your life do you feel like you have gifts (talents) that would even be useful to the Master’s cause? 
  • What talents do you see in your group member’s lives that they may not see as skills or talents that they could use for the kingdom?
    • Lead-out by thoughtfully pointing out ways and encouraging people. I believe one of the biggest barriers to believers stepping into their calling is they do not see how they could add value to the kingdom. 
  • What are your favorite ways that God has used you for His kingdom?
    • This could be like going on a mission trip, helping with Vacation Bible School, teaching a class, working at Give a Kid a Chance, or being a sponsor at a youth event. You might have to start them off thinking of how they have been used in the past. 
  • What are your biggest barriers in investing the gifts (talents) that God has given you? 
  • What do you need to do to remove these barriers? 
  • If you dreamed up the perfect use of the talents God has given you, what would you do?
  • Do you feel like the Master is getting a good return on investment in your life?