- Spirit Song
- ME: ORIENTATION: FIND COMMON GROUND WITH THE AUDIENCEName one thing you are good at?Name one thing you are bad at?WE: IDENTIFICATION (MAKE IT CLEAR THAT YOU STRUGGLE)Some of the struggles in the church have to do with how we live out are life in this world.To think that we can pass this off to the next generation to deal with… I am not sure this works.How faithful are we to God?Cultural priorities dictated by society, schools, sports and wanting are children to have a chance in this world.We are ruled by many things but possibly not by God?How faithful are we to God?As Jesus talks about faithfulness he defines it this parable. Maybe we can learn to be more faithful.Let’s see if we can gain some help for our journey.GOD: ILLUMINATION (THE GOAL IS TO RESOLVE THE TENSIONI. Work for us in the journey 14-15
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went awayA. Jesus is on a journey and he has given the church responsibilities.1. here it emphasizes that wise and conscientious use of one’s God-given abilities is a responsibility that accompanies a right relationship with God.2. Ability:
δύναμις (dynamis). n. fem. power, demonstration of power; display of divine, supernatural ability. The core idea of this term is the ability to do something.Dynamis is also used to indicate the power of human abilities (Matt 25:15Entrusted:παραδίδωμι (paradidōmi). vb. to hand over, entrust, commit. To entrust teaching, doctrine, or tradition to someone.This word literally means “to hand over.” It often has negative connotations of handing someone over to authorities or punishment (e.g., Matt 20:19). However, it can also have positive connotations of handing something over to someone for safekeeping—i.e., entrusting something to someone. It appears in this sense in the parable of the Talents: The master handed over (paradidōmi) his property to his servants (Matt 25:14).Jesus knew they had the abiltyB. Who was he talking too?There can be little doubt that he stands for the scribes and the Pharisees, and for their attitude to the law and the truth of God. The useless servant buried his talent in the ground, in order that he might hand it back to his master exactly as it was. The whole aim of the scribes and Pharisees was to keep the law exactly as it was. In their own phrase, they sought ‘to build a fence around the law’. Any change, any development, any alteration, anything new was to them anathema. Their method involved the paralysis of religious trutha. He was talking to the Jews and how they were living out their faith.b. He is accusing them of not being faithfulII. Faithfulness
20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your masterA. Define faithfulnessFaithful (20,23)πιστός, ή, όν (πείθω; Hom.+).① pertaining to being worthy of belief or trust, trustworthy, faithful, dependable, inspiring trust/faith, pass. aspect of πιστεύω (Hom.+).πιστός (pistos). adj. trustworthy, faithful; trusting, believing. Describes a person or thing as characterized by trustworthiness or belief.The adjective πιστός (pistos) occurs 67 times in the nt and is used to describe the quality that elicits belief or trust, whether of a person (Matt 25:21;B. Show the rewards for faithfulness.He reward people according to them using their natural abilities for God.Being faithful in this way.The first two servants are true disciples; the third is not. A person’s faithfulness is evidence as to whether he or she is truly one of Jesus’ own23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your masterWith the blessing of service comes greater blessing.Both found their opportunities doubled. It is not the quantity of talents that matters: it is how we use them. If we deploy them responsibly, we have the Master’s commendation and his renewed and enlarged commission. It is those who will not try who are condemned.Green, M. (2001). The message of Matthew: the kingdom of heaven (p. 262). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.C. Rewards for unfaithfulness
24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.A. Bad attitude of the heart* Hard man reaping where you did not sowYou gathered where you didn’t plant seedI was afraid, so I hide my ability and your talentsB. Jesus questions the relationship
29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’a. From the first two slaves, one deduces that trustworthiness leads to even greater blessing, but the third slave demonstrates a lack of trustworthiness that leads to removal of the original blessing.There is no excuse for inactivity, since it arises out of fear and sloth (Prov. 6:6–9), neither of which is compatible with discipleship.Followers of Jesus have been equipped to serve him and are obligated to use their gifts to extend God’s reignTurner, D. L. (2008). Matthew (p. 602). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.III. Several Take AwaysHow faithful are we to God?A. Serving God is not optionalB. Living for Christ above all things, is the cost of discipleship.C. Living this way has an influence on others, including our children.D. If we are not living for Christ, do we truly know him.YOU: APPLICATION (TELL PEOPLE WHAT TO DO AND WHAT THEY HAVE HEARD)Conclusion:
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