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Series Title: Lent 2022 – Build a Better Life!
Sermon Title: Your Unlimited Source
Guiding Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30 (Parable of the Talents)
“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents.
So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless servant, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'”
Spiritual Tool: Giving and Stewardship represented by the Screwdriver
Stewardship is the understanding that because God has total ownership of everything, you are to be careful how you handle the resources that God has entrusted into your care. You must be a good manager (steward) of the resources that God has given to you. Being a good steward of your time, talents, and treasure (money) means tithing your time, talent, and treasure.
Who is the landlord?
YOU, SPIRITUAL BEING. YOU!
You are one with the one. You’ve been endowed with all the qualities, gifts and attributes of God.
Who is the servant?
Your THOUGHTS and FEELINGS.
Add to that Your WORDS, ACTIONS & REACTIONS
What are the talents?
Spiritual gifts–life, love, Truth, substance, intelligence, faith, power, judgment, will, in fact, every inherent attribute of man’s being–have their roots in God.
Father, I thank you because:
Who I AM, you made me.
What I have, you gave me.
What I know you taught me.
Where I AM you brought me.
Thank you, God.
RECOGNIZE GOD AS YOUR SOURCE.
THIS THE ACT OF TITHING.
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