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His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matthew 25: 23

Burying Stewardship Complacency (10/29/2017)

Will You Use Your Capacity for More?

Read Matthew 25:29-30

“For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.  And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness.  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Conversation Questions

  • Define the word “capacity”.
  • What is the “capacity for more”?  Do you feel you and our church have it?
  • Do you feel that the act of complacency can be elevated or progress to the sin of complacency in a person’s life?  If so, give an example of how complacency can be a sin?
  • When you hear the phrase “Stewardship complacency”, what comes to your mind?
  • Has complacency ever prevented you from cheerfully giving your best back to God?
  • Are you and our congregation using the “goods” God has entrusted to you to the best of your collective abilities?  To what extent is our congregation’s “Capacity for More” being utilized?
  • Can you think of any other biblical examples where the act of complacency eventually caused someone to give God less than his or her best, or even to sin?

 

journey21

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matthew 25: 23

A Call to Accountability (10/22/2017)

Are You Hiding Your Blessings?

Read Matthew 25:24-28

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.  Look, there you have what is yours.’
But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.  So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.  Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.’”

Conversation Questions

  • Was the lord a “hard” man, in your opinion?  What constitutes a person being “hard”?  Why do you think the servant called his lord “hard”?  Do you feel that he really feared the lord, had a chip on his shoulder, was lazy, or all three?
  • Do you feel that people in our church hide blessings from time to time in any areas of ministry?  If so, what are some reasons they might do that?
  • As consequence for inaction, can people (or groups) lose blessings if they are not faithful with them?
  • Do you feel that the act of presumption can be elevated or progress to the sin of presumption?  If so, give an example of how presumption can be a sin.
  • Can you think of any other biblical examples where the act of presumption eventually caused someone to give God less than his or her best or even to sin?

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His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matthew 25: 23

Using Your Abilities (10/15/2017)

Will You Be a Fruitful Steward?

Read Matthew 25:16-23

“Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.  And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.  But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.  After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.”

“’So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, “Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.”  His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your lord.”  He also who had received two talents came and said, “Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.”  His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your lord.”””

Conversation Questions

  • Have you ever been with family or friends and dreamed of what you might do with the money if you were given a million dollars of if you won the lottery?  What would you do if you were given $480,000 right now? ($480,000 is an estimate of what one talent would be worth in today’s dollars.)
  • What are some of the different ways the servants could have responded when the lord gave them the talents?  What does this say about their personalities and character?  (Continue to back of page)
  • What does it look like to be faithful with our blessings?  Are you being faithful?  Is our congregation being faithful with its collective blessings?
  • Do you feel that the act of evasion can be elevated or progress to the sin of evasion in a person’s life?
Last Published: October 23, 2017 1:16 PM
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