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December 18, 2016

Stewardship (6). Managing Your Talent

Rev. Cheung concludes the series on Stewardship by studying the lessons we can learn from the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25.

He urges us to be faithful stewards of what God, the Master, has entrusted to us so that when it is time to settle accounts, we may hear Him say “Well done, good and faithful servant!”


Discussion Questions

1. How is a Talent different from a Gift? What does it mean when a talent is sanctified?

2. What are the characteristics of the Master described in the parable? What do we learn from the way the Master distributes talents to his servants? What talents have you received?

3. What are the characteristics of a good and faithful servant? Compare such a servant to one who is lazy and wicked. What kind of servant are you? What talents do you put to good use? Are there talents that you have kept buried?

4. How did the Master treat the three servant from the parable? Did the Master’s response to the second and third servants surprise you?

5. What kind of excuses do we give ourselves to justify our lack of faithfulness? What three things can you start doing to become a better and more faithful servant? What things should you keep doing? What should you stop doing?


Prayer Guide

Express your gratitude to God for your body, your time, your money, and your talents. Ask Him to remind you that these resources are entrusted to you for a reason. Pray that God touches your heart. Ask God to guide every decision you make, and to help you recognize that the choices you make today determine the kind of steward you are. Pray that God helps you become a blessing to others. Ask Him to grant you a heart that eagerly wants to know and serve Him, so that you will one day be recognized as a good and faithful steward.


Recommended Reading

The CBCP Library recommends this book to complement this week’s message. The book can be borrowed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Some talented people reach their full potential, while others self-destruct or remain trapped in mediocrity. What makes the difference? In Talent is Never Enough (Paperback, Kindle), Author John Maxwell posits that the choices people make — not merely the skills they inherit — are what propel them to greatness. He also describes the 13 attributes we need to maximize our potential.

See also: All CBCP Library recommendations for the Stewardship series.