Use What You've Got
Sermon shared by Jim Kilson
Summary: We examine this Parable of the talents, to see what Jesus has to say about the concept of stewardship, and how we can take His teachings and implement them in our own lives.
Series: Stories Jesus told
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
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Introduction: What do you think of when you hear the word “Stewardship” Money right! Well in the parable we are going to be examining we are going to discuss the concept of stewardship and it will not focus on “Money” For as we will see, biblical stewardship has more to do with our actions than the balance in our bank accounts.
Background: Jesus has entered Jerusalem to great acclaim, but He knows that in a short time He will be climbing the hill of Calvary. But now we see Him and His disciples sitting on the Mount of Olives and Jesus is teaching them, sharing parables such as the fig tree, the ten virgins and now the talents…
Proposition: We examine this Parable of the talents, to see what Jesus has to say about the concept of stewardship, and how we can take His teachings and implement them in our own lives.
Transition: To begin our study we will begin by briefly examining the two passages listed as our texts, to give answer to a claim that these two accounts conflict with one another… so
I. ARE THESE CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS?
a. We live in a world where the validity of scripture is constantly under attack
- Let’s look at our two accounts – are they identical? – NO
- Are they similar? – Yes
- As we read the gospel accounts, do we find variations in the accounts of the life of Jesus? – Yes
- Do those variations mean that scripture is untrustworthy and corrupt? – No
- The variations in scripture are far from being discrediting, in fact they give support to the validity of scripture
- In court testimony identical testimony isn’t proof of accuracy its proof of perjury – no two people see an even the same way because they see it from different viewpoints
- Seemingly contradictory and conflicting accounts more often than not complement, not discredit each other
b. Most supposed contradictions in scripture can be easily explained with a careful examination of the passage
- As I have said before…it is imperative that when presented with these so called “contradiction or mistakes” that we seek out the answer from scripture…
- To practice good “Hermeneutics”
- We must remember that God is not the author of confusion (1st Corinthians 14:33)
c. So what about our text this morning?
- We read them and quickly notice that they aren’t identical
- Some have viewed this as a fact that “proves” that there are mistakes in the Bible
- The stories sound a lot alike, they have similar themes, but the similarities end there
- These stories are in reality “two” different stories, not two variations of the same one
- There are two key factors that play into this determination
d. First is the “context”
- In the Luke 10 passage Jesus in nearing Jerusalem after having left Jericho
- In the Matthew 25 passage Jesus is in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives after the “Triumphal Entry”
- The Luke account is presented to a mixed group of people while the Matthew passage is directed to the disciples
e. The second factor is the “content”
- In the Matthew account the master is a man leaving for a journey while in Luke it’s a nobleman on a quest for a crown
- In Matthew the assets were distributed unequally, while in the Luke story they were distributed equally
- The rewards received were different as were the punishments received for the lack of stewardship
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