Summary: The church needs to understand that sharing the Gospel is a risky business.
Risky Business part 1
Thesis: The church needs to understand that sharing the Gospel is a risky business.
Matthew 25:14-30 ---Read from the Message
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. (Mat 25:13 NIV)
"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. (Mat 25:14 NIV)
To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. (Mat 25:15 NIV)
The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. (Mat 25:16 NIV)
So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. (Mat 25:17 NIV)
But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. (Mat 25:18 NIV)
"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. (Mat 25:19 NIV)
The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ’Master,’ he said, ’you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ (Mat 25:20 NIV)
"His master replied, ’Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Mat 25:21 NIV)
"The man with the two talents also came. ’Master,’ he said, ’you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ (Mat 25:22 NIV)
"His master replied, ’Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Mat 25:23 NIV)
"Then the man who had received the one talent came. ’Master,’ he said, ’I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. (Mat 25:24 NIV)
So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ (Mat 25:25 NIV)
"His master replied, ’You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? (Mat 25:26 NIV)
Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. (Mat 25:27 NIV)
"’Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. (Mat 25:28 NIV)
For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. (Mat 25:29 NIV)
And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Mat 25:30 NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." (Duet. 31:6 NIV)
13Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong (NIV).
I Corinthians 16:13,14 (The Message)
Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.