March 2, 2014 Series: Strapped
Topic: Weekend Gathering Message Passage: Matthew 25:14–25:30
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “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!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “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!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold 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. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “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? 27 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.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
1. GOD IS THE OWNER
Deuteronomy 10:14; Psalm 24:1; Psalm 50:10-12; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
2. I AM A STEWARD.
3. I AM ACCOUNTABLE.
How to be a good steward…
GOOD STEWARDS ___________________________________.
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.
GOOD STEWARDS __________.
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
GOOD STEWARDS ________
The wise store up choice food and olive oil but fools gulp theirs down.
GOOD STEWARDS ______________________
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
GOOD STEWARDS ___________
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.