The Parable of the Talents
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Talents and its application
to us today – using the gifts God has given you.
Feasting on the Word:
A talent was a large amount of money. How many talents did the
master give to each servant? When the master returned, how much
money did each servant return to him?
Why were the servants who were entrusted with ten talents and five
talents praised? What words of praise did the master use in verse 21?
Why did the one talent man hide his talent? What criticism did the
master have for him in verses 26 and 27? What was the servant’s
punishment? (Verse 30)
Even though the word “talent” in this parable means money, it can have
a deeper meaning for us. God gives each of us talents, or abilities.
From what you’ve read in the parable, what does God expect us to do
with our talents?
We all have different talents. Read and discuss Romans 12:4-8.
The lesson of this parable is to be productive for the Lord. Read
John 15:1-8. What does it mean to bear fruit? Discuss some ways you
can grow as Christians and bear fruit.
One of the best ways to bear fruit for the Lord is to tell others the good
news of salvation. Discuss this: If your family found the cure for cancer,
what would you do? Would you keep the news to yourselves and let
others go on suffering and dying? Now relate that principle to the
importance of teaching others about salvation. It’s an emergency! What
will you do?
Family Project: Take time to work on your family project. (Refer to list.)