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Parables: The Talents

To Remember: We must all use our resources for God's work
 
Vocabulary
   talent - the name of a certain amount of money
Lesson Matthew 25:14-30
 
Sing: There is work in the kingdom of God my brother...
 
Activity:
Discuss with students the different resources God gives us to do his work. Talk about how everyone has different resources. Chart on a large paper or chalkboard different roles in the church and the resources God provides to fill those roles. Then ask the students what resources God has provided them and how they can use those resources to do God’s work.
 
Craft:
Make a paper chain of people. Have everyone fold a piece of paper accordion style several times. Cut out the shape of a man, making sure to leave the hands and feet connected to the folds. Slowly unfold - Discuss how one man teaches one man. Then he teaches one and soon there are many men who know the truth. This is God’s 30, 60 and 100-fold fruits.
 
Worksheet:
Take home sheet on the Talents .pdf
 
True or False
1.  The master expected results from each man. T
2. The master expected them each to have the same number of talents when he returned. F
3. Each man gained something with what he was given. F
4. The one-talent man lost his talent before the master returned. F
5. The one-talent man lost his talent after the master returned. T

Review Questions (can be used with gameboard)
 linguistic questions
  1. Define talent: in Biblical times and now.
  2. Who does the master represent?
  3. Who do the servants represent?
  activity questions
  1. Act out the 1-talent man.
  2. Quickly sketch the 3 men before their master.
  3. Lead group in singing “I want to be a worker for the Lord”
  emotion questions
  1. How did the master feel about the 5 talent man?
  2. Was the master as happy with the 2 talent man as he was with the 5 talent man?
  3. How did the master feel about the 1 talent man?
application questions
  1. What should we do with the resources God gives us?
  2. Name 2 resources God has given you.
  3. What will happen if we don’t use our resources for God’s work?
fact questions
  1. How many talents did the 5 talent man end up with total?
  2. How many talents did the 2 talent man end up with?
  3. How many talents did the 1 talent man finally end up with?
review questions
  1. Why was the 1-talent man punished?
  2. What reward was given to the 5 and 2 talent men?
  3. When will Jesus come to judge how we’ve used our talents?
Memory Work Ephesians 2:10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."
 
Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
 
Prepare or mark a hopscotch board on the floor. Write the memory verse words in the blocks. Have the students walk through it, reciting as they go. Each time, cover a block or more, and have them say it. Cover the blocks until they know the verse.