This week’s sermon focused on the “Parable of The Loaned Money,” found in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25:14-30. The story is about a business man who left on a long journey and gave his three servants or “employees” some of his money to invest while he was away. The main point of the story is this: God gives all of us resources with which to serve him with. And one day we will all give an account for how we used the resources he gave us.
Pastor Tim broke down that main point of this story into five smaller lessons:
- All that we have comes from God and belongs to God.
- God gives more to some than others.
Because of that reality…
- God does not expect equal return just equal effort
- Someday we will give an account of what we did with what God gave us.
- 2 Corinthians 5:9-10, “…our goal is to please him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”
- Luke 12:48 “Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.”
- Excuses won’t work.
Our 2nd New Year’s Resolution Challenge statement to embrace:
“I will be a good steward of the skills and resources God has entrusted to me and I will serve in causes in this world that matter to God.”
- Pastor Tim’s message was not only about financial resources. Rather, it was about any resources (giftedness, time, servant-hood, money, etc.). If you are looking for places to serve—to apply your skills and resources—take a look at the “Serving Opportunities” currently available within River Oaks at www.riveroaks.org and click “Serving Options for Sat. Services” button. These are specific opportunities to serve during our trial Saturday evening services, beginning in February. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to help direct your efforts.
- Any thoughts re: the Sunday services at River Oaks that you would like to share? If so, please let us know.
- If you are looking for places to connect at River Oaks, this is the perfect time to do so! We have many opportunities about to begin that will allow you to grow in your faith, while connecting with others. All of the options are listed on this blog by clicking on the large “mid-week” banner advertisement and/or the Small Group button on the bottom of this home page.
Pursuing the things that matter most to God this week!
Scott Tilley / Adult Ministries Pastor / 574.875.1152 x103 / email@example.com