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Investment in the Kingdom

May 17, 2015 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Luke

Topic: AM Service Passage: Luke 19:11–19:27

Jesus often taught His disciples by telling stories. Sometimes the stories were encouraging, sometimes they were confusing, but there were times when they were downright frightening. Jesus told stories – often called “parables” – not to make his disciples feel good, but He taught in parables so that His disciples would know and understand the truth of the world, sin, God, salvation, and eternity. The parable of the minas is one such story. In this parable, Jesus challenges us to think about our response to the gospel – to think deep down, past the surface. What are we doing with the treasure of the gospel of grace that has been given to us? Are we hiding it away like it is something we can lose? Are we angry about it, and wish Jesus would go away and leave us alone? Or are we using what we have been given to the fullest? These are important questions we must ask ourselves as we contemplate our “Investment in the Kingdom” (Luke 19:11-27).

I. Jesus Tells a Parable
A. The Setting
B. The Story
C. The Surprise

II. The Meaning of the Parable
A. The Enemies of the King
B. The Unfaithful Servant
C. The Faithful Servants

Questions for consideration: (1) How does it help your everyday life to know that Jesus will return? To know that He has enemies that do not want His return? (2) How does this parable help us in telling others the gospel? (3) What are the ways in which we can act like the unfaithful servant? What can we do to focus our lives upon Jesus and be faithful?

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