OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me to utilise my talents for your glory in Jesus Name.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 25:14-30

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Teacher’s to note the text Review.

MEMORY VERSE: “And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.” Matthew 25:15.

LESSON INTRODUCTION: One reason for the failure of modern churches is that they become a one man affair. The pew-sitter leaves the work of evangelism, preaching, teaching and visiting to the pastor. This is not God’s order. At Pentecost, there were one hundred and twenty praying but only Eleven of them could be called “Pastors”, that is, the Eleven disciples. There were women present also. When persecution came, the pastors stayed in Jerusalem and the laymen were the ones who went out preaching- Acts 8:4. It is therefore the duty of every church member to be Active for Christ.


LESSON AIM: To study how to be an active Christian for Christ.


“When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive and gave gift unto men”. Eph 4:8. The Holy Spirit took up the parable of talents which the Lord stated in Matthew 25:14-30 and gave further details. The parable presented goods as talents to trade with Matt 25:16. Further details in Ephesians indicate that the talents (gift) are for the work of the ministry, perfecting of the saints and for edifying the body of Christ. Eph.4:12. Matt 25: 19 provides that “the Lord of the servants cometh and reckoneth with them”. This means that the Lord Jesus Christ will surely return and request from every believer details of his goods/talents/gifts which He bestowed on them.

The records in Vs. 20,22 are similar because the first two servants in the content made profit with their talents and they were rewarded in the same way, the size of the talents notwithstanding. ” well done, thou good and faithful servants, thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord “. Vs 21 and 22. However, the record in Vs.24 is laced with excuses for non performance, with his talent in the earth. His reward was also different-” thou wicked and slothful servant….” The punishment was severe. Vs 26-30.

This parable points out the need for faithfulness in little. Such faithfulness would multiply the little to become great.

This parable also identifies whoever fails to use his gift as a wicked fellow. V.26. That means, wasters of God’s gift will occupy the same position in hell with other wicked fellows. PS 9:17; Matt. 25:30.

The parable also indicates that God will take the talent away from those who fail to use it. V.28


Teacher should combine participatory method with Lecture Method.

TEACHING METHOD: Teachers should use lecture teaching method.

TIME MANAGEMENT: Teachers to use the teaching time allocated for two lesson outlines.


Lesson Outline 1: WHERE DO I START FROM?

i. Be active in Prayer-Luke 18:1. When you spend time with the Lord, the Holy Spirit will begin to guide you into areas where you can be useful for the Lord. Acts 13:2-3, 16:9-10.

ii. Do Personal Bible Study 2Tim. 2:15. Very soon, the opportunity will come to answer a perplexing Question Authoritatively from the Bible.

iii. Understudying senior Christians. You have a lot to learn from them as you will soon take over their responsibilities. 1Sam.3:1; 19:21; 1Kings 19:19-21.

iv. Attempting small task first, like praying for the preacher of the day, before his sermon, etc. Join the workforce of your local church and be an active member of a department e.g Ushering, Choir, Sunday School, Children etc. Matt.25:22-23; Rom.12:4-5.
v. Witness to others. Start from your own family members to your friends, neighbours and colleagues. Matt.28:19-20.

Class Activity 1: Teacher should ask the student to identify their areas of talents. Teacher should encourage the Students to join relevant departments in the church

Lesson Outline 2: WHAT CAN I DO FOR JESUS?

i. Bring people to church in your car, pay bus fares or simply walking with a first timer to church. Andrew was a good example of this. He brought Peter -John 1:30-42, The Little lad with five loaves and two fishes John 6:8-9 and certain Greeks to Jesus John 12:20-22.

ii. Contribute to “Missions” activities. You can go, give money/materials, distribute tracts, pray for missionaries, etc. Mark 16:15.

iii. Encourage your Pastor. You can minister to his needs. 1Cor.9:7-12.

iv. Make your home Available for small group meetings like House Fellowship, Children’s Bible Club, etc. Acts 2:42, 46.

v. Give food to the hungry, clothes to the naked, visit the sick and the imprisoned, care for fatherless and widows. Matt.25: 34-36; Jas.1:27.

Class Activity 2: What other things can your class do for Christ in your parish?

Can your class donate any gift/item to the church? Discuss how to go about it.


You must do something glorious with yourlittle or great talent to God.


Be faithful to God with your talent.


What are the differences between faithful and wicked servants?


Father, let me be ever faithful to you with my talents.


Every class can donate something to their Teacher, Pastor and church as the Lord Provides.

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