This is such a familiar parable. The basic interpretation is easy. What have we done with what God has given us? To often the only result of this asking this question is shame, guilt or a sense of uselessness. But that is not where I want us to go today.
But I first I want to show you some history. This is a chart of our church membership 1997 to 2018. This time covers several pastor’s ministries here at First Press. There is no blaming someone for all our losses, that will not help us. But it does show us that we are not and have not been getting the job done. My focus is not on how we have failed but on how we can turn this chart around.
So we are going to look at the talents that God has given us, what are the things God has given us to work with. God has given us a building, that’s one thing. How are we using this building? How can we use it better?
We have a piece of property how can we use it? What would help people in our area? Perhaps a garden where people could grow veggies for the table.
Perhaps you like fly tying or quilting, crafting or painting, you could gather a group of people with shared interest.
We could have a sportsman group that shares how to hunt or fish, or other adventures. A wilderness survival class.
How about a classic reading group or even a Christian classic reading group.
What about a cooking group where you share recipes and ideas.
We could have a Christian end of life choices, funeral planning, advance directives and such.
A care giver support group.
If you have an interest let me know and we can get things organized. You don’t have to teach or lead all you have to do is show up and talk with people who have the same interest.
The Monday art group. No leader, we just share what we are doing, see what others are doing, talk about life and eat a lot.
How does this help your church?
- it gets people in the door.
- it shows people that we are more than holy people. We are like them.
- it builds relationships with people we might not normally meet.
What talent has God placed in your hand? Your head? Your heart? All these things can be used by God to change lives and even build the church.