We Are Converted To Be Good Servants
I. Study Texts: Matt 24:45-51; 25:14-30; Luke 12:35-48; Luke 19:11-27
II. Theme: A good servant knows his master and desires to please him. A bad servant does not know his master, and
desires to please himself.
1. Everyone knew about servants in Jesus time, because there were many servants.
a. Everyone knew about good servants, such as Joseph, Gen 39.
b. Everyone knew about evil servants, such as Gehazi, 2 Kings 5:20-25.
2. Attributes of good servants
a. A good servant works when the master is away.
b. A good servant has the same goals as his master.
c. A good servant understands his masters will.
3. Attributes of bad servants
a. A bad servant does not desire to please the master.
b. A bad servant does not do his duty when the master is away.
c. A bad servant desires to please himself.
d. A bad servant does not understand his master.
III. Questions and application:
1. What servant (slave) would a master put in charge of feeding his family [verse 45]?
2. Who would be the "blessed" servant (slave) [verse 46]?
3. Why would the master put this servant (slave) in charge of everything he owned [verses 45-47]?
4. What did the evil servant (slave) say in his heart [verse 48]?
5. How did the evil servant (slave) act [verse 49]?
6. What would be the result and consequences of this behavior [verses 50,51]?
1. What did the master do and why did he do it [verse 14]?
2. What determined the amount of money the master gave each servant (slave) [verse 15]?
3. What did the servant (slave) who received the huge financial amount of five talents immediately do [verse 16]?
4. What did the servant (slave) who received the large financial amount of two talents do [verse 17]?
5. What did the servant (slave) who received the sizable financial amount of one talent do [verse 18]?
6. When the master returned he required a report (an accounting) of how the servants (slaves) had managed his money. Remember: ability determined what each man received.
a. How did the master respond to the reports of the servants (slaves) who received the five and two talent amounts
b. How did the servant (slave) who received the one talent amount explain his motivation for his actions [verse 24,25]?
c. What did the master call the servant (slave) who hid the money he received [verse 26}?
d. If that was what the servant (slave) believed about his master, what should he have done with the money [verse 27]?
7. Thought questions:
a. Did the servant (slave) who received the one talent amount spend the money drinking?
b. Did he spend it on prostitutes?
c. Did he steal it for himself?
d. Did he spend it to create a better standard of living for his family and extended family?
e. Did he personally profit from the money in any way?
f. Did the master sustain an actual loss of money?
g. Why was this servant (slave) wicked and lazy?
8. In verse 30 he is called a "worthless" servant (slave) and severely punished. If his actions did not lose his master's money, if the master was 'none the poorer' because of the servant's decision and action, why was he worthless?
IV. Conclusion: Jesus was able to accomplish God's exact purposes because he was a good servant. Consider your understandings
from today's lessons. Then answer this question: what are the basic requirements for a Christian to become the servant that
(1) God wants and (2) accomplishes precisely what God wants done? Always remember the wicked servant did not know his