THE DISCOURSE ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES (Lesson Six)
                                       The Parable of the talents
                        Matthew 25:14-30 (725-726); Alson Luke 19:11-27


         A.  As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives and talked with Peter, Andrew, James
              and John, He was asked, "And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of
              the end of the age?"  Matthew 24:3b

         B.  In Matthew 25 Jesus gave three parables in response.  We'll focus on the
              Parable of the Talents.  Matthew 25:14-30

   II.  The Parable of the Talents.

         A.  Terms:

              Kingdom of heaven: rule of God
              Man travelling: Jesus
              Far country: heaven
              Servants: disciples
              Talent:  represents what God has given us such as money, possessions,
                         abilities, opportunities etc.
              Traded: People us what God has given them.
              The Lord came: Jesus
              Settled account: accountability
              Well done: passed evaluation
              The joy of your Lord: eternal life
              Wicked and lazy servant: Those who failed
              Outer darkness:  the lake of fire

         B.  Read Matthew 25:14-30.  What is the connection between the Parable of
              Talents and the second coming of Christ?

              1.  We will be held accountable for what God has _________________ us.
                   2 Corinthians 5Z:9-10 (854)

                   a.  Unrepentant _________________.  Revelation 20:15 (916)

                   b.  Those who _____________ God.  1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (842)

         C.  This parable should encourage us to WAKE UP and ___________________.

     Closing:  1 Corinthians 15:58 (851)