We Are Not All “Five Talent” People
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. God never intended for every member of the church to be the same (Romans 12:3-5).
1. There are elders/bishops/shepherds (IPeter 5:1-4; cf. ITimothy 3:1-7).
2. There are deacons (Philippians 1:1; cf ITimothy 3:8-13).
3. There are evangelists (Acts 21:8 and IITimothy 4:1-5).
4. There are teachers (Acts 13:1, Colossians 3:16, and Titus 2:3-5).
5. There are many members, weak and strong (Romans 15:1-3), who need to work together for the betterment of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:15-16).
B. YOU have to accept what you’re capable of (Galatians 6:3).
1. Don’t measure yourself by others (IICorinthians 10:12).
2. Don’t have the desire to stand above others either, for that will get you in trouble (IIIJohn 9-11).
a. We all have to remember our places (Luke 17:7-10).
b. The need to rise up will precede a definite fall (Proverbs 16:18 and Obadiah 1:3-4).
c. There is no prestige in Christ (Romans 12:16 and Philippians 2:3).
II. Body: There Are Different Abilities And Expectations Based On Those Abilities (Matthew 25:14-30).
A. Some are capable of things that others are not (ICorinthians 12:14-27).
1. We know the obvious leadership roles, but what about those who support (Acts 6:1-7 and IThessalonians 5:14)?
2. Where would we be without brethren talented in comforting others (Romans 16:1-2 and Colossians 4:11)?
3. Think of those who can help brethren financially (Acts 11:27-30 and Acts 20:35).
4. The fact is, we need people that don’t necessarily lead, but help bear burdens (Galatians 6:2).
B. Whether you have one or many abilities, God expects us to labor as we are capable (Luke 12:41-48).
1. Inaction, when you know better, is sin (James 4:17).
2. On the other hand, you must not do what you’re not capable of doing (ITimothy 3:6 and Hebrews 5:12-13).
3. Humility has to be exercised in these things (Luke 22:24-27), so that one does not “bite off more than he or she can chew” (Acts 19:13-17).
C. If limited, understand that you can grow SOME and become MORE capable in certain areas (IPeter 2:1-2).
1. Growth can start very early (IITimothy 3:14-15).
2. We just have to be sure we don’t confuse true growth with false self-confidence (Proverbs 14:16 and Isaiah 5:21).
3. Balance here though, you can aim too high for the wrong reasons (Ecclesiastes 7:16).
III. Conclusion: Do what is expected of YOU, based on YOUR abilities, to God’s glory (IPeter 4:11).
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© 2014 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager