Managing Your Talents (1 of 5) by Jeff Ginn

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Managing Your Talents (1 of 5)
Series: Management 101: Becoming a Successful Steward
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
1 Peter 4:10
January 14, 2001


1. I heard about a little girl who experienced a major breakthrough in her life when she learned to tie her own shoes. Instead of excitement, she was overcome by tears. Her father asked, "Why are you crying?" "I have to tie my shoes," she said. "You just learned how. It isn't that hard, is it?" "I know," she wailed, "but now I'm going to have to do it for the rest of my life."

2. We become accountable for what we know. For that reason I try to limit what I know. I don't know how to use the copier or fax machine in the office. I use computers but don't know how to fix them. If I don't know how to work on them no one will be after me to do it!

3. Spiritually, we become accountable for what we know . . . so . . . some of you may want to cover your ears for the next four weeks. We are going to learn about managing our resources–our talents, our time, our treasures, and our temples.

4. Our key verse for this morning is 1 Peter 4:10-11, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. (11) If anyone speaks, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.


1. Introduction
1. They are called child prodigies. They are the gifted ones among us. They show extraordinary abilities at young ages. Mozart was such a prodigy. At three he was picking out chords on the harpsichord, at four playing short pieces, at five composing concertos. By the time he was ten he had composed several symphonies and toured the major cities of Europe.
2. We tend to hold up those with such abilities and think that, therefore, we are not gifted. But according to the Bible, you are ...

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