Lesson on God-Given Gifts for Teenagers to Grow Their Faith Matthew 25:14-15

Hey, awesome teenagers! Welcome to another exciting Sunday school session. Today, we’re diving into a topic that is not only relevant but crucial for your faith journey: “Parable of the Talents: Using God-given Gifts.” As teenagers, you’re at a stage in life where you’re discovering your unique talents and abilities. This parable teaches us the importance of recognizing and utilizing the gifts God has given us for His glory and the growth of His Kingdom.

In a world that constantly pressures you to conform, it’s essential to understand that God has intentionally equipped you with gifts and talents to make a difference. This topic will encourage you to explore and embrace your abilities, enabling you to live purposefully and impact the lives of those around you. So, let’s jump right into this engaging lesson!

Bible Reading 1: Matthew 25:14-15 (NIV)

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one, he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.”

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • The parable begins with a master entrusting his property to his servants before going on a journey.
  • The master distributes his talents to each servant based on their abilities.
  • The talents represent the resources, abilities, and gifts God has given to us.
  • The master’s expectation is that the servants will use their talents wisely and diligently in his absence.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you understand by the term “talents” in this parable?
  2. Why do you think the master distributed the talents according to each servant’s ability?
  3. How can we relate the master’s journey to God’s plan and purpose for our lives?
  4. How does this parable emphasize the responsibility we have to use our God-given gifts?

Bible Reading 2: Matthew 25:16-18 (NIV)

“The man who had received five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with two talents gained two more. But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.”

Youth Group Explanation:

  • The servant who received five talents immediately invested and doubled his resources.
  • The servant who received two talents did the same and doubled his resources.
  • However, the servant who received one talent chose to bury it instead of putting it to use.
  • The actions of the first two servants demonstrate faithfulness, diligence, and initiative.
  • The third servant’s inaction reveals fear, laziness, and a lack of stewardship.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. What motivated the first two servants to invest their talents and increase them?
  2. What might have caused the third servant to bury his talent instead of using it?
  3. How can fear hinder us from using our God-given gifts?
  4. In what ways do you see laziness or complacency affecting young people’s lives today?

Bible Reading 3: Matthew 25:19-30 (NIV)

“After a long time, the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ The man with two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Then the man who had received one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So, I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So, you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned, I would have received it back with interest.”

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • Upon the master’s return, the first two servants present the talents they multiplied.
  • The master commends their faithfulness, rewards them, and invites them to share in his happiness.
  • The third servant, however, presents the single talent, untouched and unproductive.
  • The master condemns his inaction, calling him wicked and lazy.
  • The talent is taken from the third servant and given to the servant with ten talents.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. How did the master reward the faithful servants who used their talents well?
  2. Why do you think the master referred to the third servant as wicked and lazy?
  3. How can fear and a wrong perception of God hinder us from using our gifts?
  4. What can we learn from the master’s response to the third servant about God’s expectations of us?

Youth Group Game: “Gifts Unleashed”

Materials needed: Paper, pens/pencils


  1. Divide the group into smaller teams (2-4 members per team).
  2. Each team member should write down three talents or gifts they believe they possess.
  3. Collect all the papers and shuffle them in a bowl or hat.
  4. Each team takes turns drawing a talent from the bowl and guessing which team member it belongs to.
  5. The team has three guesses to identify the talent’s owner.
  6. After each round, discuss the talents, encouraging one another to utilize them for God’s glory.

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father,

We thank You for the parable of the talents and the valuable lessons it teaches us. Help us to understand the unique gifts and talents You have blessed us with, and give us the courage and wisdom to use them wisely. Remove any fear, laziness, or complacency that may hinder us from stepping out in faith. May we faithfully steward our gifts for the advancement of Your Kingdom and the glory of Your name.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, with unique gifts designed to impact the world around you. Embrace your talents, step out in faith, and watch how God uses you in incredible ways. Stay tuned for more exciting lessons that will equip you on your faith journey. God bless you all!

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