On Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 6:00 PM the message "Parable of the Pounds and Talents" was given by Minister Christine Lee at Gratia Community Church in Sioux Falls, SD. The message was taken from Luke 19:11-27, and Matthew 25:14-30.
Together these two passages encapsulate and define the Christian's responsibility in this life better perhaps than any other. Very simply put, the believers are each given a life and time equally, but are given talents some more some less. However, the Lord will judge them and reward them based on how they use their life and talents for His glory.
Christine shared those that have more gifts should produce more fruit for the kingdom of God. The most important thing is how faithfully one uses his time and talents whether he thinks they have results or not. The servant that didn't use his one talent was counted among those that hated the king.
The question was asked what the bank the servant should have put his pound in meant.
Darwin said it was a place where loans could be made. Based on that statement it was concluded he should have contributed his pound in aid to somebody else. He should have pooled his resource with those that had more and at least assisted them.
Bob didn't think it was right that the king should have killed those that hated him until it was explained to him that the king is God.
Darwin pointed out this was also a passage about God being a capitalist free market person.
Bruce looked up and found that besides the military connotation, the word "occupy" in verse 13 in the Greek is "put capital to work, do business".