$5 CHALLENGE: PAY IT FORWARD

March 6, 2014

Tonight at Youth Fellowship we read the Parable of the Talents (Matt 25 – read at the bottom) and gave each youth a $5 bill.  

What’s the point?  We are encouraging you all to use this money in an intentional, creative, & Christian way.  How can you use this $5 bill to love God and love neighbor?  We encourage everyone to be as creative as possible and not just put the money in the offering plate or give it to a charity – but use it to directly impact somebody and improve their day.  You can – but are not required to: pool your money together, if something cost $6 dollars you can throw in a dollar of your own money.  We will talk about this on the retreat and also on Wednesday, Mar. 19.

I wasn’t at YF – can I still get a $5 bill and participate in the $5 challenge?  If you weren’t at YF – you can pick up your $5 bill at Knox from Pastor Robert or Diane or Bev in the church office.  We ask you to sign a sign in sheet so that we know who has received their $5 bill.  You will have thru Sunday, March 9, to pick up your $5 bill.

Let me know if there are any questions.

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Matthew 25: 14 “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. 15 To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. 16 Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. 17 The second did the same. 18 But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money. 19 “After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. 20 The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. 21 His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ 22 “The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. 23 His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ 24″The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. 25 I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ 26 “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? 27 The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest. 28 “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. 29 30 Throw him out into utter darkness.’

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