Learning Lessons From the Lost

Learning Lessons From the Lost

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Title: Learning Lessons From the Lost
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction:

  • At HPC we do not pass the plate for offerings
    • Why?
    • Because we never want money to cloud the gospel
    • Because that is not what church is all about
  • Why do we give?
    • Not, to earn salvation
    • Your giving does not equate to rewards from God
    • It is a personal time of worship
    • You give because you see the work going on and you want it to expand
  • Jesus is speaking on the topic of money and how it distracts from the work of the Kingdom of God
    • The Pharisees were very distracted by money.  They served money.
    • One cannot serve God and money.
    • The value of money is this world is all about preparation for the next world.
  • Money can be a big distraction
    • One does not have to be “rich” for money to be a distraction
    • More money does not necessarily solve problems
    • Money is not a problem in of itself, but the love of money is a problem
  • In this parable we learn a good lesson from a bad example…
  • We should have a heavenly view on all things including our money

Sermon Outline:

Three ways Jesus teaches us to be Kingdom minded when it comes to money

  • Have a Plan (vs. 1-7)
    • The parable is of a bad example that we can learn from
    • A dishonest manager makes a plan to get people to like him by erasing some debt of his masters debtors.  That way when he gets fired these people would receive him into their homes.
    • We are planning for our time in heaven with our money.
    • When we spend our money on earthly things we only get the fleeting pleasure.
    • When we spend our money on things with a heavenly purpose there is eternal joy
    • Start something with your money with the purpose of glorifying God.
    • – Have a job
  • Have a Purpose (vs. 8-13)
    • To reach people with the gospel and discipleship
    • How we use our money is an indicator of our spiritual condition ()
    • If you do not have a purpose for the wealth you have now, why would God give you more?
    • The issue is not wether you have money or not, it is an issue of the heart.  Whether you have little or much you will still be selfish or giving  based on your heart condition.
    • The answer is not if I had more money I would give. It is a change of heart to see that what you have is not yours anyway.
  • Have the Gospel (vs. 14-18)
    • The Pharisees did not have the gospel, they ridiculed Jesus about what He said about money.
    • Because the Pharisees had money they thought that had God’s blessing.
    • The Pharisees needed to repent of their love of money and idolatry.
    • The Pharisees were trying to justify themselves before men.  ”Justify” to make righteous.
    • God knows our hearts, we cannot hid from God.
    • – if someone wants to be justified by the law then they will be judged by the law.
    • shows how strict the law is, no one can fulfill the law fully and will be condemned because of it
    • True righteousness comes from Christ alone. One needs to repent of their sins and put their faith in Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins.

16:1 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.

10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

16 “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.

18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery. (ESV)

13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. (ESV)

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (ESV)

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. (ESV)

3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (ESV)

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (ESV)

10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? (ESV)

17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (ESV)

18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” (ESV)