The Poor, Rich Fool

The Poor, Rich Fool

Text:
Title: The Poor, Rich Fool
Speaker: Pastor Darin Struble

Introduction:

  • Review of where we have come from
    • Throngs of people have been coming to hear Jesus
    • Hypocrisy is a heart problem.
    • Jesus is trying to get the “blind” to see the truth.
  • Today we are going to look at another heart problem.

Sermon Notes:

Warning # 1: Avoid covetousness.

  • We cannot serve two masters, created things and God.  We must choose.

Warning # 2: Avoid spending your life building earthly treasure with no Godly value.

Counsel: Be rich towards God!

Small Group Questions:   

  • In Jesus says to avoid covetousness.  What does covetousness look like in our culture?
  • What do you covet and why?
  • Read .  What was wrong with what the rich man did?  In other words, where did he go wrong?
  • Is God opposed to people being rich?  Why or why not?
  • Read .  Why did Jesus phrase it this way?
  • What earthly treasures are you building? Is there anything you are sacrificing to build these earthly treasures? Family, friends, walk with God?  Why?
  • In Jesus counsels us to be rich toward God.  What does it mean to be rich toward God?
  • Would you consider yourself rich toward God?  Why or why not?
  • What is one change you need to make right now as a result of ?

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (ESV)

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (ESV)

10 Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them. (ESV)

24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. (ESV)

Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine. (ESV)

10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (ESV)

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, (ESV)

15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (ESV)

16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (ESV)

20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ (ESV)

21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (ESV)

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (ESV)

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