Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday Virtual New Life "Money Matters" by Bishop GV Dudley., Sr., Ph.D.

Money Matter

 

Pericope: Luke 12: 16- 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him,You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Sermon Text: Luke 12: 17 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

Sermon Title: Money Manners

Choice 1: Vs 18 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.

Choice 2: Vs 19 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

The point of the parable is found in verses 13 – 15 13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Consequences: Vs 20 20 “But God said to him,You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

        Had the man understood the manner of money he would’ve knew what to do with what he had. He could have done at least three things. 

1.   Vs 33, 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.

2.  Prov 11: 24-25 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

3.  Prov 19: 17 17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done

 

Outcome: 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

2 Cor 9: 6-7 - 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Life Application: What will you do with what you have?

1.  Search your heart and make God’s work a priority – 2 Chr 31:10b - Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare, because the Lord has blessed his people, and this great amount is left over.”

2.  Understand and apply the manners/ways of money – it’s cyclical

3.  Give your heart and first fruit

 

Sunday, January 24, 2021

The Way of Wealth


Pericope:  Luke 16:1-15 - Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

6 “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.

“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

“‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.

“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

Sermon Text: Luke 16:12-13 - And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Sermon Title: The Way of Wealth

Way 1: Manage your relationships

vs. 5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors... 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

So he said vs. 3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg—

He knew he would need relationships to make it.  He misused relationships or the front and to gain wealth for this master now he is using relationships again to secure his future. 

         You cannot get away from relationships and you gaining wealth.  Elijah and the widow with the oil containers.

1 King 17: 13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.

Elisha 2 Kings 4:1-4, 7 - The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”

2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”

“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” 7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

 

2 Chr. 20: 20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”

Way 2: Manage your cash flowvs. 5 …He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

Way 3: Manage your acumenvs. 8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light  

 

verse 8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light

Way 4: Manage your assetsvs. 10-12 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

a)  If you cannot…

b)  God cannot …

c)   It’s not the knowledge …

d)  It’s the misuse of the…

e)  Learn from the …

f)    Then God will give you more of w…

Transition:  Vs. 13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Way 5: Manage your heartvs. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

Life Application:

1.   Redeem the time with you have not with what you don’t have.

2.   Be shrewd with what you have – use it to save souls

3.   Manage from your heart (Thoreau wrote a man is wealthy in proportion to the number of things he can afford to do without.


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Walk the Talk

 Sunday January 17th 2021

 

Mark 2:9

Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’?

 

John 5:9

Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.Now it was the Sabbath on that day.

 

Matthew 9:5

Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’?

 

Acts 3:8

With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

 

Mark 5:42

Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded.

 

Acts 14:8

At Lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.

 

Acts 14:10

said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and began to walk.

 

PericopeProv. 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

   and do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge him,

   and he will (direct your path) make straight your paths.

Sermon Text:  Prov. 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him,

   and he will (direct your path) make straight your paths.

Sermon Title:  Walk Your Talk

BP:  Move the hearers to have their walk directed by God.

Introduction:

Point 1: The way you walk – Deut 5: 33 You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.


Point 2: The light in your walk – Psalms 119:105 - and a light to my path.

a) Stop looking start seeing
b) Plant seeds along the way
c) Let God lead you while you listen

Point 3: Watch your steps not your stops – Ps. 37:23 - The steps of good men are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take.

Point 4: The draw in your walk - James 4: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you….

Point 5: Your walk is unique – Ps 119:133a Direct my footsteps according to your word;

Life Application

1. Join a LifeGroup
2. Watch eChurch revival
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