Often we ask questions with no intention of listening, but just to prove ourselves right. And it can be the same with the questions we ask of Jesus. In this message we see some people meet Jesus with an agenda, hoping to trap him. But instead, the truth is revealed. Outline Whose image? (20:20-26) Whose wife? (20:27-40) Whose son? (20:41-44) Whose example? (20:45-21:4)
How sure are you that you’re seeing what’s real? Do you need glasses? Or do you just need to pay attention? In this sermon, we see that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came to rescue us from blindness and to open our eyes to his generous mercy. Before the sermon we watched this video: Outline Are you seeing Jesus truly? A blind man sees (18:35-43) A short man sees (19:1-10) Jesus came to seek and save us! Read more
What do you need to do to enter God’s kingdom? A bloke who seemed to have everything going for him, asked Jesus this question. But Jesus’ surprising answer shows how God’s kingdom conflicts with our world’s values of status and power. Greedy-hearted humans can’t enter God’s Kingdom, but God has made it possible for those who like a child receive his generosity in Jesus. Outline Empty Hands (vv15-17) Not what you offer (vv18-30) The suffering and rising king (vv31-34) Will you enter God’s kingdom? Read more
Would you be convinced if someone were to rise from the dead? In this message, we listen to another story Jesus told. A story about a rich man who loves money, not God, and who shows this by overlooking the poor. Outline A parable … of two men (vv19-21) …and the tables are turned (vv22-26) …because they wouldn’t listen. (vv27-31) Jesus has crossed the chasm …will you? Read more
Who do you serve? This week, we hear Jesus give a warning to religious people who love money—‘no one can serve two masters.’ This is a stark warning as Jesus urges us to enter his kingdom. Outline During the sermon, we watched this video: The background: Herod and the Pharisees (vv 16-18) A parable of a shrewd manager (vv 1-8) …which means (vv 9-15) you can’t serve God and money! Read more
There’s more to life (vv13-21) … so don’t worry (vv22-29) … and seek eternal treasure (vv30-34) The article referenced during the sermon is Don’t be anxious about anything! Is that all God’s got to say? by Paul Grimmond
Waiting for lasting wealth (vv17-19) Waiting for lasting truth (vv20-21) Will you wait for something better?
The failings of false teaching: Fighting (vv3-5) Finance (vv6-10) Flee and fight (vv11-16) How are you teaching?
Jesus against the religious leaders who… made God small (20:41-44) (Psalm 110:1) and made themselves big (20:45-47) But when God is big…(21:1-4)
God’s Generosity Creation (Job 41:11b) Salvation (2 Corinthians 8:9) Being Generous How generous? Tithing? (Numbers 18; Deuteronomy 14) Or…? Who to be generous to? Galatians 6:10 Galatians 6:6; 1 Timothy 5:17-18 How to be generous?