Sermon 11.20.11

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Sermon 11.20.11

  1. 1. The “Backward” Wisdom of God
  2. 2. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD GENEROSITY SELF-SAVING SELF-GIVINGI will be happy I will be happywhen I get others when I get othersto love me the to love me theright way.” right way.”;smcxpewpcdepep ;smcxpewpcdepepkcmkcmdkcmkc kcmkcmdkcmkcmkcmdkcmdskcm mkcmdkcmdskcmdkcmdkcmdslc dkcmdkcmdslc
  3. 3. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GODJOHN 13:1-17
  4. 4. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD JOHN 13:1-17 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, havewashed your feet, you also should wash oneanother‟s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant isgreater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
  5. 5. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD MATTHEW 16:2525 For whoever wants to save hislife will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
  6. 6. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GODMATERIAL GENEROSITY
  7. 7. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD ACTS 20:3535In everything I did, I showed youthat by this kind of hard work wemust help the weak, rememberingthe words the Lord Jesus himself said: „It is more blessed to give than to receive.‟
  8. 8. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GODTHE AMERICAN DREAM A disease called affluenza… the belief that material affluence can produce true happiness
  9. 9. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD FRANCIS SCHAEFFER“„Personal peace‟ means just to belet alone, not to be troubled by thetroubles of other people, whetheracross the world or across thecity—to live one‟s life with minimalpossibilities of being personallydisturbed . . .”
  10. 10. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD FRANCIS SCHAEFFER “. . . „Affluence‟ means anoverwhelming and ever-increasing prosperity—a life made up ofthings, things, and more things— and success judged by an ever-higher level of material abundance.”
  11. 11. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD WALTER WILLIAMS“What is the noblest of humanmotivations? Some might be temptedto answer: charity, love of onesneighbor, or, in modern, politicallycorrect language, giving somethingback or feeling anothers pain. Theseare indeed noble motivations, but . . .for me the noblest of humanmotivations is greed . . .
  12. 12. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD WALTER WILLIAMS“. . . I dont mean theft, fraud, tricks, ormisrepresentation. By greed I meanbeing only or mostly concerned aboutgetting the most one can for oneselfand not necessarily concerned aboutthe welfare of others. Socialconsternation might cause one tocringe at the suggestion that greedmight possibly be seen as a noblemotivation . . .
  13. 13. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD WALTER WILLIAMS“. . . „Enlightened self-interest‟might be a preferable term. But Iprefer greed since it far moredescriptive and less likely to beconfused with other humanmotives.”
  14. 14. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD GOD’S WARNINGSThe American dream always eventually turns into what we might call the American Nightmare!
  15. 15. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD ECCLESIASTES 2:4-8,1111Yet when I surveyed all that myhands had done and what I hadtoiled to achieve, everything wasmeaningless, a chasing after thewind; nothing was gained underthe sun.
  16. 16. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD ECCLESIASTES 5:10,13“Whoever loves money never hasmoney enough; whoever loveswealth is never satisfied with hisincome. This too is meaningless . .. I have seen a grievous evil underthe sun: wealth hoarded to theharm of its owner . . .”
  17. 17. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD PROVERBS 11:2828Whoever trusts in his riches willfall, but the righteous will thrive likea green leaf.
  18. 18. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD PROVERBS 15:16-1716 Better a little with the fear of theLORD than great wealth withturmoil. 17 Better a meal of vegetableswhere there is love than a fattenedcalf with hatred.
  19. 19. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD MATTHEW 6:19-21, 2419 “Do not store up for yourselvestreasures on earth, where moth andrust destroy, and where thieves breakin and steal. 20 But store up foryourselves treasures in heaven, wheremoth and rust do not destroy, andwhere thieves do not break in andsteal.
  20. 20. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD MATTHEW 6:19-21, 2421For where your treasure is, thereyour heart will be also.24 “No one can serve two masters.Either he will hate the one and love theother, or he will be devoted to the oneand despise the other. You cannotserve both God and Money.
  21. 21. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD LUKE 12:15,21“Watch out! Be on your guardagainst all kinds of greed; a man‟slife does not consist in theabundance of his possessions . . .This is how it will be with anyonewho stores up things for himselfbut is not rich toward God.”
  22. 22. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD 1 TIMOTHY 6:9-11“People who want to get rich fall intotemptation and a trap and into manyfoolish and harmful desires that plungemen into ruin and destruction. For thelove of money is a root of all kinds ofevil. Some people, eager for money,have wandered from the faith andpierced themselves with many griefs.But you, man of God, flee from allthis . . .”
  23. 23. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD PBS “AFFLUENZA”“Were filling our lives withthings—and telling others thatwere empty inside.” UNSATISFIED EXPECTATIONS SHOPPING ADDICTIONS STRESS FROM CREDIT DEBT FRACTURED FAMILIES GLOBAL POLLUTION & POVERTY
  24. 24. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD THE AMERICAN PARADOXFrom 1960-1993, real income inAmerica doubled—but during thatsame time the divorce ratedoubled, teen suicide tripled,juvenile violence quadrupled, andunwed births quintupled.
  25. 25. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD THE AMERICAN PARADOXAlthough the average American hasmore money today, there is “lesshappiness, more depression, morefragile relationships, less communalcommitment, less vocational security,more crime and more demoralizedchildren.”
  26. 26. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD EPHESIANS 5:11 Follow God‟s example, therefore, asdearly loved children 2 and walk in theway of love, just as Christ loved us andgave himself up for us as a fragrantoffering and sacrifice to God.
  27. 27. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD KEYS TO GENEROSITY Being generoustoward others begins by allowing God to be generous toward you by receiving the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ
  28. 28. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD 1 TIMOTHY 6:17-19“Command those who are rich in thispresent world . . . to put their hope inGod, who richly provides us witheverything for our enjoyment.Command them to do good, to be richin good deeds, and to be generous andwilling to share. In this way they willlay up treasure for themselves as a firmfoundation for the coming age, so thatthey may take hold of the life that istruly life.”
  29. 29. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD LUKE 12:33-34“Sell your possessions and give tothe poor. Provide purses foryourselves that will not wear out, atreasure in heaven that will not beexhausted, where no thief comesnear and no moth destroys. Forwhere your treasure is, there yourheart will be also.”
  30. 30. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD MARK 10:28-30 “No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for meand the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.”
  31. 31. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6,7,10,12“Whoever sows sparingly will alsoreap sparingly, and whoever sowsgenerously will also reapgenerously.Each man should give what he hasdecided in his heart to give, notreluctantly or under compulsion,for God loves a cheerful giver . . .
  32. 32. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GOD 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6,7,10,12“. . . Now he who supplies seed tothe sower and bread for food willalso supply and increase yourstore of seed (for sowing) . . . Thisservice that you perform is not onlysupplying the needs of God‟speople but is also overflowing inmany expressions of thanks toGod.”
  33. 33. THE BACKWARD WISDOM OF GODBECOME A GENEROUS PERSON How has Godled you into generosity?

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