Still At The Gate

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Sermon based on the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

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  • The Wall Street Journal quoted an anonymous wit who defined money as “an article which may be used as a universal passport to everywhere except heaven, and as a universal provider for everything except happiness.” The writer might have added that money is also a provoker of covetousness and competition, a wonderful servant but a terrible master. The love of money is still “a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Tim. 6:10, NKJV) and has helped fill our world with corruption and lust (1 Peter 1:4). When you read our Lord’s sermons and parables, you are struck with the fact that He had a great deal to say about material wealth. He ministered to people who, for the most part, were poor and who thought that acquiring more wealth was the solution to all their problems. Jesus was not blind to the needs of the poor, and by His example and teaching, He encouraged His followers to share what they had with others. The early church was a fellowship of people who willingly shared their possessions with the less fortunate (Acts 2:44–47; 4:33–37). Neither of the two accounts in this chapter is called a parable either by Jesus or by Luke, so some say that it is likely that our Lord was describing actual happenings. However, whether they are actual events or only parables, the spiritual values are the same.
  • Still At The Gate

    1. 1. Still at the Gate Luke 16:19-31
    2. 2. Who is the audience and what is the setting? <ul><li>Jesus had been speaking primarily to His disciples, </li></ul><ul><li>but the Pharisees had been listening </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is the main point of the parable? <ul><li>Not primarily about the afterlife </li></ul><ul><li>One main point is the sufficiency of the Scriptures </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is the main point of the parable? <ul><li>The parable’s primary teaching is not about wealth and poverty generally , </li></ul><ul><li>It is not a general warning to Israel as a whole. </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is the main point of the parable? <ul><li>It is a warning to the wealthy for their neglect of the poor. </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Rich Man & Lazarus <ul><li>Rich ≠ evil </li></ul><ul><li>Poor ≠ righteous </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Rich Man & Lazarus <ul><li>Rich man is very rich </li></ul><ul><li>Poor man is poor and sick </li></ul><ul><li>Both die </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One in paradise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One in torment </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. The Rich Man & Lazarus <ul><li>Why are they in their situations? </li></ul><ul><li>What about their conversation? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we learn for us, today? </li></ul>
    9. 10. So what?
    10. 11. Now what?
    11. 12. Lazarus is still at the gate

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