The unjust steward luke 16 1 15

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Sermon on Parable of Unjust Steward by Ps Dr Ng Swee Ming, 18 Nov 2012 @ SSMC

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The unjust steward luke 16 1 15

  1. 1. What would you do ?
  2. 2. AseityGraciousnessImmanenceIncomprehensibilityInfinityJealousyLoveOmnibenevolence
  3. 3. OmnipotenceOmnipresenceOmniscienceOnenessProvidenceSovereigntyTranscendenceTrinity
  4. 4. WrathIMMUTABILITYHOLINESSRIGHTEOUSNESSVERACITY
  5. 5. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15 V1 He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. Rich man : Owner Steward : “A steward is someone who manages something that belongs to someone else. He does not own it, but has the privilege / responsibility of managing it for the benefit / profit of his owner.” Eg Eliezer & Joseph
  6. 6. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15V1 He also said to His disciples:"There was a certain rich manwho had a steward, and anaccusation was brought to himthat this man was WASTINGhis goods.Accusation made : ‘Wasting’Same Gk word as in Luke 15:13 Prodigal Son - “the younger son .... ‘squandered his wealth’ in wild living.”
  7. 7. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15v2 So he called him and said to him, What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.
  8. 8. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15v3 "Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.v4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
  9. 9. V 5 "So he called every one of his masters debtors to him, and said to the first, How much do you owe my master?‘V 6 And he said, A hundred measures of oil. So he said to him, Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.‘
  10. 10.  A hundred measures (‘bath’) of oil. NIV: “800 gallons” Produced by an orchard of about 140-160 olive trees... Total worth : 1,000 Denarii 50% reduction = 500 Denarii
  11. 11. V 7 Then he said to another, And how much do you owe? So he said, A hundred measures of wheat. And he said to him, Take your bill, and write eighty.’
  12. 12. A hundred measures (‘cor’) of wheat.‘NIV: “About 1000 bushels”Produce from about 100 acresTotal Worth : 2,500 – 3,000 denarii20 % reduction – about 500 denarii Only two eg stated Most likely there were others ....
  13. 13. V 8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly.Clarification :  It is the master (rich owner) who commended – not Jesus.  the master never said what the steward did was right  the master only praised him for being “shrewd” Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15
  14. 14. http://thesaurus.com/browse/shrewd Some of the Synonyms of shrewd : brainy, discerning, farsighted, ingenious, keen, knowing, on the inside, on top of, perceptive, probing, profound, prudent, quick witted, savvy, sensible, sharp, smart, wise...
  15. 15. V 8b For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.  ‘sons of this world’ Eph 2:2 “... when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient....”  ‘sons of light’ Eph 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 1 Thess 5:5 You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
  16. 16. NKJV v9 "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.JB Phillips : Now my advice to you is to use money, tainted as it is, to make yourselves friends, so that when it comes to an end, they may welcome you into eternal habitations.NLT Heres the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.
  17. 17. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15v10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Matt 25:21 "His master replied, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your masters happiness! 1 Cor 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
  18. 18. there are no small thingsin God’s Kingdom.... sm
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  20. 20. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15v11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?ie. worldly wealth ≠ true riches (Matt 6:19-21)v12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone elses property, who will give you property of your own?Eg : Parable of the Talents (Matt 25)
  21. 21. v13 "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." I used to think I could not serve both God and Money and then I discovered MULTI-TASKING ....
  22. 22. v14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.v15 He (Jesus) said to them (Pharisees), "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in Gods sight.Parable of the Unjust StewardLuke 16:1-15
  23. 23. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15APPLICATION :This Parable is about StewardshipStewardship of our finances dealingsFinancial Dealings involve MONEY...
  24. 24. Teachings of JesusJesus taught on Faith, Prayer,Baptism, Lord’s Supper and Money.Most time was spend on .... ?• 38 parables – 19 on money• > 2,350 verses on money Vs about 500 verses on prayer, & < 500 verses on faith• 10% of Gospel verses on Money 16 X more verses than baptism 32 X more verses than Lord’s SupperThat’s how impt MONEY was to Jesus
  25. 25. Defined money as : "an article which may be used as auniversal passport to everywhere EXCEPT HEAVEN, & as a universal provider for everythingEXCEPT HAPPINESS."
  26. 26. Stewardship definitely involves MONEY ...So what is our attitude towards MONEY ?What is the “Tithe” ?  10 % givingSo after we ‘tithe’ 10% ... Remaining 90% ... Q: Whose is it ? Q: Is it ours to use as we wish ? Ref Deut 8:18 “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, ...”
  27. 27. • Stewardship involves MONEY ...• But STEWARDSHIP ≠ MONEY• It includes ....
  28. 28. Conclusion :This Parable is about STEWARDSHIP+“Faithful & Trustworthy” Stewardship“Whatever It Takes” Stewardship (good & righteous way) Eg Kerri Strug
  29. 29. Kerri STRUG 1996 OLYMPICS
  30. 30. "whatever it takes"
  31. 31. Conclusion :This Parable is about STEWARDSHIP+“Faithful & Trustworthy” Stewardship“Whatever It Takes” Stewardship (good & righteous way)“End in mind” Stewardship
  32. 32. OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS• The last Olympic gold medal that was actually made from gold was awarded in 1912.• Current standards for OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS – 92.5% silver, plated with at least 6 gms of gold. – at least 3 mm thick & at least 60 mm in diameter.
  33. 33. What would you do ?
  34. 34. CONCLUSION :We are all STEWARDS of GodIn Luke 16 – steward – Gk ‘oikonomos’1 Cor 4:1-2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and STEWARDS of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in STEWARDS, that a man be found faithful.1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good STEWARDS of the manifold grace of God. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15
  35. 35. John Wesley’s Stewardship PlanRULE 1 :"Gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can!“GAIN ALL YOU CAN "we must never harmothers, We cannot scheme to undercut ourneighbors & We cannot sell anything thattends to impair the health of others. Gain allyou can by honest industry."
  36. 36. John Wesley’s Stewardship PlanRULE 1 :"Gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can!“GAIN ALL YOU CAN "we must never harmothers, WeYOU CAN "Do not waste yourour SAVE ALL cannot scheme to undercut resources on trivial expenses, which is theneighbors & We cannot sell anything thattends to impair theyour money into the sea. same as throwing health of others. Gain allyou cannone of your money merely to gratify Spend by honest industry." the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, and the pride of riches. Spend no money to gratify the pride of life or to gain the admiration and praise of others.“
  37. 37. John Wesley’s Stewardship PlanRULE 1 :"Gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can!“GAIN ALL YOU CAN "we must never harmothers, WeYOU CAN "Do not waste yourour SAVE ALL cannot scheme to undercut resources on trivial expenses, which is theneighbors & We cannot sell anything thattendsALLimpair theyournotof others.the sea.GIVE to throwing "Do money into that you same as YOU CAN health imagine Gain allyou cannone of yourmerely by gaining gratifyhave done anything money merely to and Spend by honest industry."saving all you the flesh, the desire of Making the desire of can. Do not stop here. the eyes,and saving money is nothing if we money to and the pride of riches. Spend no fail to goforwardthethe final purpose. gain thecannot gratify to pride of life or to Peoplerightly be said topraisemoney if they only admiration and save of others.“store it away....
  38. 38. John Wesley’s Stewardship PlanRULE 2 :If we are at a loss as to when and how and onwhat we are to spend our money, askourselves these 4 questions :1. "In spending this money, am I actingaccording to my character? Am I acting not asan owner, but as a steward of my Lords goods?
  39. 39. John Wesley’s Stewardship PlanRULE 2 :If we are at a loss as to when and how and onwhat we are to spend our money, askourselves these 4 questions :1. "In spending this money, am I actingaccording to my character? Am I acting not asan Am I giving this money inof my Lords to Gods2. owner, but as a steward obedience goods?Word? In what Scripture does God require meto spend this money?
  40. 40. John Wesley’s Stewardship PlanRULE 2 :If we are at a loss as to when and how and onwhat we are to spend our money, askourselves these 4 questions :1. "In spending this money, am I actingaccording to my character? Am I acting not asan Am I giving this money inof my Lords to Gods2. owner, but as a steward obedience goods?Word? IIn what Scripture does expenditure mea3. Can offer up this action or God require asto spendto God through Jesus Christ?sacrifice this money?
  41. 41. John Wesley’s Stewardship PlanRULE 2 :If we are at a loss as to when and how and onwhat we are to spend our money, askourselves these 4 questions :1. "In spending this money, am I actingaccording to my character? Am I acting not asan Am I giving this money inof my Lords to Gods2. owner, but as a steward obedience goods?Word? IIn what Scripture does expenditure mea3. Can offer up this action or God require asto Do I haveGod through Jesus that for this very spend this money?sacrifice to reason to believe Christ?4.work I will receive a reward at the resurrectionof the righteous?"
  42. 42. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15CONCLUSION :We are all STEWARDS of GodWhat kind of STEWARDS am I / are you ?“Faithful & Trustworthy” 1 Cor 3:10-15 Stewardship“Whatever It Takes (good & righteous way) ” Stewardship“End in mind” StewardshipWe are all ACCOUNTABLE forour STEWARDSHIPSong :“Thank You for Giving”
  43. 43. I OFFER MY LIFEAll that I am All that I haveI lay them down Before You O LordAll my regrets All my acclaimThe joy and the pain Im making them YoursLord I offer my life to YouEverything Ive been throughUse it for Your gloryLord I offer my days to You Lifting my praise to YouAs a pleasing sacrifice Lord I offer You my life
  44. 44. Things in the past I OFFER MY LIFEThings yet unseen Wishes and dreamsThat are yet to come throughAll of my hopes All of my plansMy heart and my hands Are lifted to YouBridge: What can we give That You have not given What do we have That is not already Yours All we possess Are these lives were living And thats what we give to You Lord

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