MARCH 27, 2022 SHENUMC 9AM WORSHIP SERVICE

Sunday Worship Services:

Sanctuary & online - 9AM and 10:45 AM

Mar. 27, 2022

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The Walk

“Give”

Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 18:18-23; Acts 20:35

1.   Introduction:

a.   Worship and Prayer: A Living Hallelujah

b.   Study: The Importance of Listening and Paying Attention

c.    Serve: Here I Am, Lord, Send Me

d.   Give: Where Your Treasure Is

e.   Share: Going Fishing, Reflecting Light

f.    The Five Practices From The Cross

2.   Give:

a.    Money has no power over our lives, it’s simply an object or a thing.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…” (1 Timothy 6:10a)

i.    Jesus implies it is what money means to us that gives it the power.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Matthew 6:19)

ii.    Jesus gives us the prescription for the power problem.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal."

iii.    Jesus makes clear our relationship with money can either sabotage our spiritual life or deepen and support it.

b.    Where our money goes, our heart follows.

i.    Where is our heart focused?

•    Hedonism, drawn from the Greek word for pleasure, is a philosophy that taught that the highest good is pleasure and that the chief end of humanity is to maximize pleasure and to minimize pain.

•    Our acquiring things often brings little joy for very long. 

ii.    The rich young ruler…

A certain ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?  Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother.’” 21 He replied, “I have kept all these since my youth.” 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 23 But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich.  (Luke 18:20-23)

•    From outward appearances, the rich young ruler was a pretty good guy.

•    The rich young ruler didn’t have a money problem…he had a heart problem.

•    Jesus asked him to give it all away and receive treasure in heaven.

iii.    Zacchaeus, the tax collector…

Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” (Luke 19: 18)

•    From outward appearances, the tax collector was a really bad guy.

•    Zacchaeus’s heart was broken/laid bare in the presence of Jesus, and he immediately proclaimed he would give half of his possessions to the poor and to those he defrauded he would make restitution.

•    Jesus listened to Zacchaeus and in that moment offered him salvation.

“Today salvation has come to this house…” (Luke 19:9)

c.    Jesus is the doctor and He prescribed each of the men medicine based off his specific heart problem.  

i.    The reason it's hard for us to follow Jesus is because we need to surrender our whole lives to him.

ii.    For many of us, that includes surrendering our grasp on our money because of what it represents in our lives—safety, security, comfort, luxury or whatever. 

iii.    The love of money keeps us from having a full and authentic relationship with Christ based off love and trust.

iv.    Scripture encourages us to tithe (offering God the first 10%) through a local church as a tangible expression that everything we have comes from God.  

d.    We can do more together than we can ever do on our own.

3. Conclusion:

a.    Three habits or practices that play a key part in helping us to experience “the good life.”

i.    Gratitude, giving thanks for what we have.

ii.    Live and give purposefully.

iii.    Practice generosity toward God and others.

“In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Act 20:35)

b.    We were created in the image of God, and God is generous.

Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27 He replied, “What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.” (Luke 18:26-27)

c.    Live with an open hand!