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

Text of The unjust steward luke 16 1 15

  • 1. What would you do ?

2. AseityGraciousnessImmanenceIncomprehensibilityInfinityJealousyLoveOmnibenevolence 3. OmnipotenceOmnipresenceOmniscienceOnenessProvidenceSovereigntyTranscendenceTrinity 4. WrathIMMUTABILITYHOLINESSRIGHTEOUSNESSVERACITY 5. Parable of the Unjust StewardLuke 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. 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 : WastingSame Gk word as in Luke 15:13Prodigal Son - the youngerson .... squandered his wealthin wild living. 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. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15v3 "Then the steward said within himself,What shall I do? For my master is takingthe stewardship away from me. I cannotdig; I am ashamed to beg.v4 I have resolved what to do, that when I amput out of the stewardship, they mayreceive me into their houses. 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. A hundred measures (bath) of oil. NIV: 800 gallons Produced by an orchard of about140-160 olive trees... Total worth : 1,000 Denarii 50% reduction = 500 Denarii 11. V 7 Then he said to another, And howmuch do you owe?So he said, A hundred measures ofwheat.And he said to him, Take your bill, andwrite eighty. 12. A hundred measures (cor) of wheat.NIV: About 1000 bushelsProduce from about 100 acresTotal Worth : 2,500 3,000 denarii20 % reduction about 500 denarii Only two eg stated Most likely there were others .... 13. V 8 So the master commended theunjust steward because he haddealt shrewdly.Clarification : It is the master (rich owner) whocommended not Jesus. the master never said what thesteward did was right the master only praised him forbeing shrewdParable of the Unjust StewardLuke 16:1-15 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. V 8b For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. sons of this worldEph 2:2 ... when you followed the waysof this world and of the ruler of thekingdom of the air, the spirit who is nowat work in those who are disobedient.... sons of lightEph 5:8 For you were once darkness, butnow you are light in the Lord. Live aschildren of light1 Thess 5:5 You are all sons of the lightand sons of the day. We do not belong tothe night or to the darkness. 16. NKJV v9 "And I say to you, make friends foryourselves by unrighteous mammon,that when you fail, they may receive you into aneverlasting home.JB Phillips : Now my advice to you is to use money,tainted as it is, to make yourselves friends, sothat when it comes to an end, they maywelcome you into eternal habitations.NLT Heres the lesson: Use your worldly resources tobenefit others and make friends. Then,when your earthly possessions are gone, theywill welcome you to an eternal home. 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. there are no small thingsin Gods Kingdom.... sm 19. SPECIAL NOTICE: CHRISTIAN PREACHERS STAY FORFREE. Just present your name-card.The Management 20. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15v11 So if you have not been trustworthy inhandling worldly wealth, who will trustyou with true riches?ie. worldly wealth true riches (Matt 6:19-21)v12 And if you have not been trustworthy withsomeone elses property, who will give youproperty of your own?Eg : Parable of the Talents (Matt 25) 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. 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. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15APPLICATION :This Parable is about StewardshipStewardship of our finances dealingsFinancial Dealings involve MONEY... 24. Teachings of JesusJesus taught on Faith, Prayer,Baptism, Lords Supper and Money.Most time was spend on .... ? 38 parables 19 on money > 2,350 verses on moneyVs about 500 verses on prayer,& < 500 verses on faith 10% of Gospel verses on Money16 X more verses than baptism32 X more verses than LordsSupperThats how impt MONEY was to Jesus 25. Defined money as :"an article whichmay be used as auniversal passport to everywhere EXCEPT HEAVEN, &as a universal provider foreverythingEXCEPT HAPPINESS." 26. Stewardship definitely involves MONEY ...So what is our attitude towards MONEY ?What is the Tithe ? 10 % givingSo 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. Stewardship involves MONEY ... But STEWARDSHIP MONEY It includes .... 28. Conclusion :This Parable is about STEWARDSHIP+Faithful & Trustworthy StewardshipWhatever It Takes Stewardship (good & righteous way) Eg Kerri Strug 29. Kerri STRUG 1996 OLYMPICS 30. "whatever it takes" 31. Conclusion :This Parable is about STEWARDSHIP+Faithful & Trustworthy StewardshipWhatever It Takes Stewardship (good & righteous way)End in mind Stewardship 32. OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS The last Olympic gold medal that was actuallymade 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. What would you do ? 34. CONCLUSION :We are all STEWARDS of GodIn Luke 16 steward Gk oikonomos1 Cor 4:1-2 Let a man so account of us, as ofthe ministers of Christ, and STEWARDS of themysteries of God. Moreover it is required inSTEWARDS, that a man be found faithful.1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received thegift, even so minister the same one toanother, as good STEWARDS of the manifoldgrace of God. Parable of the Unjust Steward Luke 16:1-15 35. John Wesleys 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. John Wesleys 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. John Wesleys 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. John Wesleys 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. John Wesleys 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. John Wesleys Stewardship Pla