September 27, 2015 | Sermon Notes
Illustration on wasteful spending
More than a quarter of Jesus’ parables deal with finances and money directly.
1. God gives us great authority over His money and possessions – with this freedom comes great opportunity.
2. Our authority ends then meets accountability.
This principle is critical. In the day the steward stands before his Master and Maker, it will not matter how many people on earth knew his name, how many called him great, and how many considered him a fool. It will not matter whether schools and hospitals were named after him, whether his estate was large or small, whether his funeral drew ten thousand or not a one. It will not matter what the newspapers or history books said or didn’t say. What will matter is one thing and one thing only—what his Master thinks of him. – Randy Alcorn
The master commends him for his responsibility in business and his preparation for the future.
3. Jesus calls on followers to use money wisely with eternity in mind.
4. How does Jesus determine if we’re wasteful or wise?
a. It’s not a matter of how much we have, but what we do with what we have.
Taylors Giving, 2 years ago | 1/1/2013 – 9/30/2013
57% of giving units contributed.
43% gave nothing
Taylors Giving, today | 1/1/2015 – 9/20/2015
62% of giving units contributed.
37% gave nothing
Through last Sunday (Sept. 20) our undesignated giving was $225,677 or 5.4% under the same 38 week period of 2014.
Through August, we have a deficit of $107,195 in meaning our receipts are short of expenses by this amount.
b. Jesus sees money as a tool for people and eternal impact.
1) Provide for family.
2) Provide for your spiritual community.
3) Provide for those in need.
4) Provide for kingdom expansion.
c. There is no fence-sitting: you cannot serve God and yourself.