Generous and Faithful
August 30, 2020
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I. Introduction and Text
II. The Content of the Parable
1. Live and give generously, for your eternal future (verses 1-9)
2. Recognize that you can only serve one master (verses 13-15)
3. Be faithful in all things (verses 10-12)
Questions For Discussion/Application:
- Re-read the text, Luke 16:1-15. What initial observations and insights do you have from reading this text?
Jesus applies the parable both as a comparison and as a contrast. In contrast to the manager, Jesus’ disciples must not use their money unrighteously, but like the manager they must use their money in such a way that they prepare for their future life. The sons of this world (or, “this age”) often show more concern and skill in taking care of their earthly well-being than do the sons of light (i.e., believers) in taking care of eternal matters. — ESV Study Bible)
- This passage teaches that believers are to be wise in investing in eternity. In what ways ought our attitude as Christians to be different towards money from those who don’t know Christ??
- Re-read verses 10-12. What does it mean practically to be faithful with the money and resources God has entrusted to us?
- Re-read verse 13. What is the person like whose god is money? What are their characteristics and qualities?
- In what subtle and not so subtle ways can we as believers be vulnerable at times to serving money rather than God? In other words, in what ways can love for money be expressed in our lives?
- What are the benefits to our own souls of investing generously in God’s kingdom?
- Consider taking time to pray that God would help us to live our lives investing our time and resources in God’s eternal kingdom.