Notes for the sermon “Do I Have Too Much?”
1-Why is dealing with things/possessions such a problem? The material world will never satisfy us because we have eternity in our souls.
2-Does God expect me to give up everything?
3-How can I be faithful with what God has given me?
A-The witness of the Hebrew Scriptures Psalm 62.8 Trust God.
B-The witness of Jesus Matthew 6.19-33 Show your trust by not worrying and seeking first the kingdom of God.
Being content with what God has given you is.
D-The witness of James James 5.1-6 The wasting away of your treasure is a witness against you. The things you have done to gain your treasure is a witness against you.
E-The second witness of Paul 1 Timothy 6.17-19 Enjoy what God has given you.
4-Specifically, how can I be faithful with what God has given me?
A-It would be easier just to make rules.
B-Guidelines for faithful living
>I am going to use my resources to gain treasure in heaven. [I am going to invest in God’s work and help people in need.]
>I will not look down on those who have less than me.
>I will freely enjoy what God has given me without guilt.
>I will trust God to take care of me.
>I am going to be intentional about how I use my resources.
>I am willing to pray and let God guide me in how I use my resources. I believe if we earnestly seek God’s guidance, God will guide us.
>I will look at all of my resources as gifts from God, available for sharing as others need them and as God leads me.
>I will weed out anything that causes addiction.
1 Corinthians 6.12