Jesus wraps up His teaching to the disciples on how to pray with two illustrations and one central theme. The focus of the illustrations is the highlight the truth of the central theme, which is Jesus wants His followers to simply be persistent and regular in their prayer. The key to effectiveness is persisting in the principles Jesus has taught in His model prayer.
It’s the topic that we all know is there in the church but no one wants to talk about…money. Any yet, Jesus talked more about money than any other subject. In this mini-series we will look at some key biblical principles about money. Some of what the Bible says may surprise and some will surely challenge. It’s time to acknowledge and address this elephant in the church.
In this first message of the series we learn…
The world is full of things to treasure and full of people who treasure these things. However, Jesus tells us in Luke 12 that if we treasure anything as more valuable than God then we are certain to find our hearts filled with fear and anxiety. Money and things are not meant to be treasured in and of themselves, instead God has given us money and things for a purpose. The purpose of money is to maximize our treasure in heaven, treasuring God as infinitely more valuable than anything.
As Jesus enters Jerusalem in what is known as the Triumphal Entry, He is surrounded by crowds who are praising Him as God’s true king. The religious leaders view this as blasphemy and demand that Jesus silence the crowd. Jesus’ response to the religious leaders is somewhat peculiar. Instead of a simply “no,” Jesus makes a statement about rocks crying out. His statement uncovers for us a great deal about our purpose on earth and the outcome if we choose to be a silent majority rather than a vocal public witness to who Jesus is.
Zacchaeus was a wee little man…a man whose life was transformed through his encounter with Jesus. As his story comes to a close, Jesus makes the declaration that He has come to seek and to save that which is lost – those who are like Zacchaeus was. Now, He desires to accomplish this through His followers and when He does it is one of the most joyous occasions in our lives.