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Luke 16 - NIV

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

1 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.

2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg—

4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

6 “‘Nine hundred gallons[a] of olive oil,’ he replied.
“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’
“‘A thousand bushels[b] of wheat,’ he replied.
“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.

9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.

15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

Additional Teachings

16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it.

17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus


a. Luke 16:6 Or about 3,000 liters
b. Luke 16:7 Or about 30 tons

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Kerry Haynes avatar
Mary's Praise
Shared by: Kerry Haynes on Dec, 2016
Summary: God chose Mary to birth the Savior of the world. This message looks at Mary's song, her Magnficat, and examines her love of scripture, her love for God, and her humble spirit. Mary calls each of us to magnify God at work in and around us.
Tim Smith avatar
The Shrewd Steward
Shared by: Tim Smith on Sep, 2016
Summary: A sermon on the Parable of The Shrewd Steward
Series: Storyteller
Scripture: Luke 16:1-8
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 489
Curtis E. Nester avatar
Parable of the Unjust Steward
Shared by: Curtis E. Nester on Sep, 2016
Summary: A puzzling parable which is actually explains itself when we read it carefully. The contrast between the children of the world and Christians in the way they manage what is entrusted to them. Our accountability to God.
Martin Ellgar avatar
The Shrewd Manager
Shared by: Martin Ellgar on Sep, 2016
Summary: A perspective on the parable Luke 16: 1-13; The parable of the shrewd manager. The story builds up to a bunch-line. What is the punch-line in this parable? It is the focal point for discussion and the opportunity for Jesus to bring healing into your life.
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Heavenly Purposes for Filthy Lucre
Shared by: I. G. Spong on Sep, 2016
Summary: What did Jesus teach about money?
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 62
Ernie Arnold avatar
Who Is At Your Gate
Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Sep, 2016
Summary: This message is about reaching out to those who lie outside of our gates - be they Lazarus or the Rich Man. As Jesus reached out so too should the Body of Christ. May it be ever be so true today!
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Dollars and Jesus Sense
Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Aug, 2016
Summary: Jesus teaches us about money/stewardship. A great formula for being a good steward is to: 1. Gain all we can 2. Save all we can 3. Invest in the lives of others all that we can (Adapted from John Wesley's Sermon on Money)
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: *other
Views: 4,007
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Faithful in Little
Shared by: Duncan Hamilton on May, 2016
Summary: A sermon inspired by the book For The Glory by Duncan Hamilton.
Scripture: Luke 16:10-13
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,987
William R. Nabaza avatar
Highly esteemed among men are abomination before GOD
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD is not pleased or impressed with hypocrites and proud people but is detested and these people are abomination before GOD.
Scripture: Luke 16:15
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 242
William R. Nabaza avatar
Law vs gospel preaching
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD marked the transition of the old testament to the new testament through the entry of John, the Baptist, a marker and now it's Kingdom time for all of us. The Kingdom of GOD is JESUS CHRIST Himself.
Scripture: Luke 16:16
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 240
Tim Smith avatar
Developing a Financial Plan
Shared by: Tim Smith on Feb, 2016
Summary: This message is about financial freedom and how you can achieve it no matter how you’ve handled your money in the past. God wants all of us to experience financial freedom from debt, where you are liberated from anxiety
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 222
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Being Clever in the Kingdom of God
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Jul, 2015
Summary: If we are led by the Spirit of God, then we will find clever ways to advance His mission on earth.
Greg Brown avatar
Foundation Seven: Financial Faithfulness in Marriage
Shared by: Greg Brown on Jul, 2015
Summary: A study on how to be financially faithful in marriage
Fr Mund Cargill Thompson avatar
A Celebration of Giving
Shared by: Fr Mund Cargill Thompson on Jun, 2015
Summary: The first of 3 sermons that formed our Stewardship (Giving) Campaign for 2015, this sermon starts by celebrating the huge amounts of God-inspired generosity that are already going on in our church.
Scripture: Luke 16:17-24
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 398
Michael Stark avatar
Making Friends with Unrighteous Money
Shared by: Michael Stark on Jun, 2015
Summary: Jesus instructs through a parable how those who follow Him are to be stewards of all they possess.
Freddy Fritz avatar
Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Apr, 2015
Summary: I would like to set before you some biblical principles and practical implications of marriage, divorce, and remarriage.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 16:18
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 2,950
Freddy Fritz avatar
The Law and the Kingdom of God
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Apr, 2015
Summary: The analysis of the response of Jesus to the Pharisees' ridicule in Luke 16:14-18 teaches about their misunderstanding of possessions, the kingdom of God, and the law.
Scripture: Luke 16:14-18
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 400
Freddy Fritz avatar
The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Apr, 2015
Summary: The parable of the dishonest manager in Luke 16:1-13 teaches us about the proper attitude toward possessions.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 827
Craig Condon avatar
Big Things Come in Small Packages
Shared by: Craig Condon on Mar, 2015
Summary: God wants us to pray when we are in a difficult situation, but he also wants us to act. Pick up the phone Ask for help from a family member or friend. Learn some new skills. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t sit there passively.
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 564
William R. Nabaza avatar
Dishonest manager
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Feb, 2015
Summary: To show that we can be both: faithful steward and saved in Heaven.
Scripture: Luke 16:8
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 717
William R. Nabaza avatar
Faithful in the least
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Feb, 2015
Summary: To show that being faithful and being dishonest has nothing to do with how big or small you are handling.
Scripture: Luke 16:10
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,320
Mark Opperman avatar
Breaking Free from Mammon
Shared by: Mark Opperman on Nov, 2014
Summary: We need to break free from the spirit of Mammon, which causes us to crave more, having less to show for it. Mammon wants to keep you enslaved and distracted from following God fully, but God wants you to be free!
Scripture: Luke 16:9-15
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,355
Dave McFadden avatar
“Transforming How I See and Use Money”
Shared by: Dave McFadden on Nov, 2014
Summary: God wants to teach us how to be biblically shrewd with money.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,245
Dennis Davidson avatar
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Oct, 2014
Summary: Our attitude toward money & how we use it is a barometer of our spiritual state. It reveals whether we are foolishly thinking only of the present or astutely looking to eternity. What is the purpose of money anyway?
Series: Parables
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 10,861
Lauro C Hernandez avatar
Shared by: Lauro C Hernandez on Oct, 2014
Scripture: Luke 16:8-9
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 415
Tim Smith avatar
Hell and Being a Disciple
Shared by: Tim Smith on May, 2014
Summary: So what difference does it make? If Hell is real, what difference not only does it make in how you live your life today but what difference does it make in being a disciple of Jesus
Series: Hell....NO!
Scripture: Luke 16:18-31
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 314
David Taylor avatar
The Parable of the Dishonest Manager: Living Shrewdly
Shared by: David Taylor on Feb, 2014
Summary: Being an Authentic Follower of Jesus: The Parable of the Dishonest Manager: Living Shrewdly
David Taylor avatar
Living Generously
Shared by: David Taylor on Feb, 2014
Summary: Being an Authentic Follower of Jesus: Living Generously
Scripture: Luke 16:14-31
Views: 1,542
John Lowe avatar
Handling Money
Shared by: John Lowe on Jan, 2014
Summary: The first commandment of the world is “self-preservation”. A shady business deal is winked at, questionable practices tolerated, and a clever crook is highly praised by the world. The law is on the side of the crook and the criminal many times.
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 734
Davon Huss avatar
Those Who Love Religion
Shared by: Davon Huss on Dec, 2013
Summary: A sermon on Luke 16:14-15 addressed to those who love religion and focusing on why man's religion can be a bad thing (Adapted from John MacArthur at: http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-209/why-false-teachers-mock-the-truth-part-1)