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Summary: Jesus teaching on treasures, worry & Judgment. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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SERMON OUTLINE:

• (a). Be different regarding Treasure (6:19-24)

• (b). Be different regarding Worry (6:25-34)

• (c). Be different regarding Judgement (vs 1-6)

SERMON BODY:

Ill:

• A mother became hysterical with panic because her little boy had swallowed a £1 coin.

• She turned to her husband and screamed for him to call a doctor.

• The husband picked up the phone, but instead of calling the doctor,

• He decided to call the local Church and ask for (insert your Church treasurer’s name).

• The wife was upset and said,

• “We don’t need the (Church treasurer’s name) we need some medical help!”

• To which the husband replied,

• “Hey, (Church treasurer’s name) is the Church treasurer and he can get money out of anyone!”

In this first section this morning (verses 19-24):

• Jesus dealt with money matters and he deals with it because… money matters!

• For some people, though, it matters too much.

• That’s why again and again Jesus dealt with money matters… because money matters!

Quote: Compassion Website:

• “More than half a billion (one in four) of the world's children live on less than $1 a day”

• At current exchange rate that is 63p a day.

• So please don’t tell me this morning that you are not well off;

• On a world scale you are loaded!

• But notice that Jesus starts this block of teaching with a warning against treasure;

• He deliberately broadens the topic from money to treasure.

• That is because while everyone does not have a lot of cash,

• Everyone with no exceptions! All of us have things that we treasure!

• i.e. Our treasure may be a home, a car, a computer, our clothes,

• i.e. Our treasure may be a position that we hold or seek after.

• We all have some treasure that we value very much indeed.

• While Jesus is not saying that it is wrong to have treasures,

• He is telling us that our focus should be on laying up treasures in heaven, not on earth.

Ill:

• An American tourist while on holiday;

• Ended up in the home of the 19th century Polish rabbi, Hofetz Chaim:

• The tourist was astonished to see that the rabbi’s home was very simple & almost bare;

• All he had was a few books, a table and a bench.

• The tourist asked him: “Rabbi, where is your furniture?”

• “Where is yours?” replied the rabbi.

• “Mine?” asked the puzzled American. “But I’m a visitor here. I’m only passing through.”

• “So am I,” said Hofetz Chaim.

• While Jesus is not saying that it is wrong to have treasures,

• He is telling us that our focus should be on laying up treasures in heaven, not on earth.

(A). Be different regarding Treasure (6:19-24):

• I want to say again that there is nothing wrong with treasures or with money;

• If God has blessed you with both then be thankful and grateful.


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