Summary: Money Talks & the Power of Patience (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: James chapter 5 verse 1-11.
• Albert Einstein was invited to speak Swarthmore College.
• It was to be at a banquet held in his honour.
• Hundreds of people from all over the country came along;
• They crowded an auditorium to hear what he had to say.
• When it came time for him to speak,
• The greatest physicist walked to the lectern,
• Solemnly looked around, and said,
• “Ladies and gentlemen, I am very sorry, but I have nothing to say.” Then he sat down.
• The audience was in shock.
• A few seconds later, Einstein got up, walked back to the podium, and spoke again.
• “In case I have something to say, I will come back and say it.”
• Six months later he wired the president of the college with the message:
• “Now I have something to say.”
• Another dinner was held, and Einstein made his speech.
This evening I feel the opposite of Einstein:
• Because I have too much to say!
• The passage I’ve been given to speak on divides into two parts:
• So therefore you are getting two mini sermons instead of one main sermon.
• Now this evening you are going to get the highlights and not the full match.
• Full football match lasts for about 90mins,
• Highlights on Match of The Day last about 10mins.
• This evening you are getting the highlights;
• The key points.
• There are a number of expressions that are hard to understand;
• They make uncomfortable reading.
• But in the time I have to look at this passage;
• I haven’t got the ability or the knowledge to explain it all.
• So if I miss out a phrase or a verse you want explaining fuller;
• Then go home and do your own investigations into the passage!
• As mentioned already the passages divide into two parts:
• In the N.I.V. Bible they are headed
• Verses 1-6: Warning to Rich Oppressors.
• Verses 7-11: Patience in Suffering.
(Sermon 1). A Warning to Rich Oppressors.
• In this section;
• James issues two very practical warnings to the wealthy:
• Now most of us would not consider ourselves wealthy,
• Quote: a famous comedian: "If ‘money talks’ all it ever says to me is good-bye"
• Because most of us would not consider ourselves wealthy,
• The temptation is to apply these verses to others and not ourselves;
• Now don’t do that!
• Because we (each person here) are extremely wealthy;
• On a world scale we are all very, very wealthy.
• i.e. We all have food, clothes, shelter & probably some money in the bank.
• If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...
• You are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.
• If you have never experienced the danger of battle,
• The loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation;
• You are ahead of 500 million people in the world.