Sins of the Rich Man

Text: Luke 16:19-31

Focused Only on This Life (v. 19)

  • Nothing wrong with riches (1 Timothy 6:17) or enjoying life (Ecclesiastes 11:9)
  • But wealth & enjoyment are not our ultimate goal (1 Timothy 6:9; Ecclesiastes 7:2-3)
  • If we’re not careful, these can turn us away from God (Luke 8:14)
  • This world is only temporary (1 John 2:17) — we must lay up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21)

Ignored the Needs of Others (v. 20-21)

  • Generosity and a willingness to help should be characteristics of Christians (Galatians 6:10)
  • Our responsibility is dependent upon our ability (2 Corinthians 8:12)

Did Not Appeal to God (v. 23-24)

  • Interesting that this man appealed to Abraham for mercy — God is the one to whom we should appeal for mercy (Romans 9:15)
  • Abraham was the father of the faithful (Romans 4:11) — but our faith must be in God, not in Abraham

Believed He Was Superior to Others (v. 24)

  • The Scriptures teach that all men are equal (Genesis 1:27; Acts 17:26)
  • This doesn’t mean that one man can’t have others that serve or work for him (Colossians 4:1) — but it must be in an arrangement where the worker/servant is compensated (James 5:4)

Had No Faith in the Power of the Word (v. 27-30)

  • We have everything we need in the word of God (John 20:30-31)
  • The gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16)

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