Some Things That Money Cannot Buy

Text: Hebrews 13:5 We live in a materialistic society. The problem is not money or the things it will buy, but our attitude toward these things. While money will buy a lot of things, there are some things that money cannot buy. It is important that we recognize the limits of money and, therefore, place our trust […]

The Great Gain of Godliness

Text: 1 Timothy 6:3-10 Why do we serve God? Some are motivated by a hope of material gain. Others are motivated by spiritual gain. Many are motivated by both. In this lesson, we will consider Paul’s words to Timothy about the dangers of being motivated by material gain and what is the great gain of godliness. The […]

Riches: What Does the Bible Say?

Text: Luke 8:14 There is a clear spiritual danger that is posed by the riches of this life. This doesn’t mean we must give away all that we own. But we cannot allow riches to take precedence over our service to God. We have all been blessed with varying amounts of riches. We need to […]

Our Entertainment Culture

Our society is saturated with entertainment in various forms – movies, television, music, the internet, video games, sporting events, etc. Even during economic hardship, Americans are paying billions of dollars a year for movie tickets alone. While occasional entertainment may be fine, our consumption of it must be regulated by the Scriptures. In evaluating our […]

“Easier for a Camel to Go through the Eye of a Needle”

Text: Matthew 19:23-26 This is one of the difficult statements of Jesus. It almost seems as though He is discouraging certain people from following Him (the rich). Yet this is not meant to be discouraging, but a warning. Riches are a potential danger to one’s spiritual well-being. What Jesus Does Not Say Jesus does not […]

Some Lessons from Elisha

Text: 1 Kings 19:16 Requested a Double Portion of Elijah’s Spirit (2 Kings 2:6-14) Not referring to a greater ability to prophesy or perform miracles, but it had to do with the desire to follow in the footsteps of his master and continue his work (cf. Deuteronomy 21:17) Those who have led us are worthy […]

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 […]