Discipleship Lessons from Luke: Greed

Sermon & Small Group Resources

This is the sixth of nine sermons in our series on ‘Discipleship Lessons from Luke’. This sermon is on ‘Greed’. Preacher: The Rev’d Adam Lowe. Bible Reading: Luke 12:13-21

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BIBLE READING: Luke 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

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CONNECT: What is one area of hypocrisy that you need to address this week?
BONUS: On which one of your front lines can you acknowledge Jesus as Lord this week?

WARM-UP Question

  1. Do you think our culture in Australia has a problem with greed? Why or why not?

  2. In what way do you think consumerism intensifies or perpetuates greed?

READ Luke 12:13-15

  1. What exactly was the man hoping for Jesus to resolve? Why do you think he went to Jesus with this particular issue and question?

  2. How can situations like this still be the cause for conflict and problems today?

  3. Is it wealth (in and of itself) bad? How would you define greed? How is greed not just about money?

  4. Why must we “watch out” and “be on guard’’ against it? What do you think are the best ways to strive for this as a follower of Jesus?

  5. Have you ever been tempted to strive for meaning through the acquisitions of more possessions (or friendships, or achievements, or money, etc)? Do you think this works? Why or why not?

READ Luke 12:16-21

  1. What strikes you most about the man’s approach in this parable? What makes him so foolish?

  2. What are the three problems with greed that appear apparent in the parable?

  3. In what way does the man fail to acknowledge the true source of his wealth? Is this dangerous?

  4. How can self-attribution of wealth lead to a self-serving use of it? How have you known this to be true?

  5. Why does wealth ultimate fail to provide true satisfaction and security?

  6. If we look to wealth for our ultimate satisfaction and security, how can in become an idol?

  7. What does it mean to be rich towards God? What difference does it make to know that God was first rich towards us (especially through and in Jesus)?

  8. Why do you think showing richness towards God is the best antidote to greed? What are the regular rhythms of showing richness towards God that you would like to develop/instil more in your life?

APPLY: Is there an area of greed that you need to address in your life?

PRAYER

Gracious God, we thank you for the incredible riches that you have poured out in us through your Son and in the power of your Spirit. Please show us any forms of greed that are apparent in our lives. Please prevent us from buying into the myth and delusion of greed. Please help us to grow in generosity towards you, not in order to earn salvation, but in response to your great generosity. Amen.

GOING DEEPER

WITH CHILDREN