The Rich Man's Desperate Pleas And The Morals And Mysteries

The poor man is in bliss while the Rich Man is in agony Even in hell hasn’t repented – come and serve me…..not in a good place! Selfishness of the rich man persists – make poor man his servant or his messenger and only for his brothers…what of the rest of mankind? Do we only pray for our families? Heaven and hell are absolute and nothing can go between – In heaven people know God’s perfect presence, in hell they don’t. In heaven people know joy and no pain, in hell they … [Read more...]

The Great Reversal – Rich Man Beware!

We must understand that God will not be mocked. He wants us to care for the needy, understanding the grace we have received should make us gracious to others. These study notes continue the background to my recent sermon. The video is now available: By Adrian Warnock23 August 2009download video or download audioJesus says that since we have Freely received, we should freely give (Matthew 10:8) John Piper: “The more sacrificially generous you are on earth, the greater will be your enjoyment … [Read more...]

What Was The Rich Man's Sin?

I am continuing to share my own study notes that helped me to prepare for my sermon on the Rich Man and Lazarus. We move today to ask what it was that the rich man did wrong. Jesus’ teaching, and much of the NT is so pro-poor and anti-rich we have to ask ourselves the question, was the problem just that he was rich? Which are we? Important question as the truth is we are unbelievably rich in world terms. We all like to think of ourselves as spiritually rich but physically poor, maybe the … [Read more...]

The Shocking Parable of The Rich Man And Lazarus – Luke 16

The video of the sermon I preached this morning is available here: By Adrian Warnock23 August 2009download video or download audioThese notes are the first part of a set of full study notes that I used during the preparation of this sermon. They contain more material than I could actually preach, particularly in terms of the quotes. But, it demonstrates how helpful I find my Logos Bible Software in preparing. Every quote except one was found using that program, and you will see how some … [Read more...]

Learning About Prayer From The Persistent Widow

Last Sunday Dave Pask spoke about The Persistent Widow - Luke 18:1-8 as part of our August series on the parables.. With all the recent interest stirred up online about prayer thanks to John Piper's response to Terry Virgo's recent sermon on Elijah I thought it would be good to share this very helpful talk here. You can watch it here or download it from the Jubilee site or subscribe to the Jubilee vodcast or podcast in iTunes or on your iPhone. … [Read more...]

Graham Daniels On The Parable of the Banquet Luke 14

A few things happened before we get to our passage. First Jesus heals someone with dropsy on the Sabbath, no less. Later, someone speaks to Jesus, and he just blanked him. Jesus sees to the heart. The message is that you accept a general invitation but when the specific invite comes you treat it with contempt.The master sends out for the poor, blind and lame. He is angry. They had said yes, but it was all a lie. Get out to the people who wouldn’t normally be invited. Make them come in. They … [Read more...]

Don Carson on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Don began by explaining the importance of considering context of bible verses by using the phrase “there is no God.” Which of course is not an advocacy of atheism when seen with the preceding phrase “The fool says in his heart”The Good Samaritan is not merely saying that we should be kind to neighbours. We need to consider this in its immediate context and in its broader context. The teacher is trying to test Jesus and asks Jesus what he need to do to inherit. Yet an inheritance is a … [Read more...]

Richard Cunningham on The Parable of the Sower – Luke 7

God’s word and Men and women’s hearts were made for each other.Sowing Jesus knew how to sway a crowd. The seed falls on different kinds of soil. In a sense this is the most unsurprising story to a rural community. They know some seed doesn’t grow. Cant have been his most electrifying story on one level. He is sifting the crowd. Jesus does this often, for example when he told the crowd to eat is flesh! Why have we come to this conference? Are you hungry for him? For his word? Or do you … [Read more...]

Hugh Palmer on The Parable of the Nobleman – Luke 19

There are obvious traces of Jesus’ own story here. It is not an entirely original account, however. It is likely that it was loosely based on something that would be very familiar to Jesus’ hearers. Herod had gone to Rome to persuade the emperor to make him King. The Jews had send a delegation to protest. He had returned as king and massacred hundreds at the first Passover. This is a tale with lessons for the return of the King. 1. How to be a looser in the long run: Be a rebel in the short … [Read more...]

Don Carson on The Rich Man and Lazarus – Luke16

Is Jesus just saying that there will be a reversal of what happens on earth? Is it "Live well, end up in hell?" There are some contextual clues that suggest this is not the case eg. "Whoever can be trusted with little, can be trusted with much." "No one can serve two masters" Money easily becomes a master. We become what we worship. What we pursue, we covert. Luke 16:14-15 Pharisees were sneering at him - they tilted up their noses. God knows the heart. What people highly value is … [Read more...]