The parable of the rich man is perhaps the most difficult story in the Bible for Christians to accept. Jesus tells a rich man that in order to truly get into heaven, he should give all his possessions to the poor and follow Jesus.
Several interpretations of this verse try to avoid the fact that this is about money, or that it doesn’t apply to us. But if we are seeking to follow Jesus, we can be thrown off too easily by money and material things.
Our money should not get in between us and God, but should be used as a vehicle to do God’s work. The ultimate question for all God’s followers is “What are you willing to give in order to pass through to the kingdom of heaven?”
“Holding On and Letting Go” Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Puckett Mark 10: 17-27 Nov. 10, 2019
It’s easy to look at the rich man in Luke 16:19-31 with judgement for his poor treatment of Lazarus.
But do we treat the Lazarus’ that exist in our life any differently? Do we truly practice what we preach? Do we treat every person as a child of God? Pastor Joe imagines how the conversation between the rich man and St. Peter may have went at the gates of heaven. What would our conversation at the gates of heaven look like?
The Word in Song: “Ready for a Change”
Soloist: Natalie Smith
“You Can’t Get There From Here”
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby
Luke 16: 19-31
Sept. 25, 2016