Our teaching over the next couple of weeks centres on two of Jesus’s parables. When we think of the parables, we think of those such as the ones we explored a fortnight ago – the Lost Trilogy (sheep, coin, and son); or the Good Samaritan. These are familiar and comforting to us; many of us would have known them from childhood. There are many other parables that Jesus told (a substantial part of his teaching was made up of parables) that are less familiar to us, the parable of the shrewd manager and the rich man and Lazarus being examples of this. They are less familiar, perhaps because they are more complex, more challenging, more disturbing even. In the case of the two parables in Luke 16, I wonder if they are less popular and well-known because Jesus is challenging an area of our lives that we like to keep private – that is, money and the call to be generous and prioritise treasure in heaven over earthly wealth. As we listen to God’s word together over the next couple of weeks, let’s be open to what the Spirit might be saying to us, even in the midst of any discomfort we may feel.
Weekly Prayer Guide
Growing in God
How often do you pray about the way you use your money and resources? Allow God to speak to you about this issue. Is he prompting you to be more generous?
Loving each other
Pray and give thanks for our children and youth leaders, that God would bless them as they serve in this ministry.
Serving our community
Pray and give thanks for our uniformed groups and the role they have in the community. Pray for the provision of new leaders, especially for the Scout sections.
Bible Verse for the Week
10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”