Pastor Kevin Manning and Pastor Shane Ham : Escaping the Kingdom of Thingdom

Escaping the Kingdom of Thingdom · 51:42 · Recorded February 12, 2017

Escaping the Kingdom of Thingdom

Luke 12:1, 13-23, 29-34 (ESV, HCSB) 1In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy…” 13Someone from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14“Friend,” He said to him, “who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.” 16Then He told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive. 17He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? 18I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods there. 19Then I’ll say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.” 20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?’ 21“That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” 22Then He said to His disciples: “Therefore I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear. 23For life is more than food and the body more than clothing…29Don’t keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. 30For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31”But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. 32Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Make money-bags for yourselves that won’t grow old, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Identifying the kingdom

It is a life dominated by material things.

Luke 3:9-16 (HCSB) 9”Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” 10“What then should we do?” the crowds were asking him. 11He replied to them, “The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same.” 12Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13He told them, “Don’t collect any more than what you have been authorized.” 14Some soldiers also questioned him: “What should we do?” He said to them, “Don’t take money from anyone by force or false accusation; be satisfied with your wages.” 15Now the people were waiting expectantly, and all of them were debating in their minds whether John might be the Messiah. 16John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Observing it’s citizens

They don’t see the subtle power of greed.

Proverbs 27:20 (GN) Human desires are like the world of the dead—there is always room for more.

1 Timothy 6:9 (TLB) But people who long to be rich soon begin to do all kinds of wrong things to get money, things that hurt them and make them evil-minded and finally send them to hell itself.

They don’t see beyond themselves.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 (GN) If you love money, you will never be satisfied; if you long to be rich, you will never get all you want. It is useless.

They don’t see beyond this life.

Escaping its influence.

1. Acknowledge God’s ownership of all that you have!

Job 41:11 (HCSB) Everything under heaven belongs to Me.

Psalm 24:11 (HCSB) The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord.

Haggai 2:8 (BBE) ”The silver is mine, and the gold is mine”, declares the Lord of Armies.

2. Invite God’s help in shaping your lifestyle.

Deuteronomy 8:18 (GW) But remember the Lord your God is the one who makes you wealthy. He’s confirming the promise which he swore to your ancestors. It’s still in effect today.

3. Discover God’s instructions for handling your wealth.

4. Follow God’s promptings in using your wealth.

2 Corinthians 8:9 (GW) You know about the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor in order to make you rich through his poverty.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Luke 11:39-42 (GN) 39So the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of your cup and plate, but inside you are full of violence and evil. 40Fools! Did not God, who made the outside, also make the inside? 41But give what is in your cups and plates to the poor, and everything will be ritually clean for you. 42″How terrible for you Pharisees! You give to God one tenth of the seasoning herbs, such as mint and rue and all the other herbs, but you neglect justice and love for God. These you should practice, without neglecting the others.

Study & Discussion Questions
  • Describe how God spoke to you through this message. What was the greatest takeaway for you today? Share in your small group.
  • Review the passage from Luke on the front of your notes. What was Jesus warning against in verse 15 when he said, “Watch out!”? What problems did the man in this parable face? Why did this displease God?
  • What do you think about the man’s attitude in Luke 19, “…Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself” in our society? How can this attitude change your relationship with God?
  • Read Luke 12:13-21. This parable of the rich fool shows us the effect of greed. Jesus calls us to share our resources with others for the sake of God’s kingdom. What is your reaction to: “a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”?
  • Of the four points Shane made toward the end of his message, which is most impactful in your life? Why? What scripture speaks to that promise for you?
  • In what way is your life dominated by material things? Do you see this in your thought life? Is it reflected in your checkbook? What can you do this week to escape its influence?
  • Talk to your kids this week about keeping things in perspective. Job 41:11 says “everything under Heaven belongs to me”, share this perspective with your kids . Look around the room and have them point out the “things” they have. Do your children have a penny bank or savings account? Ask them who that belongs to and how they should take care of it.
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