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Sermon Outline Feb 11, 2007

Title: Being Rich with God OT: Psalm 42
Text: Luke 12:13-21; Romans 8:29 Epistle: Eph 1:3-11 All praise to God, the Father of our
Telling: Outline Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
1. Introduction – God’s two great purposes with mankind. His in the heavenly realms because we are united to Christ. 4 Even
general plan for all, (salvation 1 Tim 2:4) and His personal before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to
plan for each (sanctification Romans 8:29, 1 Thes 5:23 ). be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to
adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through
Unsaved, Carnal Christians, Spiritual Christians. Going home!
Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great
2. Parable of the Rich Fool!
pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured
+ The circumstances of Jesus telling this Parable
out on us who belong to his dear Son.[a] 7 He is so rich in kindness
+ Jesus’ mission was spiritual, not legal, political, or civil.
and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son
+ The Parable summarized! Relates to OT reading (Ecc. 5:15)
and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along
and Epistle reading (Eph. 1:3).
+ Sanctification = Are you Rich with God? with all wisdom and understanding. 9 God has now revealed to us
+ Nothing wrong with wealth, security, savings! But!!! his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good
pleasure. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring
everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in
The Riches of the Christian’s Life: heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with
Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,[b] for he chose
1. The Meaning of being Rich with God us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his
-Growing: not standing still or backwards plan.
-Growing in child-likeness with the Father
- -Growing in likeness to Jesus
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
-Growing in being led by the Spirit 13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my
brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” 14 Jesus replied,
“Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as
2. The Means of being Rich with God that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of
-Private: Prayer, Scripture, Confession of sin greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” 16 Then he
-Public: Worship together, Lord’s Supper, Fellowship told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine
crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room
3. The Marks of being Rich with God for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns
-More aware of sin, evil, devil and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my
-Increased love of Jesus and the Father wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My
-Increased interest in spiritual things friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take
-Increased love and kindness to others it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You
fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you
Are you growing as a Child of God? worked for?’ 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth
Closing Prayer: prayer for spiritual growth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Father God, I pray for spiritual growth. Enable
me to develop a child-like spirit; a likeness to
Jesus; and a willingness to be led by Your
Spirit. In the Name of Jesus, and the power of
Holy Spirit. Amen!
A had a lot of unusual experiences lately. I was
hitchhiking the other day, and a hearse stopped. I said,
"No thanks-I'm not going that far." /Then I came Our Father God doesn’t ask for explanations, and
across a 5 year old, and I asked him, “what does the we don’t have to make excuses to Him. He already
word "benign" mean? ”He said: Benign is what you will knows all things. He knows what we have need of, and
be after you be eight.”/ Last week, I went to a furniture He knows what we’re dealing with in our life.
store to look for a decaffeinated coffee table. They He told us through His Son Jesus that if we make
didn’t have any./ I bought a house on a one-way dead- His kingdom our first priority, he will take care of
end road. Now I don't know how to get out./ I got a everything else.
flat tire, so I pulled my car into a gas station. The He just wants us to fulfill the purpose for which
attendant walked out, looks at my car, looks at me, and He created us.
he said, "Tire go flat?" I couldn't resist. I said, "Nope. I He had two great purposes and plans for all
was driving around and those other three just swelled mankind when He created our first parents.
up on me.” Salvation and Sanctification.
Last week I spoke about the first great purpose of
God: that all men might be saved and come to
Here are some hastily written, the knowledge of the truth.
grammatically different or misspelled, excuses That’s God’s general, universal plan for us; that
by parents to explain why their children missed all mankind be saved. Being saved or being born anew
school or needed to be excused from Phys Ed: is a spiritual awakening that every one of us needs
to experience in order to have a real relationship with
Mary could not come to school yesterday because she God. Christ said that unless we have that spiritual
was bothered by very close veins. awakening we cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Ralph was absent yesterday because of a sore trout. The Father sent us His own Son to provide that
George was absent yesterday because he had a awakening, to restore that relationship and reconcile
stomach. us to Himself.
My son is under a doctor's care and should not take I called last week’s message: “Being Right with
phys ed. Please execute him. God.”.
Please excuse Ray from school yesterday. He had Today’s message is called, “Being Rich with
very loose Vowels. God.’
Please excuse Joyce from P.E. for a few days.
Yesterday she fell out of a tree and misplaced a hip.
Please excuse Sarah for being absent. She had to go
to the doctor to have her shot.
Once a person has awakened to the fact the he or They are becoming more godly, more like the
she is a child of God, then God begins to put His image of who God originally intended for us.
personal plan for that person into operation. He You see, we need to be saved to go to heaven.
begins the process of sanctification. The Holy Spirit But we also need to be sanctified in order to be fit
who dwells in the heart of a saved person begins to for heaven.
work to make that person more like God; more like Listen, the Holy Spirit is preparing each of us for
Christ. our return Home. Heaven is our real and final Home.
Romans 8:29 says, For those God foreknew We originated from heaven when God first
he also predestined to be conformed to the imagined (or imaged) us, even before we were
likeness of his Son. conceived and born. And the Father desires that we
will come Home at the end of this life. That we come
So God’s personal plan for my life and your life is home dressed in robes of white.
to not only save us by waking us up to to the fact that John the Evangelist, who was given visions of the
we are His children, but to sanctify us; to draw us end of the world, says this:
closer to Himself. “After this I looked up and there
____________________________________ before me was a great multitude that no
The Bible divides all people into three categories: one could count, from every nation, tribe,
The Unsaved, The Baby Christians, and The people and language, standing before the
Spiritual Christians. throne and in front of the Lamb. They were
Many people are Unsaved! They have never wearing white robes and were holding
come to know, believe and receive Jesus Christ. Even palm branches in their hands. And they
some who call themselves Christians are unsaved; cried out in a loud voice:
because they never personally received Christ as their "Salvation belongs to our God,
Savior who sits on the throne,
Then there are some Christians are saved but and to the Lamb."
remain Babies in the faith. They don;t grow up! They And one of the elders asked me,
don’t allow the Holy Spirit to work in them, and "These in white robes—who are they, and
where did they come from?" I answered,
conform them to the image of Christ. They remain
"Sir, you know."
Baby Christians all their lives. They are not
And he said, "Yes, these are they who
have come out of the great tribulation;
The third group, the Spiritual Christian, they have washed their robes and made
allow the Holy Spirit to work in their lives, making them white in the blood of the Lamb.
them into mature Christians.
God is always working in people’s lives to wake them eased backwards, back up the trail as quiet as
and to work in them his holiness. possible. Instinctively I reached for my knife, which I
_______________________________ always carried with me. I knew I had to get past this
Let me tell you a story about one such man, a wild animal in order to get off this mountain.
lukewarm Christian, who God is getting ready for As my brain raced with thoughts and ideas of
heaven. He had a very unusual encounter with… what to do, my body prepared for war. I looked down
Well, let me just tell you some of the story. at the knife in my hand. The two-inch blade looked
Here’s part ONE: too small and inadequate to really be a defense
against the lion. When I looked up again, he was
Andy Peterson,is a 24 year old park ranger at gone! My eyes strained through the brush to my
Roxborough State Park, in Colorado. He loves the out right, looking for a glimpse. There he was! He had
of doors so much that even on some of his days off moved closer. He was slowly coming toward me. His
he would climb the 3 and a half mile trail up to the piercing gaze seemed to stare right through me.
7,000 foot summit of Carpenter’s Peak. It’s one In the blink of an eye, the cat’s 200 pound
secluded trail up, one trail down. No shortcuts. No frame was directly in front of me, its head rising
bypasses. above my waist. Its eyes again locked on me in a
This particular day in April he had clear and rigid stare. It seemed to be sizing me up before the
warm weather with a beautiful view of the attack. At 130 pounds, I’m positive I looked like an
surrounding mountains. In his own words he said, easy meal. Just then the lion let out a wicked, deep
“I reached the summit where there was a growl, revealing four immense teeth that were three
panoramic view of the towering Rockies. I scaled the or four inches long.
highest rock and circled around it, a chill running The lion leapt before I could react, paws
through me as I stopped and gazed on the extended. It slammed into my chest causing us to
magnificent horizon in every direction. After a brief tumble down the trail, ending up side by side in a
rest, I removed my shirt, tying it around my waist. rolled up mass of fur, claws and blood. My blood!
Then I started back down the trail. _____________________________________
Hold on now, there’s more to the story!
As I started to go down the trail, I saw But let me ask this! If Andy Peterson was
something that stopped me cold. There, lying under going to be killed by that mountain lion that day, was
a pine tree to the left of the trail was a large he ready for heaven? Did he have a personal
mountain lion lazily chewing on a small stick. relationship with God? Was he becoming Rich with
He was blocking the trail and not moving a bit, God, as Jesus asks in today’s gospel?
just looking at me. My legs shook uncontrollably as I
Today’s gospel story is a parable which Jesus tells Are we rich with speaking the Names of Jesus
about ordering our lives so that we are prepared to go and Father with reverence and praise?
Home to heaven. And He concludes the story by saying
about the foolish man who had so much material And you know what? It’s only the things that
treasure, and so little spiritual treasure. Jesus says, make us rich with God that we can take with us into
“How foolish is he that lays up treasure for heaven!
himself, and is not rich toward God.” Only the things that are in our hearts! “What is it
The man had said to himself, "You have plenty you treasure in your heart?” Jesus asked.
of good things laid up for many years. Take life Am I building up riches for heaven? When I step
easy; eat, drink and be merry." ' across that river onto the other side of life, when I walk
"But God said to him, 'You foolish man! This through that brief tunnel of the shadow of death; will I
very night your life will be demanded from be rich toward God? Will I have grown spiritually
you. This will be your last night on earth. enough so that heaven will not be a foreign and
And Jesus concludes with those words "This unfamiliar place for me?
is how it will be with anyone who stores
up things for himself but is not rich To think of life only in terms of physical things
is both foolish and fatal because life is not measured
toward God." by material possessions but by spiritual and eternal
things. Is Andy Peterson rich with the permanent
RICH TOWARD GOD! things of God?
If Andy Peterson was going to die by that
mountain lion that day, was he ready for heaven? Did
The question which today’s readings ask you is this: he have a personal relationship with God? Was he
ARE YOU RICH TOWARD GOD? becoming Rich with God?
Are you and I spiritually rich, whether we’re
materially rich or not? Are we rich in the things of God; Here’s part TWO of our story:
the things that are permanent and eternal? Not the Andy said, “The lion leapt before I could
things which are passing and temporal. react, paws extended. It slammed into my chest
Are we rich in a love for God and others? causing us to tumble down the trail, ending up side
Are we rich with the Word of God, the Bible? by side in a rolled up mass of fur, claws and blood.
Are we rich with moments of speaking to God in My blood!
I jumped up. The lion leapt at me a second
Are we rich with being honest about our sins and
time, barely missing me. Backpedaling, I tumbled
confessing them to God?
down the path, trying to fend off the cat with, of all A whipping paw shot toward my face, pulling
things, the shirt that had been tied around my waist. off the skin below my left eye. New blood began to
Suddenly the lion stopped in its tracks. I was stream down my face. With the other paw clasped
able to make a quick stand. Hanging onto the strap tightly around my neck, its claws began digging in.
with one hand, I swung my backpack with all the Why wasn’t my knife cutting into the lion’s
force I could find. head? With an effort, I looked past its head to the
Standing still, the cat just drew back. I lashed knife that I was still holding in my left hand. The
out at the lion’s face. Again, the cat easily dodged knife’s blade had closed on my left index finger,
my desperate swing. Once again I started cutting halfway through.
backpedaling, with the cougar staying inches away Reaching over the cat’s head with my right
from my terrified body. He was toying with me, like arm, I managed to pry the knife open. It was at this
playing a game which he knew he would ultimately moment that I realized my right hand was touching
win. one of the cougar’s eyes.
I fumbled down the path backwards, tripping Desperately and with all the force I could
over the boulders. The cougar launched into the air muster, I plunged my right thumb into its eye,
and tore into me just as I hit the ground. simultaneously sinking the knife into the cat’s skull
For a second time we rolled together, down with my left hand.
the trail. When we came to a stop, I was on my The lion shrieked, releasing its hold on my
knees, over the lion that was on its back. The top of head. The claws pulled out from my neck. The lion
my head was in the lion’s mouth. jumped backwards.
The long dark shape of a tooth hovered an inch I knew I must get down the mountain, now!
in front of my left eye. The lion’s teeth were sunk Blood was gushing from the 8” gash ripped across my
into the top of my skull! Its jaws loosened slightly, forehead. I turned and ran - for my life!
then bit down a second time. Blood poured down ________________________________________
over my face. There’s one last amazing part of the story I have
Holding the knife in my right hand, I slashed to tell you. But I have to ask again? If Andy Peterson
towards the lion’s neck. The blade wasn’t drawing was going to die by that mountain lion that day, was he
blood. I tried swinging the knife from a different ready for heaven? Did he have a personal relationship
angle. with God? Was he becoming Rich with God? Would he
Raising the knife high over the animal’s head, I ever see his parents and his friends again in heaven?
plunged it into the back of its neck. Once, Twice.
Nothing, not even a whimper from this bloodthirsty
beast. +Are you and I becoming rich with God?
+Are we building up treasures in our hearts
that we will take to heaven some day? Halfway down, the trail I glanced over my right
shoulder and saw that the lion was back for the final
In the spiritual life we CAN’T stand still; we kill and there was nothing I was able to do. I glanced
either are growing forward or sliding backward. away for a moment, then, I again glanced over my
right shoulder, expecting to see him racing after me.
The rich man in our gospel story was convinced But he wasn’t there! Where is he?What was I
that he was in control of his life and that wealth gave seeing? What’s happening? Did I faint? Did I pass out?
him control. But God's words to him made it clear that
Was I delirious?
he had no power over the present: "This very night
When I glanced over my shoulder, there was no
your life will be demanded from you."
lion at all, instead, I saw…what I saw…I’ll never
At this crisis point he discovered a truth that forget…I saw what I always imagined to be the face
everyone learns sooner or later: God owns our life, of Jesus.
and He merely loans us our earthly existence. I know this sounds weird, but it’s true! The
At any time He can call in His loan. We are face of Jesus was in plain view where once the lion
sojourners and pilgrims on earth who are had been. And for the first time since I saw the lion,
returning Home, where we began. I felt safe and unafraid.
All my fear disappeared. I felt completely
Sure, let’s enjoy this life! Let’s enjoy our family
SAFE! Or should I say, SAVED?
and those we love! Let us even enjoy our wealth and
Though I wanted to keep staring, I turned my
security, if we’re so blessed! But seek first the kingdom
head and continued down the trail. Near the bottom,
of God and all other things will be given us besides.
a group of hikers suddenly appeared. I knew that my
Let’s be sure that we are growing in the spiritual Riches
of God. nightmare was finally over. I knew that I was SAVED!”
Now here’s the last part of our STORY: Andy Peterson received several dozen stitches
to his face, neck, upper chest, both shoulders and
“The lion shrieked, releasing its hold on my right leg. He set a record at the Hospital by requiring
head. The claws pulled out from my neck. The lion 70 staples to close his head wounds.Once only a
jumped backwards. lukewarm Christian, that day was also the day of his
I knew I must get down the mountain, now! spiritual awakening. Jesus saved him in a most
Blood was gushing from the 8” gash ripped across my unusual way, body and soul, and he became a child of
forehead. I turned and ran - for my life! God who is rich with GOD.
The event changed Andy Peterson’s life so
radically that he gave his life to the Lord and goes
around the country giving his testimony about how
the Lord saves. His website is called Lion King
You don’t have to encounter a mountain lion to
have a personal encounter with Jesus. But you do
have to encounter the Lion of Judah, as Jesus is
called. Or, more recently the lion Aslan who is Jesus
in the movie NARNIA.
All we have to do is become a child of God and
then let God’s Holy Spirit make us rich with God,
make us into mature Spiritual Christians who begin to
resemble Christ, the Father’s Son.

Let us pray:
Father, we want to awakened and become your
children. We want to become rich with the things
that are lasting and permanent, that never fade or
tarnish. Father, we know that if we are rich with You,
then, as the choir will sing: We are convinced that
neither death nor life, nor angels nor
principalities, neither the present nor things to
come, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor
anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thank you Lord Jesus, AMEN!