For Lazarus the great reversal was a great blessing; for the rich man who had ignored him it was the greatest of catastrophes. Are you looking forward to the day when everything changes or are you blocking out the warnings? Will this sermon make you uncomfortable or give you hope and encouragement?
You can read the account of the Rich Man and Lazarus here.
This parable is a tough one because the rich guy, who in many parables represents God, praises a dishonest farm manager. (Read the story here.) What are we to do with this? I will start with what we know about God and the proper use of wealth and then show how the parable illustrates the wisdom of generosity. Oh, and that bit about praising a dishonest man? Wait until you hear what I do with that!
This portion of the Gospel of Luke is often said to be about humility, and it is; however, it would be more complete to say it is about both humility and compassion. You see, when humble people encounter someone in need they are moved to act. Jesus was such a person and in this sermon, I’ll share with you how the humble compassion of Christ moved him to act on your behalf and why you can thank, but never repay him for what he has done for you.
Sometimes reconciliation is easier than we think. Other times it is quite difficult.
How hard is it for someone to be reconciled to God? For the willing person it is quite easy, but not all are willing.
In this sermon, Pastor Hinkle uses Jesus’ parable of The Prodigal Son and Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians to urge his listeners to be reconciled to God. Why were Jesus and Paul were urging reconciliation upon people who knew God? Listen as Pastor Hinkle explains.