Jesus and Money (Mark 10:17-31) // Week 6
Published for Week 6, Semester 2 2020.
Scripture: Mark 10:17-31
Speaker: Rowan Kemp
Series: Beyond Opinion: The Truth of Jesus
This week, we continue with the series Beyond Opinion: The Truth of Jesus.
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Go to howrichami.givingwhatwecan.org and type in your annual income to see how rich you are on a world scale?
Post-talk discussion questions
What might be competing with love for God as the primary affection of your heart?
It was announced in the last few weeks that billionaire Chuck Feeney has given away his entire fortune (and it took him 38 years to do it; https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/sep/19/billionaire-chuck-feeney-achieves-goal-of-giving-away-his-fortune).
Two questions on this: Is this what Jesus expects of all of us? Has Chuck just bought his entry into the Kingdom?
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’
20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
Friendly tip: Feel free to use/modify this prayer or write your own if you feel compelled to do so. Feel free to also pray for your faculty or other prayer points you may have.
Thank God for the gift of eternal life which can not be earned by human means.
Pray that we do not become attached to earthly desires such as wealth and status which may pull us away from following God. Pray that we hold firmly to the hope that we have in Jesus.
The EU continues to encourage faculties to be thinking and praying for people around the world who are Less Reached and Less Resourced (LRLR).
Ask your faculty members if there are any missionaries or people groups that they have been praying for, and encourage them to share and lead the faculty in prayer at this time.
Alternatively, you can pray for the Kets in Northern Siberia. They are one of the smallest people groups in this area. "Ket" means "the people who are free and live in the taiga." The Kets kept their traditional beliefs and cults that were formed on the basis of early mythological ideas about the world. The Kets are shamanistic people (ability to cure and predict by shamans).
Pray for the modern Kets to have a heart hunger to know the One True God of all!
Pray for missionaries to come to them living lives that demonstrate God's message of love and forgiveness and to be able to find ways to present the Truth of God's Word in an understandable and compelling way.
All information is taken from the Joshua Project website https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16023/RS
Keep encouraging people in your faculty to keep meeting with others to share life and to pray - some faculties have prayer triplets that meet up over zoom to pray for one another. It can be a great way to be encouraged and encourage others in smaller groups!