by Dennis Marquardt

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The Rich Young Man (4 of 8)
Series: The Kinds of People Jesus Ministered To
Dennis Marquardt
Matthew 19:16-30

INTRO: Some of the people Jesus ministered to responded favorably and others went away without being changed positively. This is still the situation today! We rejoice over the ones who were changed, but we also can learn from the ones that were not!

Those that were changed with their encounter with Jesus were often the poor, the sick, the helpless, and the afflicted. Those who were often not changed were the powerful, the rich, and the elite.

Some people think preachers shouldn't talk about money, yet it was often this very thing that kept many from Christ! Look at Jesus, so often we think He spent all His time talking about deep spiritual theology, but look what occupied His subject matter the most:

ILLUS: Jesus talked much about money. Sixteen of the thirty-eight parables were concerned with how to handle money and possessions. In the Gospels, an amazing one out of ten verses (288 in all) deal directly with the subject of money. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions. -- Howard L. Dayton, Jr., Leadership, Vol. 2, no. 2.

Maybe people don't like the preacher to talk about money because it hits too close to home! It is certain that Jesus found the same reaction in His day!

PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that material things can blind us to spiritual realities; we must guard our hearts and keep our eyes on spiritual values.


A. Shallow Matt. 19:16-21
1. A young man approaches Jesus and asks a question, the kind of question every pastor loves to hear: "what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"
a. The question alone reveals a false notion about salvation; he was asking what "good thing" could he "do" to inherit eternal life.
b. Many people in Jesus' day had the notion that a single good ...

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