by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 10 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 5: Covetousness
Series: How Jesus Explained It
Stuart Briscoe
Luke 12:13-21

In the midst of a serious teaching session, Jesus was interrupted by a man who wanted Him to intervene in a family financial dispute. He not only refused but also took the opportunity to express Himself on the subject of covetousness, which He recognized as the real problem.

I. The Scriptural Identification of Covetousness.

Note: "Epithumeo" = passionate desire.
"Philarguria" = love of money.
"Pleonexia" = to have more.

A. An identification of the causes of covetousness.
1. An evil heart. Mark 7:22

2. A reprobate mind. Romans 1:29

3. A callous conscience. Ephesians 4:19

4. An apostate spirit. Colossians 3:5

B. An identification of the consequences of covetousness.
1. Condemnation by God. Exodus 20:17; Romans 7:7

2. Conflict in society. v. 14; 1 Timothy 6:10


Part 6: Readiness
Series: How Jesus Explained It
Stuart Briscoe
Luke 12:35-48

When Christ taught the people of His day, it became very obvious that many of them were so caught up with the secular, the immediate, the temporal and the personal aspects of their lives that they were unprepared for life in its sacred, ultimate, eternal and divine dimensions. He warned people to get ready.

I. Some Pertinent Information About Readiness.

A. The Father is all ready. Hebrews 11:6

B. The Son is getting ready. John 14:2

C. The Spirit is revealing readiness. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

D. The Christians should be ready. Titus 3:1

II. Some Powerful Incentives to Readiness.

A. The imminence of Christ's return.
1. The certainty of this Return. v. 40a

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