Worship Service on September 25, 2016
Audio
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
September 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 16:19-31
Subject
Take Hold of Eternal Life
Description

Scriptures:

        Amos 8:4-7;

Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16;

I Timothy 6:6-19;

Luke 16:19-31

Luke 16:19-31New International Version (NIV)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

 

 

Pastor's Summary of I Tmothy 6:6-19

Our passage is the concluding section of the book.  In vv. 3-5, the author has again warned against those who teach other than the body of faith passed down from Jesus and the apostles. He has charged these teachers with monetary gain for teaching falsehoods. Now, writing in Paul's name, he counters that there is "great [spiritual] gain" v. 6 in teaching the truth; those who do so are content with enough to pay for necessities (:food and clothing", v. 8). But false teachers "who want to be rich" (v. 9) succumb to "senseless and harmful desires", and lead people astray from godliness.  The true church leader is very different.

Now he addresses Timothy, a "man of God" (v. 11), spiritual leader of the Church. He sees Christian life as a "fight" (v. 12). Timothy "made the good confession" that Jesus is Lord at his baptism; Jesus made his "confession" (v. 13) of fidelity in his conduct when facing death. Timothy is to keep "the commandment" (v. 14, Christ's orders) until he returns at the end of the era. "at the right time" (v. 15), i.e. when God chooses. "Immortality" (v. 16) is an attribute of God.  We cannot see him, but Jesus can and will reveal him. The author now speaks to affluent members of the community (v. 17). They should not set store in money, but rather in God, for it is God's gift. It is to be used in a godly way, for "good works" (v. 18) and sharing with the needy, for through such generosity they will attain eternal life, "life that really is life" (v. 19).