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Good News, Bad News

November 3, 2019 Speaker: Jeff Bedwell Series: Being Rich

Topic: Generosity Passage: 1 Timothy 6:17–6:19

This video was part of the sermon.

Being Rich

Good News, Bad News

1 Timothy 6:17-19

“You can never be too rich or too thin.”  Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

As a kid did you ever want to be rich?

The challenge is “Rich” is a Moving Target

Objective:  Learn how to be Good at being rich.

Good News

Good News: You Are Rich!

The purpose of this “reality check” is not to make us feel Guilty, but to be Grateful

If we are going to be good at being rich, it begins with Acknowledging that we are rich

Bad News

There are some unique Spiritual Challenges that go with being rich

“How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:24–25)


Money Does Things To People:

  • It can make it harder for us to Depend On God
  • It can distract us from True Priorities
  • It carries with it Greater Responsibility

Paul Mentions Two Distinct Challenges:

  • Arrogance

It can be easy to confuse our net worth with our self-worth

Every blessing that we don’t turn into Praise has the potential to turn back into Pride

  • Misplaced Hope

A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination.” (Proverbs 18:11)

You can have hope and riches, but it is another thing altogether to have hope In Riches

Key Question: How are my finances Shaping My Heart?

Key Thought: I will not trust in riches, but in him who richly provides!  (6:17)

How Do I Keep My Heart And My Hope From Drifting?

  • Do Good
  • Be rich in Good Works
  • Be Generous and ready to share

It is not primarily about what you have.  It is what you Do with what you have that will count either for you or against you in the kingdom of heaven.

Remember and Review:

  • God has blessed me with more than I need, I am rich!
  • There are some unique spiritual challenges that go with being rich – Money does things to people
  • Key Question: How are my finances shaping my heart?
  • Key Thought: I will not trust in riches, but in him who richly provides!
  • I can keep my heart and hope from drifting by doing good, being rich in good works and being generous and ready to share
  • It is not primarily about what I have. It is what I do with what I have that will count either for me or against me in the kingdom of heaven.

One Woman’s Story (video link)

Making It Personal:

  • God’s richest provision for us is eternal life found only in Jesus Christ. The beginning point for being rich in things that really matter is being in a right relationship with God by responding to his grace through repentance and faith.  Is this foundational relationship a reality in your life?
  • Spend time for the rest of this month reviewing and reflecting on the major points of this teaching. What will it look like to apply these truths in your life?
  • What can you learn from the doctor’s story that was shared? How can you apply these insights in your own life? 
  • How will you grow in being good at being rich?
  • Who can you share these truths with?


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