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Luke 16:10-18

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Further Teaching about the Use of Money

Luke 16:10-18

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Lesson Number 43

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The faith of a believer is tested by money and trust.
  2. The heart of an unbeliever is revealed by the Law and the Gospel.

Practical Application

  1. Take your marriage vows seriously.

Questions

  1. What is the topic of Luke 16? Who is it addressed to?
  2. Review the prudent use of money, as taught in the parable of the unjust steward.
  3. What is the moral principle in verse 10 that holds true for human character without exception?
  4. What is the spiritual application of this principle (verses 11)?
  5. Why did the Pharisees scoff at the Lord’s teaching about money?
  6. How are verses 16-18 related to the discussion about money?

Answers

  1. Luke 16 contains our Lord’s teaching about money – specifically the right view of money and the right use of money. The Lord was speaking specifically to His disciples (verse 1), so this is applicable for believers today.
  2. The prudent use of money is to use it now to prepare for the future in heaven, by supporting the Lord’s work.
  3. He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
  4. If you can’t be trusted with money, then you can’t be trusted with spiritual responsibilities.
  5. The Pharisees loved money and even viewed it as a sign of God’s blessing. (Sound familiar?)
  6. The heart of the unbelieving, money-loving Pharisees was revealed by their attitude toward God’s Law and the Gospel of the kingdom.

Discuss/Consider

  1. The heart of the unbelieving, money-loving Pharisees was revealed by their attitude toward God’s Law and the Gospel of the kingdom.
  2. If you can’t be trusted with money, then you can’t be trusted with spiritual responsibilities (verse 11). Is this a sobering teaching to you? Are you being responsible with your personal finances? Are you seeking to expand your ministry, but are not taking care of your primary responsibility to support your family?

Challenge

  1. The Lord took marriage vows very seriously. God has not changed His moral laws. Take your marriage vows seriously.

Key Verses

  • “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10
  • “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” Luke 16:11

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