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Sermon Notes: You can’t attend a Wedding Feast in Workout Clothes

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Although I am not a British person living in Great Britain, on April 29th, 2011, I had the opportunity to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Kate Middleton, his beloved bride, thanks to modern technology. It was an extravagant wedding where numerous luxury brands were represented. The women wore dresses designed by expensive brands like Dior, Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, while the men showed off their prestigious Rolex and Omega wristwatches. Now, allow me to provide you with some interesting facts about Royal Weddings.

Sermon Notes: The Wedding Feast You can’t RSVP

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The royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer held at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981, was famously known as “The Wedding of the Century.” This title was primarily due to the extravagant and lavish atmosphere that permeated the entire event. The wedding was broadcast in 74 countries and captured the attention of 750 million viewers worldwide. In the United Kingdom, the day was even declared a national holiday to allow more people to witness the occasion. A staggering number of over 600,000 spectators filled the streets of London, hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

Sermon Notes: The Parable of the Sower

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I am fully aware that I have preached to you from the Parable of the Sower before but wanted to share the same today for a very good reason. As your Pastor, I am responsible for your personal spiritual growth. You know, sometimes we get complacent in our Christian walk which hinders our spiritual growth. When that happens I have to stir your nest and remind you to start moving forward again. So, I am going to stir your nest tonight. Now, as I told you the last time I preached from this passage, Jesus spoke about four different groups of people that are in the Church.

Sermon Notes: The Parable of the Sower

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In Sri Lanka where I was born and raised the people living in the Northern, Eastern, and Southern provinces grow Rice for a livelihood. Rice is in great demand in the local market because it is our main diet. To grow Rice you must sow the seeds called Paddy. The sowing is carried out by professional Sowers. Hence the Sower is a common sight in my country. This reminds me of the Parable of the Sower.

There are 46 Parables in the New Testament. The Parable of the Sower is one of the few parables that appear in all three Synoptic Gospels. Let’s consider the narration in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 8. We will read from verses 1 to 15.

Sermon Notes: The Parable of the Rich Fool

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I’m reminded of a story every time I preach from the Parable of the Rich Fool. A certain ungodly tavern keeper who liked music decided to attend one of John Wesley’s meetings to hear the singing. He had resolved, however, not to listen to the sermon. He sat with his head down and fingers in his ears. But when God wants to speak to a man’s soul, He has His ways. A Fly flew on the man’s nose and when he attempted to drive it away, he heard nine words that changed his life. He heard Mr. Wesley say, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” From that moment he had no rest in his soul. He returned the next night, listened intently, and was converted.

Sermon: The Parable of the Rich Fool

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In the controversial TV series “The Good Wife”, Wendy Carr promises to financially back Pastor Isaiah’s church in return for his endorsement. Later Pastor Isaiah tells his father that he endorsed Peter Florrick, Wendy’s rival candidate instead because unlike her, Peter didn’t put money before God.

A similar incident is recorded in the Gospel of Luke where a greedy man attempted to manipulate Jesus’ influence as a teacher to convince his older brother to share the inheritance. (In ancient times the firstborn was entitled to a double portion of his father’s inheritance.) Jesus immediately discerned this man’s intention and told him (as well as everyone else in an earshot) the parable of the rich fool.

The ending of the parable (“…Not rich toward God…”) leaves two important questions. In which way this man was not rich towards God? What can we do differently so that you and I shall not end up like the rich fool? Let’s find the answers. Please open your Bibles to Luke 12:13-21.

1. The Rich Fool didn’t consult God’s Will

A. We are introduced to a man who was materially blessed by God already; his land produced plentifully.

B. From a businessman’s point of view, the rich fool had a strategic and excellent plan. But from God’s point of view, it had two problems.

C. First, his plans didn’t concern furthering God’s will. Secondly, he trusted his future with his accumulated wealth.

2. The Rich Fool thought only of Himself

A. Charity is an obligation in Judaism, a duty that cannot be forsaken even by those who are in need themselves.

B. Its importance is so much that people who don’t give were sometimes considered guiltier than idol worshipers.

C. In spite of all these the rich fool intended to lay up all the good things only for his pleasure and for the sake of his welfare.

3. The Rich Fool was spiritually Ignorant

A. Traditional Judaism firmly believes that death is not the end of human existence and this man was surely aware of it.

B. The behavior he exhibited despite his religious knowledge suggests that he was spiritually ignorant.

C. I am not surprised that Luke called him the rich fool. He had religious knowledge but did not live up to it.


Now let me answer the second question. What can we do differently so that you and I shall not end up like this man? We learned what he did wrong. Let’s finish with the right things that we must do.

Condition your plans in God’s Will

Read James 4:13-15

It’s not sinning to plan ahead. But God must have the first place in our plans. We can plan without God but we can’t expect God to intervene when our plans get messed up.

Don’t lay up treasures for Yourself

Read Matthew 6:19; 25:34-46; Galatians 6:10

Saving money isn’t wrong. But don’t place your confidence in your savings. On the other hand, we are also to bless others with our blessings. Not to pile them up.

Maintain Spiritual Vigilance

Read Luke 17:26-36; Hebrews 9:27

Tripping Billies” – A famous song by Dave Matthews. “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die”. Heaven and Hell are real. If you are not rich towards God as much as you are towards your comfort you will miss heaven.

Remember that going to church, paying your tithes, and getting involved in ministry will not take you to heaven. Only being rich towards God in this life can guarantee you will spend the life to come in God’s presence.

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