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23: Teachings on Stewardship (Lk 16:1-17:10)
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23: Teachings on Stewardship (Lk 16:1-17:10)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

Whereas the previous lesson focuses on God’s grace, this lesson emphasizes man’s responsibilities. Although the Pharisees were also present, Jesus spoke mainly to His disciples. The Lord taught them to make wise use of what they have been entrusted with. He warned those who love money the eternal consequences of abusing material possessions. With additional teachings on forgiveness and faith, He concluded His lesson by reminding them the correct attitude in carrying out His commands.

B.     Key Verse

            “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (16:13).

            “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do’” (17:10).

C.     Did You Know…?

1.      Millstone (17:2): A heavy stone rotated on a mill for crushing grain.

II.    Observation

A.     Outline





B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. Segment Analysis

A.     16:1-13

1. Was Jesus commending the steward’s dishonesty?

2. How are the sons of this world more shrewd than the sons of light?

3. What does it mean to make friends by unrighteous mammon (9)?

4. What does it mean to be faithful in the least, in the unrighteous mammon, and in what is another man’s (10-12)?

5. What does it mean to serve mammon?

6. Why is it not possible to serve both God and mammon?

7. How are you using your possessions to serve God? How can you do better?

B.     16:14-18

8. What does 15 teach you about having the right values?

9. What does it mean to press into God’s kingdom (16)?

10. Why did Jesus emphasize the enduring effect of the law (17)?

11a. According to the Lord Jesus, what two conditions constitute adultery (18)?

11b. How does the teaching in 18 reveal the error of the Pharisees?

C.     16:19-31

12. Why did the rich man end up in Hades?

13. What did you learn from this story about riches?

14. What can we learn from 31 about man’s heart?

15. How will you live differently after studying this parable?

D.     17:1-10

16. What kind of offense is Jesus referring to in 1-2? Why is such offense so serious?

17. What are the two steps of dealing with someone who has sinned against you?

18. What helps you to forgive those who sin against you?

19. What is the point of verse 6?

20. According to 7-10, what attitude should we have in carrying out the Lord’s command?

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