Sermon Notes for Sunday, July 16
I Want the Gold
by Tanner Fox
Dr. Swanson has returned to the
Let's face it, we don't really like to talk about money. We would much rather allow that piece of our lives to be left
Money has a certain power that is difficult to understand. At
The Bible does not shy away from revealing the nature of wealth either through characters or teaching.
The rich young ruler from Mark 10 had great wealth and great respect for Jesus. Even so, a man resting in the comfort of control has a hard time selling all that he has and following Jesus, Why? Because as Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Where our treasure is, there is our trust, our security, our consolation and our God.” -
Bonhoeffer was wisely paraphrasing Matthew 6:21, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
There was once a man who found a treasure buried in a field. The treasure was so wonderful, he went and sold everything in his possession so that he could buy the field and keep the treasure. Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like this treasure in a field not our own. The cost of this great treasure is everything we had up to that point. The Kingdom of Heaven costs us everything, but it is worth infinitely more.
As I think about my own treasures, I find myself convicted. In my
What are you losing in your relationship with money? What have you gained?
Tanner Fox is the Minister for Mission at First Pres. He’s a recent grad of Reformed Theological Seminary and holds deep affection for people, movies, sports and Jesus Christ. As Minister for Mission, he leads the charge to help you love and serve the city and the world. firstname.lastname@example.org