Sermon Series: No Big Deal - Cures for the common sin - Materialism
Matthew 6:19-24(Chip Henderson)
Definition of materialism - I seek out the things of this world more than I seek out the things of God.
Types of materialism: Greed, Discontentment (wanting what you don't have), Hoarding (accumulating stuff but never giving or getting rid of).
Materialism pushes us towards evil and away from righteousness and holiness.
Materialism thinks only of the world today and ignores eternity.
3 Decisions to make to avoid materialism
1. I will value the treasures of eternity more than the things of earth. Live for treasures that won't go away. Live righteously - Be faithful - Forgive people - Give - Share. Think heavenly and your heart will follow.
2. I will be generous and not greedy. Generousity brings light to our life. Greed brings darkness. Materialism brings blindness and keeps us from seeing God's provision. Love what God is doing - Be joyful.
3. I will live for the Lord and not for money. We can't live for God and ____. Most of us want God and ____, But Jesus says we can not serve two masters.
Biblical stewardship - Love God with all you have and realize that it all comes from Him.
Additional scripture: Luke 12:15, 1 Timothy 6:9, 1 John 2:15-17, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Proverbs 28:22, Luke 12:20-21.