October Series: “Jesus Talks Money”

October 2019 sermon series Jesus Talks Money

October 2019
A Pecan Street Mission Sermon Series

You know what probably got Jesus kicked out of lots of dinner parties? All his talk about money. Out of the 38 parables Jesus tells, 16 are about money (that’s 42% of his stories, all about money). If you add up every verse in the Gospels, 1 out of 10 (288 in all) deal directly with — you guessed it — money. The Gospel of Luke, in particular, preserves some of Jesus’ most uncomfortable teachings and parables about money. Just try out these memory verses: “You cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16:13); “Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor…then come, follow me” (18:22); “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor” (19:8); “To all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away” (19:26). Ouch — no wonder they crucified this guy…

Perhaps Jesus spent so much time talking about money because he knew just how strong its hold can be on our hearts and lives. In direct opposition to economies where the disparity between “rich” and “poor” becomes ever-increasing, Jesus offers glimpses of God’s upside-down Kingdom economics. Anywhere cash is king, Jesus’ uncomfortable stories and teachings still have the power to disrupt, reorient, and radically transform our financial practices. Join the Pecan Street Mission community this October as we enter into these uncomfortable conversations together with Jesus.

Sunday, October 6
Money as Master
Luke 16:1-14

Sunday, October 13
Money as Burden
Luke 18:18-30

Sunday, October 20
Money as Status
Luke 19:1-10

Sunday, October 27
Money as Death
Luke 19:11-27