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To Whom Much Is Given

Rooted Message Series

April 28, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Luke 12:48b “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” Luke 12:48b (NIV), “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48b (The Message) “Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!” Luke 12:42-44 “ And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.” To WHOM MUCH is Given! 1 Corinthains 4:7 “ For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” It is easy to assume that only wealthy people have been “given much,” but in truth.... We have all been given much! Luke 12:48b Jesus said, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more” Liberty Church... We have a responsibility! To WHOM MUCH is Given! There Are Four Areas of Responsibility 1️⃣ We are “Spiritually” Responsible Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 2️⃣ We are “Financially” Responsible 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[b] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 3️⃣ We are “Skillfully” Responsible Colossians 3:23–24 tells us that everything we do should be for Christ: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” 4️⃣ We are “Time” Responsible Ephesians 5:15-16 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Psalm 82:3-4 “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Gods Word directs towards COMPASSION ministries! The early church was very involved in their community meeting the needs of others. • Providing food • Shelter • Clothing to the needy • Treating servants with respect • Caring for widows and orphans Ephesians 2:10 “ For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Matthew 25:31-40 ““When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’” Our goal is not just to meet a need... But to see their entire lives transformed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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One Big Vision

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