Sermon Summary - In this passage, we consider the lingering question from chapter 18, can a rich man be saved? We see in the story of Zacchaeus that the grace of God in Jesus has the power to save a rich and powerful man like Zacchaeus. When salvation comes to the rich it releases them from serving their money so that they might embrace a life of generosity and deal fairly with others. We too must embrace Jesus as our greatest treasure if want to experience freedom from the tyranny of wealth.
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Memory Verse - And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today. Luke 19:5 (ESV)
- Read through Luke 19:1-11. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
- Getting to the Heart - How can you identify with Zacchaeus in this story? What temptations do you face in regards to money? Would you describe yourself as a steward of your finances or a servant to them?
- Living the Way of Jesus - How has the presence of Jesus in your life challenged the way you steward your money? When Jesus becomes our greatest treasure we experience freedom from greed and openness to generosity. How is the Spirit leading you towards being more generous with your finances? What challenges might Jesus pose to the current financial situation in our country? Are there issues of injustice that he cares about that we need to care about?
Kids Worship Questions:
- Read Luke 19:1-10. What do you find most interesting about this story? Draw a picture of Zacchaeus up in the tree and Jesus talking with him.
- What is Zacchaeus response to Jesus? How would you respond to Jesus in this situation?
- What might it look like for you to be generous with the money you have? What would keep you from being generous with your money?