Sermon outline: This is an abbreviated outline with the complete sermon downloadable at the bottom of the post.
Text: Luke 16:1–15
Title: The Unjust Steward
Introduction: The parable of the unjust steward teaches us about stewardship. Here was a man who had mismanaged his stewardship. He was being fired. So he decided that he would make sure that when he was fired, he would have somewhere to live.
This story is to teach us the wise investment of our money. Let’s look at four principles from this parable:
I. Money Is a Trust—money is loaned not owned (v. 12)
II. Money Should Be Transferred—money should be transmuted into better eternal investments (v. 9)
III. Money Is a Test (v. 10)
The test of money reveals two things:
1. It reveals our faith.
2. It is a test of our true wisdom.
IV. Money Is a Testimony (vv. 16:13–15)
A. Money is a poor god
B. Money is also a poor provider
Conclusion: In 1995 the nation was stunned when news broke that an elderly woman named Oseola McCarty had donated $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi for their scholarship fund. This eighty-seven-year-old woman had been forced to drop out of school in the sixth grade to care for her family. For more than sixty years she made a living washing clothes in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, saving as much as she could from her meager pay. She wanted others to have the opportunity for the education she never received, so she gave away the money she had saved for so many years.
Our society values how much a person has; God values how much a person gives.
The best protection we have against the sorrows that come from loving money is to cultivate generous hearts. Look for opportunities to use the resources God has given to you (even if they do not seem to be great) for the benefit of others. Rather than waiting until you have enough to give, be generous, and give what you have to help others today.
1 Thessalonians 2:19–20
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
20 For ye are our glory and joy.