Date: September 15, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Luke 12:15b |


When Jesus was in the middle of teaching a man interrupted Him to say, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me” (Luke 12:13). Jesus took advantage of the interruption by turning it into a teachable moment. He responded, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15). While it looks like Jesus didn’t help the man, He did by exposing the man’s sin of covetousness. Learn why Jesus used such strong language to warn against covetousness, and why this is a sin that applies to us and our nation more than any people throughout history. What does it mean to covet, and is it always coveting when we desire something?

(NOTE: The filled in lessons are from last Sunday’s sermon)

Lesson 1: The worst thing for a coveter is receiving what they covet (Luke 12:15; 1 Kin 10:4-5, 10:21; 2 Chr 9:20; Ecc 5:10).

Lesson 2: Covetousness:

  • (Part I) Is a trap (Luke 12:15).
  • (Part II) Leads to possessions possessing us.

Lesson 3: We commit the sin of covetousness when we want something:

  • (Part I) Too strongly (Luke 12:15; Exo 20:17; Col 3:5).
  • (Part II) ________ ______________ to someone else (Luke 12:15; Exo 20:17).
  • (Part III) God doesn’t want ____ ____________ (Josh 7:21; Pro 15:27).

Lesson 4: Covetousness ______ ________ often go hand-in-hand (Pro 22:7; Rom 13:8).

Lesson 5: Christ ________ ______ ________ and makes us rich (Matt 6:12; 2 Cor 8:9).

Family Worship Guide
Memory Verse: Proverbs 15:27

Day 1: Read Luke 12:13-14, Phil 4:6, Eph 6:18, 1 Tim 2:1, and discuss: What does the question that the man posed to Jesus reveal what was important to him? How did his priorities reflected in his question contrast Jesus’ priorities in His teachings? How can the desires for our lives contrast against Christ’s desire for our lives? How does bringing our requests before God help us in prioritizing their importance?

Day 2: Read Exo 20:17, Matt 5:27, Josh 7:19-21, Pro 15:27, and discuss:  How is covetousness and lusting in our hearts immorally alike? Are the effects of covetousness isolated only to the one who commits it?

Day 3: Prov 22:7, Rom 13:8, and discuss: Is it possible to covet a good thing? How can we know, if it is a good desire or a sinful one? What way does God want us to always be in debt to pay to each other?

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