So our final project for Intro to Preaching at TMS was to preach a 12- to 15-minute sermon on a text of our choosing. I chose Luke 12:13-21, the Parable of the Rich Fool, and preached it to my fellow first-year TMS students. I called the sermon: "Portrait of the Wasted Life." Some of you have asked about it, and so I post it here in two parts.
A couple of things to note. I apologize in advance for speaking too quickly at points. We had to keep it under 15 minutes, and if you've known me for any amount of time you know that was a challenge for me. So if you have to rewind at a couple of points, I'm sorry. I hope it's worth it. Also, sorry for the weird camera angle. My professor set it up where he usually sits and not at a straightaway angle from the back. And also, the prayer gets cut off at the end. Basically, I prayed that the Lord would apply His Word to my heart as well as the hearts of my listeners.
I suppose those are enough qualifications. I pray that this will be a benefit to you. The preparation certainly challenged me to examine what the source of my comfort and contentment is. May God give us grace to live like our citizenship is in Heaven and not on Earth, especially in the realm of the pocket book.
if he gains the whole world,
and loses or forfeits himself?
- Luke 9:25 -
Do not be afraid, little flock,
for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
Sell your possessions and give to charity;
make yourselves money belts which do not wear out,
an unfailing treasure in heaven,
where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- Luke 12:32-34 -