Rich In This World – Notes/Study Sheet
(I Tim. 6:17-19)

 

Introduction:

   * New Testament mentions those in deep poverty (II Cor 8:2) and those “very rich” (Luke 18:23).

   * We who don’t consider ourselves rich still have much. Sadly, some want even more.

   * I Tim. 6:8-9 – We should be happy having only the necessities of life.

 

1. Do not be high-minded (v. 17).

   * Mark 7:20-23 -

   * Psalm 10:4 –

   * Ezek. 7:10 –

 

2. Do not trust in uncertain riches (v. 17).

   * We can be spiritually rich (Rev. 2:9). I Tim. 6 not discussing this.  * Parable of rich man of Luke 12 –

 

 

3. Do trust in the Living God (v. 17). (Prov. 3:5).

   * “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jer. 10:23).

   * “O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust” (Psalm 7:1).

 

   * II Tim. 4:10 –

 

   * Acts 4:12 –

   * God is a refuge for those that trust in Him (Psalm 46:1).   * Don’t put your trust in money (Zeph. 1:18).

 

4. Do remember the source of your riches (v. 17).

   * Ps. 116:10 –

   * I Cor. 16:2 –

   * We must also put forth effort (II Thess. 3:10).

   * Acts 17:25 –

 

5. Do good (v. 18).

   * We should use our money to help those in need (Eph. 4:28).

   * Christians are created in Christ Jesus “unto good works” (Eph. 2:10).

   * Gal. 6:10 –

 

   * Lord wants us to be zealous of good works (Titus 2:14).

 

6. Do be rich in good works (v. 18).

   * Matt. 5:16 –

 

7. Do be ready to distribute and willing to share (v. 18).

   * Barnabas (Acts 4:36-37).

   * II Cor. 9:7 –

  

8. Do store up a good foundation for the time to come (v. 19).

   * Matt. 6:20-21 –

   * Jesus the One foundation (I Cor. 3:11). Serve Him (Luke 6:46).

  

9. Do not lose sight of what is most important (v. 19).

   * Cares of this world can destroy us (Mark 4:19).

   * Money isn’t a problem – the love of it is (I Tim. 6:10).

 

Conclusion: “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ” (Phil. 3:7). “For to me to live is Christ...” (Phil. 1:21).                                                                                                              R.W. McAlister  12/7/08 a.m.