Bible Stories for Adults

The Parable of the Foolish Rich Man

Luke 12:13-34

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Jesus Heals Ten People with Leprosy (Luke 17:11-19)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. ... Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:15, 32

Opening Prayer

The Wisdom of God (Luke 15:1)
    Besides His powers, what attracted people to Jesus that was evident from His childhood?
      Luke 2:47, 52
    What happened when the Jewish leaders tried to use His reputation for wisdom against Him?
      Luke 20:20, 26, 39-40
    Why were they unable to trap Him in a bad answer to a difficult question?
      1 Corinthians 1:18-25
    Besides the Jewish leaders who tried to trap Him, did anyone else come to hear Jesus' wisdom?
      Luke 15:1

The Judge (Luke 12:13-14)
    What request of Jesus' wisdom prompted the story in today's lesson?
      Luke 12:13
    How did Jesus wisely respond to this request?
      Luke 12:14
    The term man was a severe form of address. Where else do we see this word used?
      Luke 22:58-60

The Inheritance (Numbers 27:8-11)
    Why was the man wrong in looking for Jesus' wisdom in this question?
      Numbers 27:8-11
    Should there ever be a question about how an inheritance should be given?
      Deuteronomy 21:15-17
      Note: First-born received a double share of the inheritance

    Using Israel and the land as an example, what did people have to do to get their inheritance?
      Leviticus 20:24
    Didn't the Israelites have to fight the Canaanites to get their inheritance?
      Deuteronomy 4:37-38
    What condition did God have in His covenant for the Israelites to keep their inheritance?
      Deuteronomy 6:13-15

Our Inheritance (Hebrews 9:15)
    What inheritance do we have as part of God's new covenant through Jesus?
      Hebrews 9:15
    Where will we receive our eternal inheritance?
      1 Peter 1:3-4
    Do we need to be as good as we can to receive this inheritance?
      Galatians 3:17-18
    How do we know that we will receive this inheritance?
      Ephesians 1:13-14
    What great Old Testament prophet understood the importance of the inheritance of the Spirit?
      2 Kings 2:9

Greed (Luke 12:15)
    Why was Jesus so bothered by this man's request?
      Luke 12:15
    With all of the other sins displayed around Him, why would Jesus be so upset at seeing greed?
      Colossians 3:5
    How important is it to God that His people avoid greed, or covetousness?
      Exodus 20:17
    Why is the idolatry of greed such a horrible sin to be avoided?
      Ephesians 5:5

Greed - An Unforgivable Sin? (Luke 18:24-27)
    How could simple greed keep someone from going to heaven?
      Luke 16:13
    Is there any way for a greedy person to be saved?
      Acts 3:19
    How easy is it for someone to turn from greed?
      Luke 18:24-25
    Does this mean it is impossible to be rich and go to heaven?
      Luke 18:26-27

The Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21)
    What story did Jesus then tell to make sure the people understood His point?
      Luke 12:16-20
    How does this story fit with Jesus' message on greed? (Reread with emphasis on I and my)
      Luke 12:16-19
    How does God show this rich farmer that his wealth is a foolish god?
      Luke 12:20
    Is Jesus here saying that it is wrong to be wealthy and to prepare for the future?
      Luke 12:21

Stored Treasures (Matthew 6:19-21)
    How does this rich farmer fit a description David gave of an evil man?
      Psalm 52:7
    Do only rich or cut-throat people need to hear this lesson?
      Matthew 10:37-38
    What treasures should the rich farmer have stored?
      Matthew 6:19-20
    Why would treasures in heaven be so secure?
      Matthew 6:21

Getting Rich (1 Timothy 6:7-8; Luke 12:22-32)
    What should we remember when we are tempted to store treasures on earth?
      1 Timothy 6:7
      There are no pockets in a shroud. You don't see a U-Haul behind a hearse.
    How much earthly treasures should it take to make us content?
      1 Timothy 6:8
    What did Jesus say after the parable that tells how much we should worry about these needs?
      Luke 12:22-31
    Besides giving us these things, what more valuable thing has God given us?
      Luke 12:32

Getting Rich (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
    What about all of the people who aren't content with food and clothing and want to get rich?
      1 Timothy 6:9
    Will going to church every week keep up out of this trap?
      Matthew 13:22
    Is this because money is so evil?
      1 Timothy 6:10

Being Rich (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
    What if we have more than basic needs? Do we need to get rid of our material wealth?
      1 Timothy 6:17
    What should we remember about our wealth?
      Acts 17:24-25

    Why might God bless us with material blessings and wealth?
      Genesis 12:2
    How does Paul describe this to Timothy?
      1 Timothy 6:18
    What does this do to the treasures we are storing up?
      1 Timothy 6:19

Rich or Poor (Proverbs 30:7-9)
    Did Jesus agree that giving from what God gives us can store treasures in heaven
      Luke 12:33
    Does this mean that we can get to heaven by giving money to others?
      Luke 12:34

    In conclusion, should we ask to be rich to bless others or to be poor to keep from temptation?
      Proverbs 30:7-9
    What was the one material request Jesus included in His example of how to pray?
      Matthew 6:11

Closing Prayer

For Further Study (Luke 12:22-30)
    What six reasons does Jesus give why we should not worry about material things?
      Luke 12:22-23
      Luke 12:24
      Luke 12:25-26
      Luke 12:27
      Luke 12:28
      Luke 12:29-30

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