Family Worship Center, Beloit WI
Sunday Service September 18, 2016
Celebration Service
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    1021 Cranston Rd, Beloit, WI 53511, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM

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Acts 2:42-47
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (NIV)
Luke 16:1-13
Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (NIV)
Scene 1 – Master’s Office
Characters:
• Master: Wealthy Middle Eastern landowner
• Manager: Middle man who is managing property and assets for the Master
• Debtors: Peasant farmers who live on the land as share-croppers

Action:
• The Master calls the Manager into his office and says, “What’s this I hear about you?”
• The Master fires the Manager saying, “You cannot be Manager any longer.”



Scene 2 – Getting the Books
• “Give an account of your management …” – The Manager needs to turn in the books.
• Nobody likes the Manager.
• Reputation will not allow him to get a job.
• Manager decides to stake his future on the Master’s reputation.
Scene 3 – The Plan
• The Manager summons all the Master’s debtors.
• All debts are reduced by 500 denarii.
• Debtors believe the Master approved the reduction.
Scene 4 – The Dilemma
• Debtors are celebrating the Master.
• Master has to decide between his reputation or money.
• For the Eastern mind, face or reputation is everything.
Lesson 1
The purpose of wealth is to win a welcome.

I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. - Luke 16:9 (NIV)
Lesson 2
Treasures are a test.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? Luke 16:10-12 (NIV)
Lesson 3
I master money or money masters me.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13 (NIV)
Stewardship is not just about money.
You have time and talents that can be used for God and his church.