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SERMON SUMMARY: We are all affected by our possessions, whether they are expensive or not, new or old, abundant or scarce. We tend to find ourselves looking to them as our source of happiness. Come this Sunday to see what Matthew 19 has to say about where we ought to put our trust.




All men seek happiness, this is without exception. Whatever different means they do employ all tend to this end.

—Blaise Pascal


Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.

― Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project 


Jesus is a teacher, especially in Matthew, but Jesus is first and last a Lord, and, in fact, only when Jesus’ lordship is accepted will his teaching be able to be followed.

—Frederick Dale Bruner



Psalm 37:4-7, 23-26

4 Delight yourself in the Lord,

   and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord;

   trust in him, and he will act.

6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,

   and your justice as the noonday.

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;

   fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,

   over the man who carries out evil devices!


23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord,

   when he delights in his way;

24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,

   for the Lord upholds his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old,

   yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken

   or his children begging for bread.

26 He is ever lending generously,

   and his children become a blessing.


Matthew 19:16-30

16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world,] when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold[c] and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.




God, you ask us to place our complete trust in you.

Forgive us for putting our hope in possessions.

-silent confession-


Lord, you ask us to be rich in good deeds.

Forgive us for our lack of generosity.

-silent confession-


God, have mercy on us and enable us to entrust ourselves to you.

For Christ’s sake, amen.