Episode 090 – Parable of the Rich Fool Pt 1: Possessed By Our Possessions

Key Passage(s): Luke 12:13-21

Possessions can be tricky. On the one hand, many of them are needed and incredibly useful. But on the other hand, they can possess us in ways that we may or may not realize. In the Parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus warns, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” His point is easy to understand. But then the question becomes, “Do we actually live as if what he said is true?” Let’s find out.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from part one of the Parable of the Rich Fool teaching?
  • Jesus warned, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” How did his words hit you in the teaching?
  • Where do you believe you’re using possessions in a helpful and life-giving way?
  • Where might you be blinded by the way your possessions may be possessing you?
  • What may God be saying to you about your relationship with possessions and how He wants you to think and live differently moving forward?
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?

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  1. Bill Black November 19, 2019 at 9:12 am - Reply

    It’s about the Kingdom of His Father He presenting.
    What is the characted of His Fathers kingdom?
    TORAH, all 613 plus the 10.
    KOG character expects giving, etc; in obediance with or without an emotion; which will come when the promised blessing of “pressed down and running ovef” occurs, as promised by Jesus’ Father, the King.
    Love it Brad, love it!

  2. Crystal Lorenzo November 26, 2019 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    I needed this so much. After tragedy hitting our family 3 months ago this season has had me stressed to the max about possessions, not only Christmas but long term like the dream of owning my own home and getting a good vehicle for my kids. It has hindered seeking his kingdom first. I am now humbled. Thank you so much Brad!

  3. Randy Langley February 9, 2020 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Brad, it seems that my sermon series viewing schedule reflects my indoor cardio workout schedule…the fact that I’m just watching this episode may tell you a little bit about my current fitness level. That being said, I just wanted to let you know what a great job you are doing in this parable series. The power and explosiveness of Jesus’s teaching is deep and wide and impactful and you are doing an incredible job of providing that insight. Thank you for all your great work!

    • Brad Gray February 11, 2020 at 11:58 am - Reply

      Really appreciate this, Randy! And hey, after all you have been through, working out at any level is a tremendous grace gift. Glad to hear you’re doing well, my friend!

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