Sermon Title: "Possessed"
August 5, 2018
Mark Schlonger

Scripture: Matthew 19:16-26

And God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt,  out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:1) 
 
Notes: The words above begin the Ten Commandments, the foundation of the law that God gave Israel through Moses. These commandments show God’s people what a relationship with God and others should look like. Although boundary markers in relationships are necessary, they can also be stumbling 
 
blocks if they are disconnected from their purpose. That is, these commandments were meant to preserve healthy relationships, not to burden or prevent them.  

From Mark Schloneger: "The disciples thought that wealth was a sign of God’s favor, but Jesus was not only was rejecting that assumption, he was saying that wealth actually can be an obstacle to entering the kingdom. However, Jesus’ teaching to the rich young ruler was not a command to poverty. It was an invitation to see our possessions as not ultimately ours to control. This is what is so often missed in the story of Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler.  Jesus was not commanding him to be poor -- he was inviting him into the family of God.  The people of God practice a new kind of economics. We hold what we have in trust for each other. This isn’t a “requirement for salvation” – it is a joyful response to the salvation that we find in Christ!"

And God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:1) 
 
Notes: The words above begin the Ten Commandments, the foundation of the law that God gave Israel through Moses. These commandments show God’s people what a relationship with God and others should look like. Although boundary markers in relationships are necessary, they can also be stumbling 3 blocks if they are disconnected from their purpose. That is, these commandments were meant to preserve healthy relationships, not to burden or prevent them. 

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,  and with every living creature that is with you,  the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you,  as many as came out of the ark.  I establish my covenant with you,  that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Isaiah 2:4) 
 
Notes: (from Leader) An everlasting covenant is made between God, the people, and every living creature. God’s intentions for relationships with the earth are as wide and broad as the rainbow, the sign of this covenant. How are we invited to broaden our understandings of God’s covenant and what would that look like in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and creation? 


Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,  and with every living creature that is with you,  the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you,  as many as came out of the ark.  I establish my covenant with you,  that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Isaiah 2:4) 
 
Notes: (from Leader) An everlasting covenant is made between God, the people, and every living creature. God’s intentions for relationships with the earth are as wide and broad as the rainbow, the sign of this covenant. How are we invited to broaden our understandings of God’s covenant and what would that look like in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and creation? 

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