A. As saints, we should realize that all the gains in the world are not worth the losing of one’s soul for (Matthew 16:24-27).
- What do material gains mean for us (Proverbs 13:7)?
- Are you willing to surrender materialism (Hebrews 11:24-26)?
- One CANNOT serve God and material wealth (Luke 16:13).
- Not only can one not be an elder if they love things of the world, you cannot even be a Christian in that state (I John 2:15-17).
II. Body: Not Greedy Of / Not Given To Filthy Lucre (I Timothy 3:3 and Titus 1:7).
A. This means: “sordid: — given to (greedy of) filthy lucre. Eager for base gain, greedy for money” (Strong’s # 146).
- Used in the two passages we are discussing, and then one other time in the New Testament (I Timothy 3:8).
- A principle that drives many false teachers (Jeremiah 6:13, II Peter 2:1-3, and II Peter 2:14-15).
- Causes judgment to be twisted (Isaiah 1:21-23).
- They focus on their carnal prosperity and people blindly follow them (Jeremiah 5:26-31).
- For gain, they strengthen the hands of evil doers (Ezekiel 13:17-23).
- They do all of this, and still maintain innocence (Micah 3:9-12).
- Their motive in what they teach is personal gain. Thus, they have to be stopped rather than put in an office of leadership (Titus 1:10-14).
- Covetousness is idolatry (Ephesians 5:5).
- Being content is the answer (Psalms 37:16, Luke 12:13-34, and Philippians 4:11-13).
III. Conclusion: I Peter 5:1-3
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