Preached by Dr Paula Gooder on Sunday, August 11th, 2019
Our visiting speaker who looks after treasures at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, follows Jesus teaching to ask us where is our treasure?
Dr Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas focus on the writings of Paul the Apostle, with a particular focus on 2 Corinthians and on Paul’s understanding of the Body. Her passion is to ignite people’s enthusiasm for reading the Bible today, by presenting the best of biblical scholarship in an accessible and interesting way. Her books include Phoebe, Journey to the Empty Tomb, Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person and Heaven. Paula works full-time for the Church of England as the Director of Mission Learning and Development in the Birmingham Diocese, and this year was appointed as the Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, the first lay person appointed to this role.
Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, August 4th, 2019
Confronted by a civil concern, Jesus grasps the opportunity to teach His disciples about the subtle and tempting lure of greed, preparing them for their mission in the world.
Far from condemning wealth, through the parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus strongly warns against the Rich Man’s error, not that he acquired wealth, invested in safely, or that he enjoyed some of its fruits, but that he praised only himself, and used his riches, only to benefit himself.
Much of what the Rich Man seems applaudable, but his actions testify to the treasures of his heart. It’s about him, and him alone. We must consider our attitude, towards all God’s blessings, but especially money, lest we fall into the same temptation.
Through this parable, Jesus illustrates that life does not consist of an abundance of possessions, instead, it is to be abundant in richness towards God.
From the passage, we’re encouraged to give thanks to God for what we have, whether rich or poor, and to prayerfully seek to use God’s blessings to us, for His purposes.