A Beggar Named Lazarus

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Teaching Notes

How do you end up with more of what really matters in life?

How do you take hold of life that is truly life?

How will you measure your life?


19  “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.  20  At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores  21  and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22  “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.  23  In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.  24  So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25  “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.  26  And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27  “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,  28  for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29  “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30  “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31  “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Luke 16:13-31

Life is more than just a _______________.

Life is a _______________ to a _______________.


- Begin with the _______________ in _______________.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12

- Recalibrate your internal _______________.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Luke 16:13

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Proverbs 19:17

The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

Proverbs 22:9

- Life is _______________, Eternity is _______________.

“You are a never-ceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe.”

- Dallas Willard