The Rich Fool

More from Life Is More

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?

THE RICH FOOL: Luke 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Greed: Life consisting in the abundance of possessions.

Materialism: Money/Possessions are the keys to life, happiness, and security.

Consumerism: the more you consume, the happier you’ll be.

There is more to life than having more in life.

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.  And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”


Life is more than the ____________ & ____________.

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

- Dallas Willard

- The rich fool never saw beyond ____________.

A fool is one who ____________ as if there is no ____________. [Ps. 14:1]

- The rich fool never saw beyond this ____________.

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

- Mark 8:36

How do we become rich toward God?

A lifestyle of ____________ is how we invest ____________.


Application: Reverse the ____________.

Normative:                                                            A Generous Lifestyle:
-------------------------------                                    ---------------------------
____________ what you make           →              ____________ to God first
____________ if you can                      →              ____________ second
____________ if there’s any left         →.             ____________ on the rest