From the days of the garden of Eden to the present, greed has been a prominent wart on the end of the nose of our sinful human condition. And though we can see it in others, we seem to have no mirror with which to see it in ourselves. As we consider the case of Gehazi, we discover the diagnosis and the cure for the deadly sin of greed.
I. The Diagnosis of Greed
1. Greed grows on discontent, ingratitude, and fear
2. Greed is focused on getting
3. Greed views people as objects to be used
4. Greed is a root from which many other sins grow
5. Greed fails to see the endgame
II. The Cure for Greed
Sermon Discussion Questions:
1. Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income.” Why do you think that is?
2. What does greed promise us that makes it so attractive and tempting?
3. Where have you seen the power of greed at work in your own life? Where do you feel most tempted?
4. How do contentment, gratitude, and generosity all strike at the heart of greed?
5. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” How does God’s promise enable us to experience contentment and freedom from the love of money?
This is the second sermon in our series, "The Seven Deadly Sins". Today, February 21st, 2021, Trent Casto delivers his sermon from 2 Kings 5:9b-27 entitled "Greed".