A Street Level Faith: Warnings of Wealth (Book of James)

A Street Level Faith: Book of James

‘Warnings of Wealth’

James 5:1-6


James 5:1-6 (ESV)

‘Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. 4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.’


1 Timothy 6:9-10 (The Message)

‘But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.’


 1.  Wealth can make us arrogant

    James 5:1-3; 1 Timothy 6:17; Matthew 19:23-26

                      Matthew 6:19; John 15:5

 2.  Wealth can make us insensitive

    James 5:4; Leviticus 19:13; Jeremiah 22:13; Malachi 3:5

          2 Timothy 3:4; Ecclesiastes 2:7-11; Psalm 11:7

 3.  Wealth can make us selfish

     James 5:5; Luke 16:19-31; Ephesians 2:8-9

              Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:6-8

 4.  Wealth can make us hateful

     James 5:6; Luke 12:15; Matthew 6:19-21



Matthew 6:19-21 (The Message)

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”

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