The Strength of Capitalization

Steve Viars September 9, 2012 Luke 19:1-27

Please Note: the full transcript is available in the Manuscript link above. 

Psalm 138:3 - On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.

1. Shoring up foundational areas in our walk with Christ and our church ministries that comprise the basis of godliness and effective community service.

2. Planning and praying for the construction of Faith West and the successful launch of a cluster of new ministries in West Lafayette.

3. Preparing for the next round of ministry dreaming as we embark on a new strategic planning process in 2013.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 - And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Psalm 119:18 - Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law.

Psalm 119:37 - Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in Your ways.

Proverbs 12:15 - The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

Proverbs 23:26 - Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes delight in my ways.

3 principles to help us use this fall in a way that honors the Lord

I. Learn to Seize Opportunities by Developing Christ-Like Vision

A. Who Zaccheus was

1. He was a wicked man

v. 2 - he was a…tax collector

2. He was a wealthy man

v. 2 - he was rich

3. He was a powerful man

v. 2 - he was a chief tax collector

4. He was an empty man

Kent Hughes – “Zaccheus was drawn by the severe mercy of dissatisfaction”

v. 3 - Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was…

B. How others viewed him

1. Someone to gossip and grumble about

v. 7 - When they saw it, they began to grumble…

2. Just a "sinner"

v. 7 - He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner

C. The lens Jesus brought to the "eye appointment"

1. You are a divine appointment

v. 5 - Today I must stay at your house

2. You are someone worth seeking

v. 10 - The Son of man has come to seek…

3. You are a marvelous candidate for redemption

v. 10 - …and to save that which was lost

D. Jesus' compassionate view resulted in Zaccheus' amazing transformation

1. He repented and placed his faith in Christ

v. 9 - And Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this house…"

2. He began making dramatic changes

Luke 19:8 - Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.”

v. 11 - While they were listening to these things…

II. Invest What God has Entrusted to You Wisely

A. Jesus likened ministry to "doing business"

Luke 19:13 - And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, "Do business with this until I come back."

Luke 19:15 - When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done.

B. Much of what is entrusted to us is similar

C. The fundamental difference is the issue of faithfulness

Luke 19:17 - And he said to him, "Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities."

1 Corinthians 4:2 - In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.

D. Beware of self-deceptive excuses

Luke 19:21 - for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.

E. Be prepared for the marvelous beauty of "more"

Luke 19:26 - I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.

III. Remember that All of this Says a Lot about What You Think of Your King

Luke 19:27 - But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.

Steve Viars

B.S. - Bible, Baptist Bible College
M.Div. - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. - Westminster Theological Seminary

Pastor Steve Viars has served at Faith Church since 1987. He and his wife Kris were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. Pastor Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God, and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith ministries and serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

Read Steve Viars’ Journey to Faith for the full account of how the Lord led Pastor Viars to Faith Church.

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