October 9, 2016 - Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Proverbs 6:6-11; Luke 16:1-11
Sermon Title: "Earn, Save, Give.: Money - The Excellent Gift"
Sermon Focus: Wesley declares that money is "an excellent gift of God" and points out that it is "the love of money," not money itself, that is the source of evil. He challenges his followers to "gain (earn) all you can". The Proverbs and Jesus' parables lift up the spiritual value of responsible work to earn money. But Wesley also puts boundaries around earning money so that we do not pay too high a price for it.
Sermon Text: And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light
Luke 16:8 (NRSV)