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The Nature of Stewardship - February 10, 2016

Feb 10, 2016
                                                                                                                                                 
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The Nature of Stewardship

Point #1 Generosity
Stewardship is about embracing generosity. John Wesley’s (17 century Anglican minister and theologian) perspective on responsible stewardship has become well-known: “Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.” For most people, earning is desirable; saving is challenging; and giving is most difficult. Since God is generous. He wants His people to be generous too. He gives to us so we can give to others. He loves it when we give generously with a cheerful heart (2 Corinthians 9:7).    
 
Jesus watched as a poor widow put two small coins into the temple offering box. It wasn’t much; in fact, the two small copper coins were the least valuable of all currency at that time, but it was all she had. Jesus said, “This poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:43-44).
 
In what ways have you seen God’s generosity?
 
Point #2 Discipline (Prov. 13:18; Hebrews 12:9-11)
 
Stewardship is about practicing a spiritual discipline. Discipline often has more of a negative feeling to it than it should. Most of us do not have to discipline ourselves to show up at the table when it is time to eat. It has become a pattern that both feels good and is good for us. Developing spiritual patterns is a good thing too, and there is value in creating a pattern of giving. Once we have established the discipline of setting aside an amount to give on a regular basis, it becomes a pattern about which we no longer enter into an inner debate. Managing our resources responsibly requires establishing controls, boundaries, and principles that reflect our Christian values.
 
What disciplines do you need to establish to manage your resources?
 
Point #3 Worship
 
Stewardship is about enriching and energizing our worship. As followers of Christ, everything we do ought to be done as an act of worship. The apostle Paul said God’s ownership even extends to our bodies which should be given to Him as “living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is {our} spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1). Being responsible stewards honors God by raising Him to His rightful place in our lives. Giving our resources in sacrificial service and monetary contributions is not an interlude (or break) in public worship, but very much at the heart of our worship.
 
Next week, we’ll continue our stewardship series on “reward”, “accountability” & “obedience.”

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