Feb 17, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
The Nature of Stewardship
Point #1 Reward
Stewardship is about experiencing rewards. We should not give to the work of God or meet the needs of others for selfish reasons, but there are rewards that come to good stewards. We may not always like it when the pastor or other church leaders encourages us to generously give more in our offering, but it only makes sense that the church needs money in order to keep its doors open and to fulfil its mission within the community. The church depends on the generosity of God’s people in giving money, time, and abilities (I Corinthians 16:1-4; II Corinthians 9:6-8).
It is thrilling to see the church thriving and people coming into the family of God, knowing that you helped make it happen by what you gave to the Lord through the church. It feels good to give.
How have you seen God reward your stewardship or the stewardship of others?
Point #2 Accountability
Stewardship is about responsibility and accountability. Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded” (Luke 12:48). God is interested in what we do with what we have. He is so interested in this that “each of us will give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12), not just as to whether we have accepted His offer of grace through Christ, but how we have responded to His mission in the world and to the needs of hurting people (Matthew 25:31-46).
Do you spend significant time with God through His Word, prayer, quiet time, devotions, or other spiritual disciplines? How much; how constant? Is He your driving force?
Point #3 Obedience
Stewardship is about embarking on a life of obedience. Being a fully functioning disciple of Christ involves a commitment to honor God with all that you are, all that you do, and all that you have. When God commands you to do something, it is for your benefit. The good life is found in living in obedience to the will and purpose of God (Proverbs 10:17; Deuteronomy 5:33; John 14:23; James 1:22). The Bible makes it clear that obedience is not just a choice--it’s the core of the gospel. It’s the hallmark of a genuine believer.
How is obedience to God real freedom?
In what ways is our obedience challenged?
Next week, we’ll continue our stewardship series on “tithing”, “cheerful giving” & much more…