Sermons on Stewardship

Provision and Generosity

There is no win in comparison Work is not a four letter word  Self-control is Christ-Control  Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth God does everything with excellence  James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. Ephesians 5:1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children Generosity…

Debt and Self-Control

Proverbs 10:22 It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it. There is no win in comparison  Contentment: Realizing that God has provided everything I need for my present happiness.  Thank God for his good gifts  Work is not a four-letter word  This is for you  Diligence: Visualizing each task as a special assignment from the Lord and using all my energies to accomplish it. Freedom Freedom: To act, speak, or think as…

Diligence vs Laziness

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain Enjoy God and his good gifts  1 Timothy 6:7-10 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds…

Comparison vs Contentment

Peace  Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.  Matthew 6:28-33 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that…

Difference Makers

Difference Makers Purpose and Significance are basic human needs Purpose/Contributing to others “When they had no more left to give, they found the energy to help the person next to them.” “Service to others is what makes the highest performing teams in the world.” Meaning/Significance = Lasting Purpose “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” Viktor Frankl Ultimate meaning and purpose are found in Jesus For even the Son of Man came…

Owned – Part 3

Money can be used here to get people there Money is a tool for eternity   Money is a test   Act. 20:25 It is more blessed to give than to receive   What stops us from being generous?  We think we don’t we have enough to be generous  First Fruits/Tithing: the first ten percent is given to God   I will worship God with my first and my best and trust God with the rest   God abundantly provides for me so he can abundantly provide through me   Jesus’ new…

Owned – Part 2

If we see as God sees, we will be more likely to do as God does   Nowhere else in our lives is our belief so stretched than in the area of generosity!  Manager (of God’s resources), Give an account (on judgment day), Short window on time (life is short), One opportunity (one life), People welcoming (in heaven)  Money can be used here to get people there   Resources are a tool (for eternity)   Money is a test   Act. 20:25 It is more blessed to give than to receive  …

Owned – Part 1

We are holding onto life-views that holding us back   Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2 (Philips) Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his…