March 6, 2016

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“Ownership vs Stewardship”
Text: Psalm 24:1 
The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.

  Stewardship –“A Person responsible for and who manages another person’s property or affairs”

How does that relate to us, today?
 Does it?  
Yes we are the caretakers of all the life God gives us, period!  

A. W. Tozer gave us a great list of simple questions to test how we are doing.
1.What do we want most?
2.What do we think about most?
3.How do we spend our money?
4.What do we do in our leisure time?
5.The company we enjoy keeping?
6.Who and what we admire?
7.What makes us laugh?

A.We are God’s. He Owns All of Us, Every Part

Psalm 24:1
The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.


B. Our Responsibility Is to Use His Resources for Our Needs

Genesis 1:26 
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

 1 Corinthians 4:1 - 2  
4 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful

We must do what we can for us and ours!

C.As Stewards God’s Mission Must Be Foundation For Our Focus

Matthew 28: 19 – 20
 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

How do we use God’s resource’s in our control to
embrace His Plan?

Conclusion – We are not owners we are caretakers!

Ownership    verses    Stewardship
part two
March 17

 Stewardship Part 2 

 Text: Deuteronomy 14:22 -25
 22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
23 And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always.
24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the Lord thy God hath blessed thee:
25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose:

Introduction -Stewardship –“a person responsible for and who manages another person’s property or affairs”

 Questions to check our Management
1.What do we want most?
2.What do we think of most?
3.How do we use our money?
4.What do we do with our leisure time?
5.What company do we enjoy?
6.Who and what do we admire most?
7.What do we laugh about? 
  A.W. Tozer

Remember God owns our:  

Today we will examine Finances:

A.The Love of Money Does Not Satisfy and is Improper Focus
Ecclesiastes 5:10 
   10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

1 Timothy 6:10 
  10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Hebrews 13:5
   5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 

  * Possess Money don’t Allow it to Possess you! 


  B. Providing for One’s Family (when Able) is not an Option for the Christian

  1 Timothy 5:8  
   8 But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 

  C. Our Focus cannot be on what we have but what we cherish

 Matthew 6:19 – 24
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

  So How Do we handle the Money as Christ Children?
Give Regular Offerings
Give For Righteous Reasons
Give Required Amount
Give in Right Places 

 Conclusion - God thank you for meeting our needs may we be found faithful with our obligations as Your Children.