November 18th, 2018 “Spreading Seeds of Generosity Establishes Thankfulness”
“Spreading Seeds of Generosity Establishes Thankfulness”
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (NIV) “10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
We will continue our “Generosity of Giving” theme today. The Stewardship Team, Finance Team and the Administrative Council deeply appreciates your willingness to complete an “Estimate of Giving Card” for 2019, “Thank You.”
The following principles came from an article I read while preparing this sermon. I thought they were good. I hope they will be helpful to you. “Leadership Is Stewardship” - By Bill Peel - Four important principles about biblical stewardship we must understand:
1. The principle of ownership.
(Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.) This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.
2. The principle of responsibility.
Although God gives us “all things richly to enjoy,” nothing is ours. Nothing really belongs to us. God owns everything; we’re responsible for how we treat it and what we do with it. While we complain about our rights here on earth, the Bible constantly asks, What about your responsibilities? Owners have rights; stewards have responsibilities.
3. The principle of accountability.
A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, and one day each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what the Master has given us.
4. The principle of reward.
In Colossians 3:23-24 Paul writes: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”