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Stewardship and Our Separation (1 of 9)
Series: Responsible Stewardship
1 Corinthians 4:2
June 4, 2003
1. This evening I want to begin a 12-part series on stewardship.
a. The Greek word in our text for "stewards" is "oikonomos," meaning, "manager, overseer or governor." A steward is someone who has been put in charge of, or has been made the steward of another's estate, house, or affairs.
1) In Genesis 15:2, Abraham said, "The steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
2) Jesus would say, "The steward of my house is Dan Rodgers." Jesus would say, "The steward of My house is Wayne Moore or Richard George or John Young or Mary Tinsley or Ann Nichols."
2. The truth of the matter is that all Christians have been made stewards over the work, ministry and Church of Christ. And, let me add; we are responsible for not only the work of the ministry, but we are also responsible for how we live our lives as Christians--our life is a stewardship responsibility:
a. 1 Cor. 6:19-20, "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
b. Our stewardship involves our physical bodies, our faithfulness, our commitment, our time, talents and treasure. God holds us accountable, and we are responsible.
3. Our message this evening is "Stewardship and Separation." I want to give you two points:
I. Separation Unto God
II. Separation From the World
I. SEPARATION UNTO GOD
1. Did you know that it is possible to be separated from the world and not really separated unto God? Churches are full of people who have separated themselves from the world--people, things, habits, etc.; however, the have left out the most important part. Although they have separated from the world, the have not separated themselves unto God. There is a ...
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