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Stewardship and Our Silver (4 of 9)
Series: Responsible Stewardship
July 16, 2003
1. 1 Cor. 16:1-2, "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."
2. 2 Cor. 9:6-8, "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
3. Thus far, we have talked about service, separation and salvation. Tonight, our thoughts are about giving--the stewardship of our money.
a. And as we think about money, let's be reminded that in reality, we own nothing. Everything we have belongs to God. 1 Cor. 4:7, "And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
4. If we understand two basic things about money, then it will be a simple matter to be faithful with our money: First, that it all belongs to God, and secondly, that God has made us stewards over the money He has given us. And by the way, good intentions don't pay the light bill in the church. Some will say, "I can't afford to give right now--I'll do it later."
a. What happens with that kind of thinking? Later usually becomes later and later, until it's too late.
ILLUS: Kinda reminds me of the following story. . .
I will tell you the story of Jonathan Brown, The wealthiest man in Vanastorbiltown. He had lands; he had houses, and factories and stocks, Good gilt-edged investments, as solid as rocks. "Every thing that I have," he so fre ...
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