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Defining Stewardship (9 of 10)
Series: The Book of 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 4:1-8
1. Last week we looked at (3:11-23), where Paul discusses the importance of building our Christian lives on a proper foundation. The Foundation to which (or to Whom) he refers, is Christ. The building is the church: 1 Cor. 3:9-10, ''For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.''
2. Again, from our notes last week, Paul is telling us that if we build on a proper foundation and with the proper materials, then the problems the Corinthians were having will not exist in our church.
a. You will remember there was division and carnality. He compares their trouble with those who were building the church with wood, hay and stubble. Friend, we cannot build with wood, hay and stubble, nor with division and partiality and expect God to be pleased with our work.
3. This moves us into Chapter four, where Paul begins discussing the matter of stewardship--particularly, ministerial stewardship--those who had been charged with the ministry of the gospel and the supervision of the church. The Corinthians had begun to exalt certain ministers over others--Apollos, Cephas and Paul, himself.
The title of our lesson is; Defining Stewardship.'' I have three points given in the form of three questions:
I. Who Is a Steward?
II. Who Is a Minister?
III. Who is a Judge?
I. WHO IS A STEWARD?
Definition: Greek: oikonomos; ''Manager or overseer''
1. As we answer the question, ''Who is a steward?'' and we note that a steward is a manager or overseer; it becomes abundantly clear that though these men had a very special calling, we are all stewards. Paul was a steward, Apollos was a steward, Cephas was a steward and you a ...
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