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Part 3: The Stewardship of Money-Part 1
Samuel J. Schultz wrote: "A God fearing person must always be conscious that all abilities are a divine endowment." This includes " the ability to produce wealth" (Deuteronomy 8:18). What this means is the subject of our study.
I. A God-Given Ability.
A. The ability to produce. v. 18
1. Divinely created resources.
2. Divinely endued resourcefulness.
B. The possibility of abuse.
1. Failing to give glory. v. 10
2. Forgetting to express appreciation. v. 18
3. Following a self absorbed lifestyle. v. 17
II. A God-Given Opportunity.
A. To learn discipline. v. 5
1. The example of the tithe. Deuteronomy 12:4 7
Part 4: The Stewardship of Money-Part 2
2 Corinthians 8:1-9
In the Old Testament God's people were required to exercise discipline in their spiritual lives by worshipping the Lord in tithes and offerings and by expressing their devotion to the Lord in special offerings. In the New Testament tithing appears to be assumed but the emphasis is clearly on cheerful and generous giving.
I. An Example of Giving.
A. The illustration of Macedonian churches.
1. Alerted to an opportunity to give. 9:2
2. Responsive to the need for gifts. 8:2
a. A sacrificial response.
i. Extreme trials.
ii. Extreme poverty.
iii. Extreme generosity.
iv. Extreme devotion.
b. A spontaneous response. v. 3b, See v. 17
c. A spiritual response. v. 4
i. Privilege ("charis"), sharing ("koihonia"), service ("diakonia").