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Components of Biblical Stewardship (2 of 7)
Series: Biblical Money Management
Introduction: We have launched out into the deep. We are getting out of the boat and putting one foot on the water. Improving our money management skills is actually improving our life management skills. In the last message, we established three very important foundational stones. Today we continue with the goal of encouraging you to be the manager of your life and finances according to God's standards.
I. BIBLICAL MONEY MANAGEMENT BASICS
A. MANAGEMENT IS A DISCIPLINE
1. Biblical money management is a discipline that touches every area of my life and requires constant focus.
2. Identifying the problems:
a. You have a desire to give but have nothing to give: money problem
b. You have a desire to give but have tied up your resources and cannot give: management problem
c. You have no desire to give, no desire for biblical management for any part of your life: heart problem
B. BIBLICAL MONEY MANAGEMENT IS THE RESULT OF LIFE MANAGEMENT REQUIRED OF THOSE WHO KNOW CHRIST AS SAVIOR AND LORD.
C. EXAMPLES OF STEWARDSHIP FROM THE BIBLE
1. Parable of the unjust steward: Luke 16:1-13
2. Parable of the talents: Matthew 25:14-30
3. Building your house on a solid foundation
Matt. 7:26-27 Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.
II. THE BIBLICAL DESCRIPTION OF A MANAGER IS A STEWARD
A. DEFINING THE WORD STEWARDSHIP
a. Luke 16:10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
b. 1 Cor. 4:1-2 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
2. Oikonomos: The manager of a hospital or estate; the treasurer of a city.
3. Epitropos: One to whose care or honor one has been entrusted, a curator, a guardian. The word is used to describe the function of delegated responsibility.
a. Rather than evaluating us as owners using our money, God evalutes us as servants using His money.
b. It is the quality of financial management, not the quantity of financial management.
c. Godly financial stewardship is a matter of how, not how much.
B. UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLICAL DESCRIPTION OF A STEWARD
1. A steward is a manager, administrator, one who governs something properly, rules over something, handles something, takes control of, takes over, takes the helm of, organizes that which is unorganized.
2. Stewards are people who have come to a final conclusion and commitment to God as the owner of all things and accept the responsibility to manage His resources.
3. Stewards are guardians of the interests of another. A steward owns nothing philosop ...
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