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Stewardship and Our Service (2 of 9)
Series: Responsible Stewardship
1 Corinthians 4:2
June 11, 2003
1. Last week we talked about the stewardship of separation, that we are to be separated from the world and we are to be separated unto God. This evening our discussion has to do with "Stewardship and Our Service."
2. Last week I made this statement: "All Christians have been made stewards over the work, ministry and Church of Christ." I want to develop that thought and expand some in this important area of service. Let me give you three points:
I. The Charge Given
II. The Results Expected
III. The Effort Rewarded
I. THE CHARGE GIVEN
1. When Jesus went back to heaven He left his work for us to do. Every, single, Christian has been given an assignment to carry out His work until He returns. God has given each of us a charge or responsibility:
A. For me, it is this ministry
1. 2 Tim. 4:1-2, "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."
2. God has made me accountable for this ministry. It is an awesome responsibility to pastor a church and to know that one day I will stand before God to give an account of this stewardship--a stewardship of service.
a. Sometimes I feel a little weary. Sometimes I feel like I would like to retire, sometimes I feel like the fellow in the following story. . .
ILLUS: Charlie T. Jones wrote, "There is a plague sweeping the world, it is now reaching epidemic proportions. It's better known as the Quitters Disease. Everywhere I go I hear the phrase, in many different tones I QUIT - I QUIT - I QUIT. I expect to be greeted by some overwhelming, happy associate each time I return to the office with a great big - I QUIT.
The problem with most people is that they ...
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