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A New Beginning in Giving (6 of 7)
Series: All Things New
Pastor Brad Whitt
2 Corinthians 9
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word this morning and turn with me to 2nd Corinthians chapter 9 if you would. We are in a series of sermons on our spiritual stewardship that we have entitled, "All Things New." This is one of the things that we do here at Temple at the beginning of a new year – we take some time to refocus and recommit ourselves to being good stewards over the goodness and the gifts and the grace that God has entrusted to us. Now, what is stewardship? ILLUS: Ron Blue, puts it this way. "Stewardship is the use of God-given resources for the accomplishment of God-given goals." ILLUS: John Wesley, "When the Possessor of Heaven and earth brought you into being and placed you in this world, He placed you here not as an owner but as a steward." You see, whether you realize it or not, whether you recognize it or not, nothing you have, nothing you own, nothing you have your name upon really belongs to you. You house doesn't belong to you. You car doesn't belong to you. Your children don't belong to you. Your bank account doesn't belong to you. The clothes that you are wearing this morning don't belong to you. Nothing belongs to you. Why? It all belongs to Him. You say, "Where do you get that from?" The Bible. Psalm 24:1 says, "The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein." ILLUS: Somebody once said, "He owns the cattle on a thousand hills." Hey, I've got news for you. He not only owns the cattle. He owns the hills. You see, everything belongs to Him and that's why "every good gift and every perfect gift (the Bible says) is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights." (James 1:17) So, anything and everything that you have is a gift from God and is to be treated as a gift from God. This past Wednesday night, we had our Wednesday Night Bible Study. ( I know that it may come ...
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