IF GOD OWNS IT ALL, WHAT AM I DOING WITH IT?
I. GOD OWNS IT ALL (vs. 14-19)
A. God Has A Right To Do Whatever He Wants With Possessions He Has Given Me.
B. Every Spending Decision Is A Spiritual Decision.
II. GOD USES POSSESSIONS TO PREPARE US FOR HIS COMING KINGDOM (vs.20-23)
A. Money and Possessions Are A Very Effective Tool That God Uses In Our Lives
B. Money and Possessions Are A Very Effective Test That God Uses In Our Lives
C. Money and Possessions Are A Very Effective Testimony That God Uses In Our Lives
III. THE AMOUNT IS NOT IMPORTANT (vs. 21-23)
A. What Is Important Is Not The Amount Of Possessions.
B. What Makes God Angry? (vs. 26)
IV. STEWARDSHIP REQUIRES ACTION (vs. 24-30)
A. The Wicked Servant Knew What To Do, But He Did Nothing.
B. We Know What To Do, But We Disobey Or Delay.
Reasons Every Christian Should Be A Tither.
1, Obedience. Matthew 23: 23
2. Honesty. Malachi 3: 8
3. Love. John 14: 15
4. Gratitude. Psalms 1: 16
5. Faith. Malachi 3: 10, Matthew6: 33, Luke 6: 38
The Requirement – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. . . “
The Response – “. . . and test me now in this …”
The Reward – “. . . open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” Malachi 3:10
POVERTY OR PROSPERITY?
Three Words to Describe a Slave/Owner Relationship –
I. Three Perspectives Contrasted
` 3. Stewardship
II. Problems With Poverty and Prosperity Theology
A. Problems with a Poverty Theology
1. There is a presumption of dishonesty
2. It exaggerates the role of sacrificial work.
3. They are extremely naïve.
4. It can become a manipulative lifestyle.
B. Problems with a Prosperity Theology
1. It becomes a sign of God’s approval.
2. It produces guilt.
3. It creates wrong motives.
C. Is God obligated to us?
D. Financially Blessed Christians Can Often Fall for One or
More of these Errors
1. They take credit for prosperity.
4. Dependence upon prosperity.
Stewardship doesn’t ask the question, “What did you give up?”
Stewardship doesn’t ask the question “What are you going to do with what you’re going to get?”
Stewardship asks one simple question, “What are you doing, right now, with what you have?”
The Benefits of Lifestyle Stewardship
I. HOW TO DEVELOP A LIFESTYLE OF GIVING
A. Totally Give Yourself To God.
B. Learn The Biblical Benefit Of Giving.
C. Apply Those Principals To Life.
II. THE BENEFITS OF LIFESTYLE GIVING
A. It Puts Material Wealth Into A Biblical Perspective.
B. It Teaches Us That Giving Should Not Be Separated From
Behavior. (Matt. 5:23-24)
C. It Is A Key Test Of Spiritual Commitment. (Luke 6:11)
D. It Protects Against Financial Enslavement. (Matt 6:24)
E. It Gives Me Victory Over Materialism. (1 Tim 6:17-19)
F. It Strengthens My Faith. (Malachi 3:10)
G. It Makes Me Happy. (1 Chron 29:9)
H. It Blesses Me In Return (Luke 6:38; Prov 22:9)
I. It Keeps Me From Losing My Assets and My Abilities.
J. It’s The Proof Of My Love. (2 Cor 8:7-8)
K. It Focuses on the Eternal Rather Than The Temporal.
L. It Will Bring Rightful Recognition From God.
M. It Makes Me More Like God. (John 3:16)
What Makes A Great Church?
I. What drives the Church?
A. Some Are Driven By Tradition.
B. Some Are Driven By Personality.
C. Some Are Driven By Finances.
D. Some Are Driven By Programs.
E. Some Are Driven By Buildings.
II. God Desires for the Church to be healthy.
A. Notice What God’s Word Says About Heath
2 Corinthians 2:9
B. Church Health is the Key to church growth.
III. The Qualities of a Heathy Church
A. A Healthy Church begins with a passion for God
B. A Healthy Church will walk humbly in the presence of God
C. A Healthy Church will be united in its purpose
D. A Healthy Church will make the needs of a lost world their
Philippians 2: 12-16
I. A passion to know Christ Jesus.
A. What do we want, as a church: (Phil 3:10)
B. Where are we, as a church?
II. An overflowing love for others.
A. Paul was not only inwardly excited, he was outwardly motivated.
B. Does loving this way come naturally for those who trust Christ? (Phil 1:9)
III. A willingness to pay a price.
A. “There is no bargain day in the Kingdom of God.” (Matt 13:44)
B. What do we want to be, as a church? (Matt 8:19-20)
IV. A confidence that God will provide the resources.
“…my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of
His glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19)
May we commit ourselves to this task in this new year – “so that you may be blameless and pure, innocent children of God surrounded by people who are crooked and corrupt. Among these people you shine like stars in the world.” (Phil 2:15 CEB)