What do you have that you
did not receive?
And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift? (1 Corinthians 4:7)
WHAT IS STEWARDSHIP?
Stewardship is a lifestyle,
a life of total accountability and responsibilities acknowledging God
as Creator and Source of all.
As stewards, we see ourselves as caretakers and caregivers of all God's gifts.
Gratitude for these gifts is expressed in prayer and worship and by joyfully sharing these gifts out of our love of God.
As followers of Jesus Christ,
we are called to live His life as our own.
This is discipleship.
Jesus makes the way of Stewardship very clear. He asks us to take care of His Church, His World, and His People.
We are asked to put our personal abilities, skills, and resources at the service of the Church and the world so that our mission is modeled after Jesus Christ.
WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL STEWARDSHIP MAKE IN MY LIFE?
A difference is in the focus of giving. Instead of concentrating on the needs of those to whom we are giving, the focus is primarily on God, our relationship with Him and in one's need to give oneself through time, talent and treasure to God and His people.
IS STEWARDSHIP JUST A PLOY TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE CHURCH?
No! Stewardship is a way of life based on spiritual principles
Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)
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Updated June 23, 2013