requires Christ followers to transform their thinking and their hearts to focus on storing up treasures in heaven.
"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."Isaiah 43:19 ESV Is your church on...
My 2012 journey in stewardship and generosity is similar to an expedition I heard described by Alison Levine to Mount Everest. Little did not know what obstacles lay before me or what God...
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:21, ESV The following is an excerpt from David Platt’s recent book, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.: “So if...
Stewardship and Generosity
We believe the Bible teaches that stewardship includes giving cheerfully, generously and sacrificially; trusting Christ; being obedient to His Word; and demonstrating a love for God and others reflected in the act of generous giving.
God has entrusted to every disciple His resource so each disciple may steward their resources for His glory, for the benefit of others here and now, and to make eternal investments into the lives of others, those we will never meet, and future generations.
In Mark 12:41-44, we read about how a widow gave an offering of two copper coins that equaled one penny. That may not seem like much, especially compared to the large sums given by the rich people that same day. However, Jesus tells His disciples that this widow’s offering exceeded that of the rich because she gave Him all she had. He knew that the widow gave out of love instead of obligation. She did not give to be seen of others.
Stewardship is a heart issue. It is a way of life for Christ followers. It is offering to Christ all that we are and all that we possess. It asks if we are willing to spend sufficient and consistent time in prayer and in God’s Word. It reminds us that those who follow Jesus should invest time in discipling and serving others – all for God’s glory and purposes. Stewardship is the manifestation of our love for Jesus and our love for others extending His grace.
JD Greear on Stewardship
Encouraging us to give of our financial resources as an act of love and obedience
Moving toward life that is truly life
by Gordon MacDonald
Annual stewardship emphasis: Living in Sync with God
Church Budget Toolbox
Interactive CD that guides churches through several different styles of budgets