ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CHURCH
CENTER OF GOD’S FAVOUR
ALIMOSHO MEGA WORSHIP CENTER
WEEKLY MANNA 10th February, 2015
THEME: CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP
TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING OF STEWARDSHIP
TEXT: 1 COR. 4:2
INTRODUCTION: Christians that are heavenly minded need to examine this type of teaching if we are to please God in this life and not regret hereafter. To please God in every area, we need to know and imbibe the scriptural revelation regarding Christian Stewardship. In this series, we shall examine Stewardship in the following areas: Life –What you have received; Time- What you have been allotted; Talents- What you have been given to use; Gospel- What you have been instructed to do; Possession- What has been entrusted to you and Money- What you have laboured for.
I STEWARDSHIP: DEFINITION:
1 The word STEWARD in Greek is Oikonomon, meaning to distribute, dispense and manage something or resources on behalf of the owner.
2 Christian Stewardship can therefore be defined as, a practice of systematic and proportionate giving of life, time, abilities and material possessions based on the conviction that they are from God and meant to be used in His service for the benefit and expansion of His kingdom.
3 It is a divine-human partnership, with God as the senior Partner. It is a way of living, the recognition of God’s ownership of oneself, power, and one’s possessions.
Christian Stewardship is also the faithful use of these resources for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom in this world.
II FOUNDATION FOR STEWARDSHIP:
1. The basic foundation for Christian stewardship is the truth that God is the owner of everything.Ex.19:5; Lev.25:23; 1 Chrn19:14; Ps.24:1, 2; 50:10; John1:1, 3;
2. God owns everything and man is a trustee and caretaker over what He owns.
A God owns everything through creation-Gen.1:1
- Sea and Land - Ps.95:5
- Silver and Gold - Haggai 2:8
- Man and Living Creatures - Ps. 50:10
- Heaven, Earth, All Things - Ps. 89:11; Isaiah 66:1-2.
B God Owns Everything Through Redemption
By coming, suffering, dying, resurrecting and shedding His blood to save us from darkness and godless eternity, we belong to Him- 1 Pet. 1: 18-19; 1Cor.6:19-20
III CHRISTIANS ARE STEWARDS
A steward is a manager, caretaker of another man’s property. We are all managers of God’s property, God is the real owner. Our keeping of God’s property is temporary. He is going to demand the account of our stewardship. As a Christian; you must accept the three things as required of every steward:
A Acknowledge your stewardship-11 Cor.8:5
Accepting God as Owner, we as stewards and our possessions as loans.
B Stewards must be faithful-1 Cor.4:2; Matt.25: 14-30
C Accountability will come one day- Rom 4:12; 11Cor.5:10; Lk 12: 42-48;
CONCLUSION: All Christians are stewards of all they have and possessed and are to watch over them with the fear of God who has deemed it feet to put them in charge.
REV EVANG.GODSON C.S. IROATU
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