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Stewardship

WHAT IS A STEWARD?

Each of us has been promoted to manage a “store” for God.  It may seem we’ve started at the bottom, and our work insignificant, but God will bless us if we labor faithfully.

The word “steward” means “manager.”

Christians define a “steward” as one who recognizes that God – the Owner of everything – employs men and women as His managers. God wants us to put Him first (Exodus 20:3), and promises to provide for all our needs (Philippians 4:19).

We make His interests ours… He makes our interests His.

God knows where our choices will lead, and wants to help us make wise decisions. As we daily depend on Him, He makes our “yoke” easy and our “burden light”(Matthew 11:30).

Fundamental Belief Stewardship – 21. 

We are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources. We are responsible to Him for their proper use. 

We acknowledge God’s ownership by faithful service to Him and our fellow human beings, and by returning tithe and giving offerings for the proclamation of His gospel and the support and growth of His church. 

Stewardship is a privilege given to us by God for nurture in love and the victory over selfishness and covetousness. Stewards rejoice in the blessings that come to others as a result of their faithfulness. 

(Gen. 1:26-28; 2:15; 1 Chron. 29:14; Haggai 1:3-11; Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 23:23; Rom. 15:26, 27; 1 Cor. 9:9-14; 2 Cor. 8:1-15; 9:7.)