Christian Stewardship 1 Introduction

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					 CHRISTIAN
STEWARDSHIP




       TELUGU CHRISTIAN CONGREGATION, KUWAIT
               Saturday, October 22, 2005
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1. Introduction

  Stewardship is right at the centre of our Christian life.
  Satan’s strategy is that we misunderstand what
  stewardship is and loose its blessings


2. Definition
  (Dr. John Haggai) Christian Stewardship is the practice
  of systematic and proportionate giving of time, abilities,
  material possessions and all God’s gifts to us based on
  the conviction that these are a trust from God, to be
  used in His service, for the benefit of all mankind in
  grateful acknowledgement of Christ’s redeeming love



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3. Concept of ownership

  Greeks – common ownership

  Romans – Absolute individual

  Jews and Christians – Ownership is God’s and Stewardship is
  ours

  Jews attached a great significance to land because for them land
  was sacred because it was God’s land.

  Ownership means propriety (Lev 25.23) “The land must not be
  sold permanently, because the land is mine and your aliens and my
  tenants”


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Possession means Custody/Steward/Tenant (Lev.25.24)
“Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must
provide for the redemption of the land”

Ruling principle: God as a creator, own absolutely everything and
Humans are always and only Stewards.




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4. Who is a steward?

  Biblically, steward is a person who has the responsibility of
  managing resources entrusted to him by His master

  The following are the elements:-
  (a)   A trust
  (b)   Guided Management Responsibilities
  (c)   Responsible to the Master
  (d)   Representative and Agent of the Master




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5. Fundamentals of Stewardship

 God as the creator and source of all resources.

 God created all things and remains the ultimate source of all that
 we have (Gen 1.1.) “In the beginning God created the heavens and
 the earth”

 For Him and through Him are all things (Rom 11.36) “For from Him
 and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory
 forever! Amen”

 Gives us the ability to create wealth (Deut 8.18) “But remember the
 Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce
 wealth..”



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6. Fundamentals of Stewardship

 God retains ownership of all resources
 (Psa 24.1) The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world
 and all who live in it”

 It is important to always remember that God intends to and actually
 continues to retain the ownership of all that He has created not
 withstanding his decision to entrust some of these resources to
 man




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7. Fundamentals of Stewardship

 God gives on trust – man’s stewardship

 God gave to man on trust to use and manage the resources He has
 created. (Gen 1.29) “Then God said, I give you every seed bearing
 plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit
 with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

 God gives all men life, breath and everything else (Acts 17.24,25)
 The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of
 heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And
 he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything,
 because he himself gives all men, life and breath and everything
 else”


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8. Stewardship of resources

  Some key principles:-

  Stewards of God’s resources have responsibility for effective and
  efficient management of these resources. The steward needs to be
  guided by some key biblical principles in managing entrusted
  resources. What are they?




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9. Value Principle

  1Tim 2.20(a) “Timothy, gaud what has been entrusted to your
  Care!!”

  (Dr. John Haggai) “…To the degree that the steward enlarges the
  corpus, enlarges the estate, to that degree the steward is enriched.
  And to the degree that he does not, to that degree he is
  impoverished. God is the owner. Man is the steward. And God has
  the sole right to the declaration of the use of money”

  How and where the Steward applies the resources determines the
  direction of his heart. (Matt 6.21) “For where your treasure is, there
  your heart will be also”

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10. Faithfulness

   God requires that we are faithful in managing whatever He has
   entrusted to us. The Lord also rewards faithfulness. (Mat. 25.21)
   “..Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with
   a few things..”

   God expects to use all the resources he gives us to best execute
   the responsibilities He has given to us. (1 Cor 4.2) “Now it is
   required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful”




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11. The eternity perspective
   We must have an “Eternity Perspective” and apply it in the
   management of God’s resources entrust to us. A worthy Christian
   Steward must look at life in the long run with eternity clearly in view



12. Eternal gain principle
   As stewards we must allow the principle of Eternal gain or
   “momentary sacrifice for eternal gain” to drive the management of
   the resources entrusted to us.




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   1 Cor 4.17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for
   us an eternal glory that far out weighs them all


13. Risk
   God’s measure of risk vis-avis investment of resources is a risk free
   investment environment.

   Mat 6.20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where
   moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in
   and steal


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14. Return

   The minimum rate of return in God’s treasury is a hundred times.
   Mat 19.29 And every one who has left houses or brothers or
   sisters or Father or Mother or children or fields for my sake will
   receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life

   Under God’s investment principles, the risk free rate of return is a
   hundred times (10,000%) plus eternal life




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15. Regarding money and possessions

   Use money as Master directs but do not serve it as a master

   Money and possessions is so important and hits at the very crux
   of our Christianity that the bible says so much on it than most
   other topics and about 15% of all recorded words of our Lord is
   related in one way or other to this subject of money




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16. Time

   Very few Christians realize that they are expected to give account
   of the stewardship of the time, the Lord has entrusted to them.
   Some people say, time is money, but time is much more than
   money.

   Time is God given
   Psalms 139.16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in your
   book all the days of my life were written, before ever they took
   shape, when as yet there was non of them




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17. Time as resource

  Realizing that time is a resource, the challenge is: How can I use
  my talents and gifts from God in the time I have received from God
  in order to fulfill my purpose from God?

  Urgency about time: Job 7.6 My days are swifter than a weaver’s
  shuttle

  James 4.14 Why, you do not even know what will happen
  tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little
  while and then vanishes




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18. Fund raising for Christian ministries

   Fund raising is defined as “Encouraging and soliciting
   maximum use of the resources of God held in trust by His
   people and is available to be invested in the work of His
   Kingdom”

   Biblical basis for fund raising:-
   Building Tabernacle, Temple, Wall Neh 2.8




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19. Principles of Fund raising – Be guided by
               Biblical principles

   The Bible contains account of how God worke3d in providing for
   building projects, staff and priests maintenance and other special
   needs




20. Principles of fund raising – Focus more on God
                  than methods

    We should prayerfully focus more on God the great provider than
    on methods. Consequently, the focus should be which methods
    will God have us use to fund the work.



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21. Principles of fund raising – God’s vision

   The resources we require must be for the pursuit of a God-given
   vision and a commitment to a faithful application of the
   resources



22. Essentials of Fund raising
   Development Luke 6.38 Give and it will be given unto you. A good
   measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be
   poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be
   measured to you. Gal 6.7 Do not be deceived, God can not be
   mocked. A man reaps what he sows


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23. No crisis appeals

   Don’t make crising appeals your fund raising strategy otherwise
   next time you will need a ore serious crisis to raise funds.


24. No guilt trips

   Don’t get people to give out of obligation or guilt but out of
   celebration for the opportunity to invest in God’s venture




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25. Watch for Integrity

   People give to people they trust. Be honest even when it will cost
   you the money. People must believe in you and that you will use the
   money for the purpose. When you have had enough for a purpose
   or project, be honest to stop collecting it.
   Ex 36. 4-7


26. Equality of gift and not sacrifice

   The widow’s mite Mark 12. 1-44 Our emphasis should not be
   equality of gift but on the equality of sacrifice




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27. What? Whom? and Why?

   What? What is the need?

   Whom? Whom from? Whosoever as a willing heart Ex 35.5

   From what you have, take an offering for the Lord. Every one
   who is willing is to bring to the Lord gold, silver, and bronze…..
   Why? Why do you need the fund? What are the benefits to
   People/souls?




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28. Pareto Principle

    80% of the money, time and work are given by 20% of the
    people. 20% of the people give 80% of your funds. Focus a little
    more on the highly productive 20%



29. Ask to cover your needs only
   It is not sufficient to accept just because someone is willing to
   give you something or sell you something at a substantial
   discount. Unless you need it, some donated or super deal
   items may be harmful than helpful




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30. Thank you

   We should never, never forget to say thank you to those who have
   responded to our call. We must also remember to thank those who
   respond to express their inability to give, someday they may be in a
   position to give



31. Fund raising fundamentals

  - Know your donors
  - Contact them
  - Challenge them
  - Educate and update them
  - Ask them again and again


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32. Ways to contact

  - Brochures/News letters
  - Visits
  - Letters and personal proposals
  - Phone calls and special occasion cards
  - Audio and Video tapes
  - Internet and electronic mail




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