First Baptist Church of Philipsburg
Stewardship – Principle #2 God entrusts you with everything you have
Four Principles of Stewardship
Good stewards express their gratitude with giving – 1 Chronicles 29
We forget providential appointments and grace.
“Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name.” (1 Chronicles 29:13, NKJV)
Why give such unworthy sinners such wealth?
“I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You.” (1 Chronicles 29:17, NKJV)
The Christian doctrine of stewardship is not to be confined to the money or other possessions which Christians contribute to their churches for the ministries of those churches and for the evangelization of all peoples. It embraces the responsible utilization of all one’s possessions for the glory of God. How one expends or conserves the money or property not given specifically to Christian causes is also an area of responsibility before God. To spend money on substances that harm or destroy the human body, on utterly extravagant and wasteful luxuries, and in gambling for great awards through chance are instances that raise major questions concerning stewardship. (Garrett, J. L., Jr. Systematic Theology: Biblical, Historical, and Evangelical, Second Edition, Vol. 2, p. 426).
Steward what you have been entrusted with.
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10, NKJV)
Thankful Inventory List:
❖ my personal salvation
❖ opportunities I have for spiritual growth
❖ the availability of the Bible
❖ the instruction and fellowship of our church
❖ the abundance of helpful Christian books
❖ opportunities for ministry and service
❖ godly parents
❖ a godly wife
❖ children who know Christ and are growing in Him
❖ health of our family
❖ political freedom
❖ material provision for family needs
What else would you add to this list?