foundation truth

lesson 8 - Stewardship

Stewardship is the practice of systematically and proportionately giving of time, abilities, and material possessions based on the conviction that these are a trust from God to be used in His service for the benefit of His Kingdom. 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 one’s person, one’s powers, and one’s possessions and the faithful use of these for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom in this world.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN OWNERSHIP & STEWARDSHIP?

  • Ownership–God is the owner of all things. Genesis 14:19, 22; Psalms 24:1, 50:1-12, 89:11; Haggai 2:8. Ownership is the possession of the right to control.
  • Stewardship–We are not owners but stewards, responsible, and accountable. Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-26. Stewardship is managing the property of another.
    • GOD
      • The Giver
      • Possesser
      • The Owner
      • The Rewarder
    • MAN
      • The Receiver
      • Steward
      • Responsible
      • Accountable
      • Able to Use, Abuse, and Lose
      • Rewarded Faithful

I Corinthians 4-2 NKJV

WHAT ARE SOME OWNER-STEWARD RELATIONSHIPS?

  • Life—What you have received. Genesis 1:27-28; Acts 17:25; James 1:17
  • Time—What you are allotted. Proverbs 24:30-34; Psalm 90:12
  • Talents—What you have been given to use. Matthew 25:14-30
  • Possessions—What is entrusted to you. Matthew 6:19-21; Colossians 3:1-2
  • Finances—What you labor to earn. I Corinthians 16:1-2

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF A GOOD STEWARD?

  • Faithfulness: Is dependable, can be trusted. I Corinthians 4:1-2
  • Teachable: Is open to instruction. Psalm 27:11
  • Desire to minister: Has the motivation to serve. Romans 12:10-13
  • Servant’s heart: Is not trying to be the boss. Galatians 5:13
  • Willingness to give: Has a generous spirit. Luke 6:38

ARE STEWARDS ACCOUNTABLE?

Yes. Read the story of the unjust steward. Luke 16:1-13.

  • The steward was managing his master’s property.
  • The steward was unjustly accused of waste.
  • The master asked the steward to account for his actions.
  • The steward almost lost his job over the accusations.
  • The steward immediately collected the outstanding debts by discounting the money that was owed.
  • The master commended him because he proved these were not bad debts by collecting the money and won friends in the process.
  • “Unrighteous mammon” is money. “True riches” are things money can’t buy.
  • The keyword used four times in verses 9-13 is “faithfulness.” Faithfulness is what God expects of us.
  • The way we can “make friends for (ourselves) by unrighteous mammon,” is by wisely investing our money in helping people.

“Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure with trouble.” Proverbs 15:16

 

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton