|20. Stewardship:  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 men, and by returning tithes
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.
The steward rejoices in the blessings that come to others as a result of
(Gen. 1:26-28 2:15 1 Chron.
Haggai 1:3-11 Mal. 3:8-12 1 Cor. 9:9-14 Matt. 23:23
|[GEN 1:26-28]  And God
said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over
the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that
creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image
of God created he him male and female created he them. And God blessed
them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish
the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and
over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon
[GEN 2:15]  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
[1 CH 29:14]  But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
[HAG 1:3-11]  Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little ye eat, but ye have not enough ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink ye clothe you, but there is none warm and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. Ye looked for much, and, lo it came to little and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.
~You Have Robbed God
[1 CO 9:9-14]  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?  Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
[MAT 23:23]  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
[ROM 15:26-27]  For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
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