Stewardship

January, February, March 2018

Want to learn more about Stewardship? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 4-part series.

Lesson 1: The Influence of Materialism (Luke 12)
It may seem jarring to go from studying righteousness by faith in Galatians and Romans to studying stewardship! Stewardship is not my favorite topic, but I cannot recall ever teaching the subject in any detail. It is, however, an important issue and a study in which we can all learn more about God's will for us. Let's dig into the Bible for our first lesson in our new series on stewardship!

Lesson 2: I See, I Want, I Take (Malachi 3, Luke 7, Hebrews 11, 2 Corinthians 8)
Our study of Luke 12 last week taught us some important lessons. First, Luke 12:30 tells us that our Father in heaven knows that "we need" the material things that the "pagan world runs after." Second, Luke 12:31 tells us that if we seek God's kingdom, God will give us the things the pagan world seeks. That is an interesting message, one that is easily misunderstood. Let's continue our study this week by looking at what the Bible teaches us about taking and giving to others!

Lesson 3: God or Mammon? (Matthew 19, Luke 16)
In our first lesson of this series we learned that if we seek the Kingdom of God, He will give us all of the material things that the pagans run after (Luke 12:30-31). If that is true, then is the title to this lesson misleading? Is being a servant of God incompatible with having money? If it is, how do we explain the heroes of the Old Testament who were generally very wealthy men? The heroes of the New Testament, on the other hand, were generally poor. So, is this a conflict between the two testaments of the Bible? Or, is there one unified message in the Bible about wealth? Let's jump into our study of the Bible and see if we can find God's message on wealth!

Lesson 4: Escape From the World's Ways (Colossians 3)
Have you heard the claim that the rich are greedy? Does that seem right to you? If the rich are already rich, why would they be greedy for more? Or, is this a reference to a time when the rich were not rich? If it is a reference to the time when the rich were poor, then wouldn't it be more accurate to say that the poor are greedy? Think about the time in your life when you had the least money. Was money a focus? I know that my wife and I were a lot more focused on money when we were first married and we were very poor. Our lesson this week is about being different than the world, and avoiding a focus on money. I think this is a lesson that everyone needs, whether you feel you are rich or poor. Let's dive into our study of the Bible and learn about focus!

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