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Finding Hope in Faithful S tewardship

Finding Hope in Faithful S tewardship. GOAL: To get each of us THINKING about the subject and consider ways we need to CHANGE to please God. Introduction:. steward = one entrusted with the master's household and was to consistently manage it in the master's absence. .

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Finding Hope in Faithful S tewardship

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  1. Finding Hope in Faithful Stewardship

  2. GOAL: To get each of usTHINKING about the subject and consider ways we need to CHANGE to please God Introduction:

  3. steward = one entrusted with the master's household and was to consistently manage it in the master's absence. What Is a "Steward?"

  4. Practical definition: God given responsibility with accountability

  5. What kind of a steward am I?

  6. Matt. 25:14-30 • God Owns Everything, You Own Nothing (v. 14) • James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. What Are the Four Factors of Stewardship?

  7. God Entrusts You With Everything You Have. (v. 14-15) • Matt. 7:11 "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall you Father, who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask Him?"

  8. Diminish It. (v. 16-18) • Luke 16:10 "He who is faithful in a very little things is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much."

  9. God Can Call You Into Account at Any Time. (v. 19) • Luke 16:2 "So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be a steward.'” (KJV)

  10. What Kind of Thinking or Actions Hinder Effective Stewardship?

  11. Fruitfulness – John 15 What Is Expected of a Steward?

  12. Evidence of growth in several areas: • Your relationship with God • Your relationship to His Word • Your relationship to your spouse

  13. Your relationship to your children • Your relationship to the body of Christ • Your relationship to the ‘world’ (Matt. 28:19-20)

  14. Faithfulness • I Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

  15. Reliability (the idea of faithfulness, trustworthiness over time) is the one necessary virtue for all servants and stewards, especially in the things of God.

  16. The ministers of Christ should make it their hearty and continual endeavor to approve themselves trustworthy; and when they have the testimony of a good conscience, and the (approval) of their Master, they must (minimize) the opinions and (criticism) of their fellow-servants:

  17. Know the Word • Psalm 119:169 Let my cry come before You, O LORD; give me understanding according to Your word. Application of Stewardship to God’sWord

  18. Study the Word • KJV 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  19. NAS 2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

  20. Memorize the Word • Psalm 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.

  21. Meditate on the Word • KJV 1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

  22. NASB translates this word: “Take pains” with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.

  23. Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

  24. Psalm 119:148 My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.

  25. Obey the Word James 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;

  26. 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

  27. Spread the Word John 17:8 for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.

  28. John 17:14 “I have given them Your word…”

  29. Acts 4:29 "And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, 30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus."

  30. 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

  31. What are you going to do with what God has given you? Are you going to grow in your relationship to God through His Word? Conclusion:

  32. What kind of a steward are you?

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