God, Man, and Money

TEXT:† Deut. 8:18

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† ALL THAT WE HAVE BELONGS TO GOD ( Psa. 24:1;† Rom. 14:8 ).

B.††††† STEWARDSHIP IS THE WORD THAT FULLY EXPRESSES MANíS RELATION

††††††††† TO GOD WHEN IT COMES TO ALL MATERIAL POSSESSIONS.

I.††††† GODíS OWNERSHIP ( Psa. 24:1;† 50:10-12 ).

A.††††† GOD CLAIMS EVERYTHING Ė WHY NOT?† CREATOR!

B.††††† GOD HAS THE ADDED CLAIM OF REDEMPTION ( 1 Pet. 1:18-19 ).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Redeem or Ransom Ė Look at the Price.

††††††††† 2.†††††† What are we bought back from? ( Titus 2:14;† Rom. 6:23 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† His ownership means redemption from death.

††††††††† 4.†††††† 1 Cor. 6:19-20.

C.††††† CONCERNING GODíS OWNERSHIP, HE IS Ö

††††††††† 1.†††††† A good owner ( James 1:17-18 ).† Not despotic or tyrannical.

††††††††† 2.†††††† A wise owner ( Job 42:1-2;† Jer. 32:17;† Rom. 11: 33-36 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† A generous owner ( Mal. 3:10;† Luke 6:38 ).

II.†††† MANíS STEWARDSHIP ( 1 Cor. 4:1-2;† Gal. 6:19-20 ).

A.††††† STEWARDSHIP MEANS MANAGEMENT.

††††††††† ďA trustee;† a manager, an overseer.Ē† ďOne who controls, occupies, supervises, seeks

††††††††† to advance or multiply that which belongs to another.Ē

B.††††† THIS IS THE RELATION GOD WISHES TO EXIST BETWEEN HIM AND US.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Each is a steward of the talent God has given us ( 1 Pet. 4:10 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Is this the prevalent attitude of church members?† My attitude?

††††††††† 3.†††††† This is basic to our faith ( Gal. 2:20;† Rom. 12:1 ).

C.††††† STEWARDSHIP REQUIRES FAITHFULNESS ( 1 Cor. 4:2;† Luke 16:10-13 ).

D.††††† STEWARDSHIP SHOULD BE WILLING SERVICE

††††††††† ( Luke 10:27;† 2 Cor. 8:12;† 9:7 ).

III.††† GOD HAS A PLAN FOR FINANCING THE WORK OF THE

††††††† CHURCH ( 1 Cor. 16:1-2 ).

IV.†† GODíS GENEROUS REWARD TO MAN ( Mal. 3:10;† Luke 6:38 ).

A.††††† GOD HAS PROMISED TO REWARD THE LABORER ( 1 Cor. 15:58 ).

††††††††† 1.†††††† In this life ( Matt. 6:33 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† In the next ( Matt. 25:23 ).

B.††††† IN REGARD TO OUR GIVING ( 1 Tim. 6:6-8, 17-19;† 2 Cor. 9:6 ).

CONCLUSION:

A.††††† JESUS PROMISES AN ETERNAL DIVIDEND FOR FAITHFUL SERVICE

††††††††† ( Matt. 6:19-21 ).

B.††††† THE SECRET IN ANY SERVICE ( 2 Cor. 8:5 ).