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What is Stewardship?

Welcome to Church everyone. Today we are focusing on the second and final message in our series on stewardship. But what exactly is stewardship? Well, stewardship, at least within a Christian context, can be described as “The utilizing and managing of all resources which God provides for God’s glory, the betterment of his creation and the furtherance of his Kingdom.” Or to put it more simply, Christian stewardship is “managing everything God brings into our lives in a manner which honours God and impacts eternity.”

Now if you are looking for a helpful and practical way of ensuring that you remain a good Christian steward, I would like to commend to you the well-known 3-fold approach to Christian giving, known as the 3 T’s – that is, the giving of our Time Treasure and Talents, to the Lord’s Kingdom purposes, both here in the parish and abroad.

You see, as Christians, Scripture teaches us that we actually belong to God and all we have is already his. All of our time treasure and talents are in effect gracious gifts from God in the first place. And this God, who has so generously given to us everything good, calls us to be faithful stewards of that which he has entrusted to our care. So during this season of focusing on giving, and indeed beyond, may we all be encouraged  to give of ourselves entirely to the one who gave himself entirely for us, the Lord Jesus.

7.30am Lismore, 10am Dunoon Sunday 11/8/2013

Luke 12:32-40

32 ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

35 ‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit;36be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.37Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.38If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

39 ‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he* would not have let his house be broken into.40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.