Christian Stewardship- Financial Partnership with God

Christian Stewardship- Financial Partnership with God

Feb 22, 2015

Preacher: Dr. John Pennington

Series: Stewardship

Detail:

                                         MasterPartner

                   Guide to Financial Partnership with God

 

“Why is it that Christians do not understand that the greatest hindrances to their growth are the buttons on their back pockets (where their wallets are)?” remarked a disciple who recently had committed his possessions to the Master.

 

God established a partnership with man when he created the Word and gave man dominion over it. (Genesis 1:26) Man failed to follow the basic principles of stewardship. The result was a chaotic economic situation that still prevails.

 

The Bible restates God’s principles and promises in one sentence: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) By “these things” he means your physical needs (see Matthew 6:19-34).

 

If you put God’s kingdom first, he puts your needs first. God wants to supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19). Have you withdrawn from your economic partnership with him by not living up to his principles? Your financial problems may be a signal that one or more of God’s economic principles has been violated.

 

This guide will help you renew your partnership with God and show you any principles that you need to begin practicing. Renew your partnership with God by using the steps that follow. Read each principle and the Scriptures that teach it. Initial the principle if you are living according to it now. If you are not practicing it, leave it blank until Step 4.

 

Step 1: Accept the principles of recognition of God’s ownership.

       Initial the principles you presently are accepting.

_____ I accept the principle that God is the sovereign Creator, owner, and ruler of everything. (Psalm 24:1).

______I accept the principle that God has made man the steward (overseer) of all creation.   (Psalm 8:6).

______I accept the principle that God meets all the needs of the steward who faithfully manages all God has entrusted to him.   (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 37:25)

 ______I accept the principle that God will judge the steward on the basis of what he has rather than what he does not have

(2 Corinthians 8:12; 1 Corinthians 4:2).

 

Step 2: Practice the principles of responsibility.

             Initial the principles you presently are practicing.

_____I practice the principle of glorifying God by how I manage the possessions he has given me oversight of (Matthew 6:33; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

_____I practice the principle of properly managing the financial affairs of my home (1Timothy 5:8; Proverbs 11:29, 15:27).

_____I practice the principle of managing my finances in order to give the tithe through my church (Malachi 3:8-11).

_____I practice the principle of giving more than the tithe (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Acts 4:32- 37; Proverbs 11:24-25).

_____I practice the principle of giving to the government by paying my taxes (Luke 20:25; Romans 13:1-7).

_____I properly administer the funds that I have so that I can take care of my family, give to my church, and pay my taxes without defrauding any of them.

 

Knowing the preceding principles heightens your sense of responsibility, but practicing them brings victory. The following steps will help you practice God’s principles and become a full partner with the Master.

 

Step 3: Respond to the principles of reliance by believing in God’s ability.

     Initial the following principles to which you are willing to respond to in faith.

_____I trust God to bless the righteous (Proverbs 22:4; Psalm 37:3-4)

_____I trust God to bless the one who prays (James 5:16; Matthew 7:7- 8 ;

           John 15:7).

 _____I trust God to bless the diligent worker (Proverbs 10:16, 11:25, 12:11,13:4; Psalm 1:3).                

______I believe I should limit my desires to what God provides (Philippians 4:11- 12; 1 Timothy 6:6; Proverbs 15:16).

 

Step 4: Invest according to the principles of reward.

       Initial the principles to which you are willing to commit your resources.

_____I will invest my possessions in God’s economy because it will bring no sorrow (Proverbs 10:22); that is, God blesses so that you will have no           regrets about investing in his kingdom.

______I will invest my material resources as a demonstration of my faith.

           (Hebrews 11:6)

______I will rely on God to bless according to his promises (Malachi 3:10;

           Luke 6:38).

______I will depend on God to take care of an inheritance for my children and grandchildren (Proverbs 13:22).

 

Step 5: Change your lifestyle according to the principles of restoration.

         Perhaps you have discovered that your lifestyle prevents you from being a full partner with the Master. If so, initial the following steps that you will take to regain the relationship of a full partner.

 _____I repent of the sin of failing to follow God’s principles and ask for

           restoration (Proverbs 28:13; Psalm 32:1-7).

 _____I will immediately begin practicing biblical stewardship by tithing and giving gifts through the church, paying my taxes, and managing the affairs of my home according to the Scriptures.

 _____I will eliminate non-essentials until I am able to pay all of my overdue             payments to creditors (Proverbs 22:1).

_____I will arrange to repay my creditors by the fairest means possible (for them, given my circumstances) as soon as I can (Proverbs11:3, 20:18).

______I patiently will continue to get my financial affairs in order until I am able to live in a Christian lifestyle that is pleasing to God (Proverbs 28:6, 21:5).   will remember it may take as long to get out of financial difficulty as it did to       get into financial difficulty.

 

God has stated his principles and committed himself to them. I commit myself to full partnership with God. I will be a good steward of all he entrusts to me and depend on him as my source of supply.

 

Date:____________   Signed:_____________________              

 

 

Source: MasterLife - Lifeway Christian Resources