TITLE: Stewardship - 1
TEXT: 1 Peter 4:10-11
PROPOSITION: The Bible has much to say about stewardship.
Today we will study the subject of STEWARDSHIP.
What is it? Why is it important? How does it affect my life?
Is this a subject for preachers or financial advisers?
Why study this subject?
God commands it 1 Peter 4:10-11
It is taught in the Bible
40 verses Baptism
275 verses prayer
350 verses faith
2,350 verses finances, stewardship, material possessions
We can not separate our obedience to God and our possessions James 1:17
What does this word mean?
Stewards (greek oikonomos) oikos = house, estate; nemo = arrange, manage to manage the estate or affairs
Used of preachers 1 Corinthians 4:1
Elders (bishops) Titus 1:7
Christians 1 Peter 4:10
From this Greek word comes the English word economy
Application for today status quo - The mess we's in.
Financial problems largest contributing factor in marital stress and divorce.
Average credit card debt - $8,400 70% carry $6K - $7K
5 billion credit card solicitations (mail, telemarketers)
20% of Americans have items stored in US's 40,000 storage facilities This does not count attics, basements, garages, storage buildings at our home
1.78 million bankruptcies per year.
81% of college students carry 4 credit cards (balances of $4,134 each)
50% of college graduates are in debt up to $40,000 1/3 can't make the first payment on their student loans
Americans spend MORE on legal gambling than on groceries.
90% of preachers have no retirement funds some even choose to opt out of Social Security (bad mistake)
God owns everything
Genesis 1:1 God created it all
Psalm 50:10-12 animals, birds
Haggai 2:8 silver, gold (money)
Leviticus 25:23 land
1 Chronicles 29:14-16 Everything
Psalm 24:1 the earth, world, all people
1 Corinthians 3:21-4:2 yours, Christ's, God's we are faithful stewards