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Straight Talk On Stewardship – Life Lessons

As we begin the New Year Pastor David begins a short series on Stewardship. This week, he takes us through 3 main life principles. Join us online only this Sunday!

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Life Principle 1-  Everything I ______ and _________ is a gift from the Lord

-James 1:7, Romans 12:6,I Cor. 4:7 

  • God owns ___________________ (v.11) 

Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)

  • God owns your ____________. (vs. 2-3, 12a, 14,16)
  • God owns _________.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.  (I Cor. 6:19,10)

Life Principle 2- I am a ___________________ of all that the Lord has blessed me with.

  • If you are a steward, you can _____________

-Matthew 6:25-26, 31-33

If you put the Lord at the ____________ of your life,                                       He’ll take care of the circumference and you can relax.

I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing. (Psalm 37:25-26)

  • If you are a steward, you can ______________. (vs. 16-17)
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Life Principle 3- When the ____________ is right the hands will follow. (vs. 17-19)

Digging Deeper

Q1: As you reflect back on 2021 what are some lessons or principles the Lord has taught you or reminded you of?

Q2: Read Matthew 6:19-21. How do these verses relate to the issue of ownership and stewardship?  How does our heart impact where we invest?

Q3: Are you or have you struggled with worrying about your stuff?  If so, where might the Lord be asking you to trust Him and relax?

Q4: Are you or have you struggled with holding onto your stuff?  If so, where might the Lord be asking you to trust Him and release some of his blessings to others?

Q5: Read Acts 13:22 and I Samuel 13:11-14.  What lessons of the heart do you see in these verses?  How was David’s heart for God on display in I Chronicles 29?

Q6: How have you seen the GIVING TRIANGLE at work in your life?  In other words, how has God’s blessing flowed TO you and/or THROUGH you? Explain.