Church, Musings

Stewardship and Giving (part 1)

In a world driven by advertising–contentment seems to be increasingly a counter-cultural attitude.  But Scripture is clear about the benefit of and need for contentment.

1 Timothy 6:6—10 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.  But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (ESV)

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (ESV)

True contentment is the result of experiencing the benefit of trusting God and the foundation of biblical stewardship.

Five Priorities for Personal Financial Stewardship

  1. Giving–my responsibility to God
    Proverbs 3:9; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:5
    Giving back a portion of what God has given us.
  2. Saving–my responsibility to family
    1 Timothy 5:9; 2 Corinthians 12:14; Proverbs 13:22; 19:14
  3. Spending–my responsibility to debtors
    Romans 13:7; Psalm 37:21
    Faithfully meeting financial obligations.

    Notice that Giving and Savings are first in priority over spending, that is because, expenses always expand to fill the income. That is why so many people feel that they are just getting by.  And why the amount saved and the amount given has been on the decrease in our society.
  4. Offerings–my responsibility to those in need   Galatians 6:10
    Sacrificial and compassionate giving for special needs.
  5. Luxuries–my opportunity to enjoy God’s provision       1 Timothy 6:17

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Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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