Christian Stewardship

Psalms 65:9-13, I Corinthians 10:26

Basics of our beliefs series. There are many ways to practice good stewardship.  Three areas that are the focus of today's message are time, creation (the land), and money.  Additionally, we must never forget we are to be good stewards of the gospel.  I Corinthians 4:1.

Time:

  • Is most a valuable resource

  • We have ≈ 2080 work hours in a year and ≈ 8800 hours in a year.  We sleep ≈ 1/3 of the time

  • A valuable resource to see how you are spending your time is fill in a sheet and log your activities

  • Part of stewardship of time is to not forget the Sabbath. 

Land:

  • To have dominion means the well being of the land.  It is a trustee status.  You must care for the land.

  • God created order and systems.  An example is how he provides for cleaning up creation such as scavengers. 

  • Deuteronomy 20:19 is an interesting prohibition against clear cutting of trees even in war.

  • Luke 16:1-2 is an indictment against a dishonest manager who was not a good steward of possessions.
    However, he who is faithful in a little will be trusted with more.  See verses 10-12 also.

  • Do not forget that the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof - I Corinthians 10:26

  • Remember treat the land as thought Christ may return tomorrow or possible 50 generations from now.

Money:

  • Live simple - practice mutual aid - remember everything is His.

Lancaster Conference Mennonite Churches use the 1995 Mennonite Confession of Faith.
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