Session 7: Christian Stewardship

CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP

 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorise and Meditate on Matthew 25:14-46 
 

Read/Watch:

Adventist Stewardship

Why Ten Percent?

Best Gift Received

Signs of Spiritual Revival

 

What is Christian Stewardship?

The Bible tells us that only a person who has a relationship with God can truly partner with Him and worship Him with their whole life. Stewardship is an acknowledgement of God’s ownership and sovereignty and also of Jesus Christ’s claim of lordship in our lives.  Christian stewardship includes every area of life: our bodies, skills, time, environment, financial resources, and work.
 
In loving God with all of our heart, mind, and soul, all of our affairs reflect who we are in relationship to who God is. Therefore, with this all-inclusive view of stewardship, Jesus is also Lord of our financial resources. Viewed from its totality, stewardship is an expression of discipleship with a heart for God’s mission in the world. Stewards are partners with God, living out their faithfulness as members and church leaders in unity with His worldwide church. 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
What is one gift you have that you love to use to build the kingdom of God?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Study Matthew 25:14-46.  What are the key lessons God is trying to teach us? Share with us your understanding of Lordship in this passage as God gives to every man according to his ability.
 
2. Read the following Bible verses and discuss its key teaching points about giving.
Why do you think the Lord think it is necessary to include these verses in the Bible?
 
3. Matthew 6:21 is direct to the point when Jesus spoke these words.  What are some of the obstacles to apply this truth to be practiced in every Christian life?
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. What are the gifts and blessings God has bestowed upon you? How are you using them to forward God’s mission? How does understanding the difference between ownership and stewardship affect our faithfulness in giving?
 
2. There’s an old English saying, “Let him put his money where his mouth is.” The idea is that people can talk about how much they believe in something, but unless they are willing to put some of their money into it, the talk is meaningless. How does the act of returning faithful tithes and offerings reveal where our heart really is? 
 
3. Am I honest with God in my tithes and offering? Am I willing to be a faithful steward in all areas as expressed in this commitment card
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. To recognize and acknowledge all blessings come from God
  2. To be faithful in returning tithes and offerings
  3. To use all gifts and talents for the glory of God via His church 
 
 

LEADERS’ TIP

  • Share about Adventists recognition that God claims 10 percent (10%) of our income as His own, and so we faithfully return His tithe to the “storehouse” which is the local Conference.
  • Bring an actual tithe envelope to show tithe, combined budget and the local church offering. There is an indication in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy that regularity and proportionality are good principles to follow.
  • Share your personal practice in returning faithful tithes and offerings. It is also good to educate members how the tithe and offering are used, especially in Singapore Conference and our world church.  When you share stewardship from a biblical perspective, financial resources are only one aspect.  But it needs to be highlighted and brought up as Jesus talks more about money than anything throughout the four gospels.  
  • Use the commitment card to highlight Christian stewardship to include all other areas which gives the disciple a broader picture of what a faithful Christian steward should look like.
 

**Additional Resources

  1. Where do we bring our Tithe?
  2. SAC FAQ Tithes and Offering