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02/27/18 - Introduction to Biblical Stewardship


 Leader: Pastor Marwin C. Reeves, Jr.
Christ Community Worship Center, Inc.

Meeting Day(s): 02/27/18
Meeting Time: 7:00 PM

The Nature of Stewardship: “Stewardship is the practice of systematic and
proportionate giving of time, abilities, and material possessions based on the conviction
that these are a trust from God to be used in His service for the benefit of His
Kingdom” (Dr. Kelley Varner). God owns everything (Ge. 14:19, 22; Psalm 24:1-2,
50:1-12, 68:19, 89:11; Hag. 2:8). Man is His steward, responsible and accountable to
Him (Mt. 25:14-30; Lk. 19:11-26). However, in this divine-human partnership, God is
the senior Partner. Therefore, we accept His way of life and standard of living: the
recognition of God’s ownership of one’s person, powers and possessions, and the faithful
use of these for the advancement of His Kingdom in the earth. The Lord Jesus Christ is
the legal covenantal Owner of our time, talent, and treasure. God is the Giver, the
Possessor, the Owner and the Rewarder. Man is the receiver, the steward who may use,
abuse, or lose the possession. In order for the concept of biblical Stewardship to be
understood we must understand some fundamental truths in Scripture.

1. Life - What you have received (Ge. 1:27-28; Acts 17:25; James 1:17)
2. Time - What you have been allotted (Prov. 24:30-34; Ps. 90:12)
3. Talents - What you have been given to use (Mt. 25:14-30)
4. Possessions - What has been entrusted to you (Mt. 6:19-21; Col. 3:1, 2)
5. Finances - What you have labored for (I Cor. 16:1, 2)

Requirements of Stewards: “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of
Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards,
that a man be found faithful
” (I Cor. 4:1-2). The steward in Bible days was usually
an old, faithful slave. Consider Eliezer, the steward of Abraham (Ge. 15:2). He had
been delegated the responsibility for his master’s possessions and was the ruler of the
household, a man of great authority (Ge. 24). Compare Erastus, named in Romans
16:23 as a chamberlain or steward. According to the rabbis, Moses was God’s steward.
We are stewards of God. In our covenantal walk with the Lord, He has access to all that
we have in the natural and we have access to all that He has in the supernatural.
Nothing is ours. All belongs to Him, and He can require it at any time He wants to.
However, it is important that we give special care not to touch what belongs to God.
Such as in the case of Achan, when he touched what belonged to God (Josh. 7:20-21).

Like the tithe, Jericho belonged to God. Jehovah had put a ban on the city (Josh.
6:18-19); it was to be devoted to the Lord as a burnt offering, and was used as one of the
lessons in the new land. The “accursed thing” in Hebrew means literally the “devoted
thing.” If anyone touched what belonged to God it would become the “accursed thing”
to Him.

The Principle of Liberality: Read (II Cor. 8:1-5). Paul taught more about giving in
Second Corinthians chapters eight and nine than in any other of his epistles. He used
the church at Philippi (Acts 16) as an example of liberality. “A legal giver gives because
he has to. A loving giver gives because he wants to.” A loving giver is a godly giver; he
gives like God gives. This little band of Christians at Philippi put the megachurch at
Corinth to shame. We must remember, money is not bad in and of itself. Money is
neither moral nor amoral, but neutral. However, “the love of money is the root of all
evil. Therefore, the heart is what God is evaluating concerning what He has permitted
us to steward. Believers must remember that we are desirous of obtaining an
incorruptible inheritance. So why invest time in thinking about streets paved with gold
when gold is corruptible (I Pet. 1:3-7, 18,19). We must not pass down to our children an
empty way of life, “the traditions of men” (Mk. 7:13). Every Christian is an heir of God
and a joint heir with Christ. Through Jesus Christ we have been given a glorious
inheritance: He has assigned a portion of His great Name, of Himself, to each of us! The
Tabernacle of David, a picture of the Church, was revealed to be “a people for His name”
(Acts 15:14). Together we comprise His Church, His Body, a Corporate Man, “the
fullness of Him that filleth all in all” (Eph. 1:20-23). You and I must show and tell the
next generation everything we know about these true riches (Lk. 16:11).

7 Facts of Biblical Economics:

1. The Gospels contain more warnings against the misuse of money than any other
subject.
2. One in every four verses in Matthew, Mark and Luke deals with money.
3. One in every six verses in the New Testament as a whole deals with or makes
reference to money in some way.
4. Almost half of the parables of Jesus refer to money, particularly warning against
covetousness.
5. The first apostle to fall was Judas; he sinned because of the love of money. He sold
Jesus for money that he never lived to spend (Jn. 12:4-8, 13:27; Acts 1:25).
6. The first sin the early Church concerned the giving of money to the Lord. Note how
satan entered the scene when the spirit of giving was on the people (Acts 5:1-10).
7. The sin of “Simony” concerns money and seeking to buy the gifts of God with it. (Acts
8:14-24)

There are two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. We are either
reflections of Christ or reflections of Adam, beauty and the beast (Song. 1:5). Adam, the
old man, is a beast. He is selfish. He loves money and lets it use him, being possessed
by his possessions. Christ is the comely One. He is unselfish. He uses money,
possessing His possessions. God’s wealth is wealth that is to be given away; He blesses
us that we might bless others. God is a Giver and His people are all givers. This giving
must be...
1. Systematic - Give your tithes and offerings when you get paid.
2. Sacrificial - Be ready to give more than usual at times.
3. Spontaneous - Always be open to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
4. Spiritual - Let your principles and motives be Bible based.

Tithing in the Realm of the Body: Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the
Prophets. He did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill the law (Mt. 5:17). The New
is the Old contained, the Old is the New explained. The New is the Old concealed, the
Old is the New revealed. The Hebrew word (mah-as-raw) for tithe means “a tenth”.
Note that tithing was: (1) Before the Law - (Ge. 14:18-20, 28:20-22), (2) Under the
Law
- (Lev. 27:30-33; Num. 18:20-32; Deut. 12:5-17, 14:22-28, 26:12; II Chron. 31:5-12;
Neh. 10:37-39, 12:44, 13:5, 10-12; Amos 4:4; Mal. 3:8-12), and (3) After the Law - (Mt.
23:23; Lk. 11:42, 18:12; Heb. 7:1-21). According to Malachi 3:8-12, the whole tithe is to
be brought to the storehouse, the local church where you are being fed. There is a two-
fold promise for the believer that obeys the scriptures: God will open the windows of
Heaven; God will pour out a blessing so great that there is not room enough to receive it.
The giving of the tithe opens the window! What comes through the window is the
blessing. The blessing is determined by the offering given in addition to the tithe, and
can come in spoonfuls or truckloads. This explains why some who only tithe have yet to
receive an abundance. Open the window and start offering. As for thieves, a “bag with
holes” is their portion (Hag. 1:1-5). Christians tithe, Thieves don’t! The Bible has
promised much to the man that is liberal in his giving (Prov. 3:9-10; Lk. 6:38; II Cor.
9:6,7). Christians must be prepared to give willingly (Ex. 35:22). Paul’s admonition in
First Corinthians 16:2 reveals that our giving must be regular (“upon the first day of the
week”), personal (“let every one of you”), and proportional (“as God has prospered
him”). One’s giving should be according to his income or ability (Deut. 16:17; Prov.
3:27-28; Acts 11:29; II Cor. 8:12, 9:6). Christians should give freely (Mt. 10:8). God
loves cheerful, literally, a “hilarious” giver (II Cor. 9:7), just like Himself. May He help
us to give with simplicity, sincerity, and generosity (Rom. 12:8). May our motives
always be proper (I Chron. 29:3; Mt. 6:1-4). God’s priests are always ready to bless. His
hand has opened to us and now we throw wide our hand to others (Deut. 15:7-11; Lk.
10:25-37).

Tithing in the Realm of the Soul: The pattern revealed to us in the tabernacle of
Moses gives us a picture of how we can view the tithe. Formerly, we spoke about the
tithe being offered to God which is a clear result that we have either killed the flesh at
the brazen altar and been washed at the laver or we’re still kicking against the “new
man”. Adam or Christ but not both. In the next dimension of the tabernacle we come to
the Holy Place. This is the place where our soul is to give account based on our attitude
and mentality. The question asked in this realm is: With what mindset do we give?
How do we give? Jesus taught this principle as Chief Executive Officer and Head of the
Corporation (His Body), validated the natural tithe and then directed us to give
something along with our money. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you
hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices - mint, dill, and cumin. But you have
neglected the more important matters of the law - justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You
should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former” (Mt. 23:23). This word
justice/judgment in the Greek speaks of the soul or the mind. It is often easier to give
our tithe than to give justice, mercy, and faith. Jesus endorsed the financial tithe when
he said, “You should have practiced the latter.” For those who want to nit pick the issue
of tithing in the New Testament, be informed that 10% is a good place to start on the
way to real New Testament giving...100%. This ministry is a ministry of justification,
justice, and mercy, and not condemnation, judgment, and wrath. We must administer
judgment and justice as He would give it. “Let this mind be in you which was also in
Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5). The attitude of Christ toward the human condition was: “A
bruised reed shall he not break, and a smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send
forth judgment unto victory” (Mt. 12:20). The principle here is gifts of the soul ought to
be given as well as tithing of the material things with which we are blessed.

Tithing in the Realm of the Spirit: As we go deeper into the understanding of
spiritual things, we see that there is yet another place to attain. The Most Holy Place
was beyond the veil; the veil of ordinances, the veil of flesh, and the veil of separation.
This is where the High Priest would go once a year and sprinkle the blood upon the
Mercy Seat to make atonement for the sins of Israel. This is where Jesus Christ went
offering Himself in the heavily places upon the Mercy Seat of God to make atonement
for the sin of the world. Therefore, the righteous remnant become Priest and Kings
(Rev. 2:5, 5:10) unto Him in His Kingdom. They represent the tithe company, a people
who become what they give. Isaiah had this to say; “But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it
shall return, and shall be eaten: as a tail tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them,
when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof” (Isa. 6:13).
Moses had this to say to the children of Israel; “And concerning the tithe of the herd, or
of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the
Lord” (Lev. 27:32). The tithe is holy. This tithe company is a holy seed. The substance
within this tithe company is the Christ (Col. 1:27). These are the first fruits unto God
and the Lamb (Rev. 14:1-5), a people who have been stripped of everything, like an oak
tree which loses all its leaves in the fall and winter. A royal seed becomes a whole burnt
offering, a people who have become His tithe. The tithe company also passes “under the
rod.” This new priesthood has come under His authority and the rule of His Kingdom.
The scepter of His Kingdom is a rod of righteousness, a shepherd’s staff which governs,
guards, and guides. This one out of ten principle is described in Luke 17:11-19 in the
story of the lepers. Ten were cleansed but only one returned to say thank you upon
seeing he was healed. It is interesting to note that the priesthood is after the order of
Melchisedec which is from the tribe of Judah. Judah means Praise. The praisers
understand that they have been delivered from much and therefore owe Him all.
In summary, there is the giving of a tenth of our increase in material goods as we give
cheerfully and joyfully unto the Lord. There is also the giving of justice, mercy, and faith
as we give with the right attitude. Supremely, there is the realm of full giving wherein a
priesthood has been changed. In the Most Holy Place, we become God’s tithe, a people
wholly given to His delight and pleasure. To this priesthood the Lord says, “I will not
only pour out an abundant blessing for you; I will pour you out and make you to become
the blessing that is immeasurable and inestimable. I will open YOU; I will pour YOU
out.