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The Virtue of Stewardship

November 26, 2017

 

The Virtue of Stewardship

2 Corinthians 8:16-21

 

16 But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. 18 With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.19 And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our good will. 20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift tha

 

t is being administered by us, 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man. (2 Corinthians 8:16-21, ESV)

 

GIVING BEGINS WITH A HEART FOR OTHERS! 

 

16 But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. 

 

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39, ESV)

 

"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 

(2 Corinthians 9:7, ESV)

 

 

17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. 

 

 

THE GOAL OF OUR GIVING SHOULD ALWAYS BE TO ADVANCE THE GOSPEL 

 

18 With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.19 And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our good will.

 

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16, ESV)

 

"The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.” ~ John Calvin

 

"You have one business on this earth – to save souls" ~ John Wesley

 

 

IN OUR GIVING, WE SHOULD ALWAYS AIM TO BE BLAMELESS. 

 

20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man.

 

3 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness." (1 Thessalonians 2:3-5, ESV)

 

 

 

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