Biblical principles of stewardship
The Bible has a lot to say about stewardship of God's resources and about giving to the community of faith
- From the earliest days comes a picture of a loving community whose shared life reflected the generosity of the life of God himself. (Acts 2:44 & 45) Mutual responsibility is a notable mark of the New Testament Church — and it has clear financial implications, which are only avoided at personal peril. Remember Annanias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1—11)!
- Financial provision was made for the support of those in ministry, just as it had been among the People of God in Old Testament times. (1 Corinthians 9:14 see also 1 Timothy 5:17)
- Provision was made, too, for supporting brothers and sisters who were less well off. (1 Corinthians 16:1 & 2)
- We can deduce some important Biblical guidelines from the previous passage. Our financial giving should be:
- REGULAR "every Sunday"
- UNIVERSAL "each of you"
- COMMITTED "must"
- PROPORTIONATE "in proportion to what you have earned"
God's generosity: our response'God's generosity: our response' is a new set of Bible studies designed to help small groups to think together about how best to respond to God's generosity in sending Christ into the world to give God's people a way back to God.