Topic: Biblical Giving Passage: 1 Corinthians 4:1–4:2
In the book of Genesis, the story of creation unfolds, and God gives man dominion over the earth, thereby, establishing the principle of man's stewardship over the things to which God has entrusted him.
1. The Definition of a Steward (v. 1)
• The Greek word “oikonomos” is where we derive our English word “economy” or “economics.”
- It’s used 10x in the NT (e.g., Luke 12:42; 16:1-13)
• It means the “management of a household.”
• A steward is a manager of another’s goods.
- Everything we have belongs to God. (Romans 11:36)
- We are managers of the truth that God has given us, primarily the Gospel (“the mysteries of God”).
• The key to understanding biblical stewardship is this:
- God is the owner of all things, and we are His managers. (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 24:1)
- Therefore, as Christians, we have the amazing opportunity to join with God, as His stewards, in accomplishing His worldwide redemptive plan for His glory! (Matthew 28:19-20)
• Biblical stewardship is utilizing and managing all resources that God provides (time, talent, truth, treasures) for the spiritual benefit of ourselves (Christlikeness) and others (reaching the lost and discipling the saved) for the glory of God.
2. The Demand of a Steward (v. 2)
• God’s one demand is to be faithful as we obediently carry out His commands.
• God has given us so much! (James 1:17)
- His Son
- His Salvation
- His Holy Spirit
- His Scriptures
- His Supplies (Philippians 4:19)
• Are you faithfully managing what God has given you (time, talents, truth, treasures)?
• Are you laying up treasures on earth or in heaven?
• Four questions a faithful steward should ask:
- How can I use what God has given me to become more like Christ?
- How can I use what God has given me to win the lost?
- How can I use what God has given me to help meet the needs of others and to help Christians grow?
- How can I use what God has given me to best bring glory to God?