DEV 10PN Church Leadership (Stewardship)

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Session 10: Church Leadership (Stewardship)

In this session, you will discover what the Bible has to say about our role in being a steward of what God owns.

Heart of a Leader

  1. What are you learning about abiding in Christ? How are you practicing abiding through His Word, prayer, obedience, PCS, relationships and fellowship?
  2. In what areas of your life do you find it challenging to obey God?
  3. What unresolved conflict do you have?
  4. In what areas are you believing God by faith, beyond your own ability?


Celebration of Faithfulness

  • Share what has happened since the last meeting. Ask them to relate it to goals from the last meeting.

Iron on Iron: Sharpening Myself and Others

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.”

  1. What is going well?
  2. What is not going well? What obstacles are you facing?
  3. What are possible solutions from the other group members?
  4. What do you need to do to add the missing characteristics into each group?
  5. Where will you start a new group or church this month?






Discovery Bible Study: Stewardship

Section 1: God owns, We manage

God Owns Everything: Genesis 1:1; Psalm 24:1-2, Psalm 50:9-12; Romans 11:33-36

We own nothing: Job 1:21; 1 Timothy 6:6-7; Romans 11:33-36

God expects Stewardship: Luke 19:11-26; Matthew 24:45-51

God will hold us Accountable: 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10

    • What caught your attention? (or What did you like best?) Why?

Summary:



Section 2: Areas of Stewardship

Contentment with Resources: 1 Timothy 6:8-10; Philippians 4:10-13; 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Faithful to use Gifts and Abilities: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 2:4

Stewardship of Money: Deuteronomy 8:17-18; Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 16:10-12; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 13-15

    • What caught your attention? (or What did you like best?) Why?


Summary:

1. Stewards are grateful and content

Contentment comes from a perspective of trusting God and a realization that He owns everything. If I resent what others have, or complain about what I have, I am not a faithful steward. Paul exhorts us to lower our expectations to be happy with life’s essentials (1 Timothy 6:8). We should appreciate what God has provided for us.

2. Stewards give willingly

Knowing God owns everything (Psalm 24:1-2) and that he has promised to provide for all our needs (Matthew 6:33), frees us up to be willing givers and be generous toward others.

3. Stewards can enjoy blessings

God provides for us and expects us to enjoy His provision. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

4. Stewards realize work is a gift

God provides both our ability to do work and our opportunity to work. (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)




Preparing for Mission

Evaluate the following three areas and Make a plan on how you can improve:

Money

How is money collected in your church or fellowship? Who keeps it? Who decides how it is used? How is it accounted for? Is the process transparent?

Give one another feedback and comments about how to improve their financial processes.





Gifts and abilities

Are members in your churches and fellowships given opportunities to serve in their areas of giftedness?

How could people’s gifts be used even more effectively?

What will you do after the training to improve your stewardship and accountability of the resources God has given you in your churches and fellowships?





Contentment

How would you rate your contentment with your income? Your possessions? Do you struggle with jealousy?







I will __________ by _________