Proverbs 22:9 (NKJV) He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.
Proverbs 21:6 (NLT) Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give.
Psalms 37:21 (CEV) An evil person borrows and never pays back; a good person is generous and never stops giving.
Luke 16:10-12 (NIV) “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”
Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Proverbs 27:23-27 (TLB) Riches can disappear fast. And the king’s crown doesn’t stay in his family forever— so watch your business interests closely. Know the state of your flocks and your herds; then there will be lambs’ wool enough for clothing and goats’ milk enough for food for all your household after the hay is harvested, and the new crop appears, and the mountain grasses are gathered in.
Proverbs 23:4-5 (NCV) Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; be wise enough to control yourself. Wealth can vanish in the wink of an eye. It can seem to grow wings and fly away like an eagle.
Proverbs 21:20 (TLB) The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.
Proverbs 6:6-8 (TEV) Learn a lesson from the way ants live. They have no leader, chief, or ruler, but they store up their food during the summer, getting ready for winter.
Proverbs 13:11 (NIV) He who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Proverbs 21:5 (TLB) Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.
Proverbs 28:20 (NLT) The person who wants to get rich quick will only get into trouble.
1 Corinthians 4:2 (ESV) It is required of stewards that they be found faithful. (NCV) Those who are trusted with something valuable must show they are worthy of that trust.
Proverbs 13:22 (NIV) A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.
Matthew 25:21 (NKJV) “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant, you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”
Ephesians 6:6-8 (NLT) Do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do.
Consider John Wesley’s statement, “Earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” How do you determine how much is “all you can?”
Read Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:19-21 and Proverbs 21:20. What do you think Jesus means when he warns us to not “lay up” treasure on earth, in light of verses like Proverbs 21:20 that instruct us to save for the future? What do you think treasures in Heaven will be like?
If someone were to ask you, ‘Why do you practice giving back to God?’ what would you say?
What verse(s) of scripture from this message seemed to especially have your name on it and motivate your stewardship? What do you sense God wants you to do about that?
Read 1 Corinthians 4:2 from several translations if available. What does “faithfulness” in being a steward look like in everyday terms? Where has God helped you to become aware of becoming more faithful with what he’s given you? Where do you feel he’s calling you to greater faithfulness as a steward? How can your group support you or pray for you in this?
Elementary parents, today our bottom line is God will forgive me when I do something wrong. We focused on 1 John 1:8-9. Read this verse together as a family. Ask kids what we compared our sin to. (A weight.) The truth is, just like when we do wrong in our personal relationships and it gets in the middle of our friendship, when we have done wrong and have not asked God for forgiveness, it gets in the way. The good news is God forgives and forgets!
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.