Summary: Sermon Series I preach when our Church went through Rick Warren's C.L.A.S.S. Christian Life And Service Seminars Thanks to Rick Warren for the Foundation of this Sermon Series
Part #1 Giving
Definition: "Stewardship is the responsibility of managing some assets or affairs or property of someone else's."
Principles of Stewardship:
1. God owns everything. Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth..." (NIV)
Who is the Owner? GOD!!!!!!!
2. God created man to be the managers of His creation. Genesis 2:15 “The LORD God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it.” (NIV)
Stewardship, when you get down to it, is simply partnership with God.
1 Corinthians 3:9 “We are God’s workers, working together;” (NCV)
Romans 14:12 “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” (NKJV)
The Key: Just because something is in your possession, does not mean it is your possession.
Part #2 Prayer
1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the boldness we have in God’s presence: that if we ask God for anything that agrees with what He wants, He hears us. If we know He hears us every time we ask Him, we know we have what we ask from Him.” (NCV)
Question: How can we pray with real confidences before our Lord and Savior and have a love relationship with God?
1. We must ABIDE in Him!
John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (NKJV)
Our lives must be yielded to Christ and His word!
2. We must ASK Him!
James 4:2b-3 “You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”(NIV)
3. We must BELIEVE in Him!
Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (NIV)
God does not require us to have great faith. We simply are to have faith in a great God!
4. We must RECEIVE what we have asked of Him!
1 John 5:15 “If we know He hears us every time we ask Him, we know we have what we ask from Him.” (NCV)
Question: When was the last time your prayer time was full of life and fellowship rather than a heartless required ritual?