Summary: Part 2 of a 4-part series on Christian stewardship; this part dealing with the Word of God and the Gospel.
LESSON 2 - STEWARDS OF THE TRUTH
TEXT: JOHN 18:33-38a; 1Co 4:1-2
Last week, we began this series of messages on Stewardship. We discussed the measure of a
life. We found that our faith is the foundation of our life, and upon that foundation of faith comes our
values. Our values, in turn form our choices. In other words, we are what we believe, and what we
believe is reflected in our choices. We then put our choices in front of the mirror of God’s Word, as the
Lord said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of Heaven, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Do we
believe the Kingdom of Heaven is before us? Do we then value that kingdom more than this passing
one? What choices do we make that reflect that value based on that belief? What choices do we make
that betray that value based on that belief?
Vance Havner says, “God is faithful, and He expects His people to be faithful. God’s Word
speaks of faithful servants, faithful in a few things, faithful in the least, faithful in the Lord, faithful
ministers. And all points up that day when He will say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
“What terrible times we have in our churches trying to keep people faithful in attendance and
loyalty! How we reward and picnic and coax and tantalize church members into doing things they don’t
want to do but which they would do if they loved God! The only service that counts is faithful service..
“True faith shows up in faithfulness. Not everyone can sing or preach, but all can be faithful.”
The remainder of this series will illustrate the Christian’s Stewardship responsibilities, which,
when carried out, will serve well to help us formulate our lives in such a way that when we get to be with
the Lord, we may very well hear “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” We want our lives to
measure up to our Savior’s standards. We’ve been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ (at least I hope
you have, and if you haven’t, then you need to be). Now what? How do we please this savior that has
given us so much hope, joy, love, and peace? What responsibilities has He given us as members of His
We will see our stewardship in several areas: today, the stewardship of God’s truth, next week,
Stewardship of God’s house, and finally, stewardship of God’s things.
****Read text (JOHN 18:33-38a)****
At this point in Pilate’s interrogation of Him, Jesus lays claim to a kingdom, a kingdom
established on truth. Jesus replies, "To this end I was born." I was born a king to bring forth a kingdom.
"And for this cause I came into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth." Jesus came into the
world as a steward of truth.
To this Pilate replied, "What is truth?" In other words:
How can we tell what is truth and what is error?
Who defines truth?
Where is truth to found?
What makes one thing true and another to be false?
Stanford Research Institute was studying the differences in vocational perceptions. They
devised a short but succinct test. The first to be tested was an engineer. The researchers asked him: “