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Summary: Stewardship is the missing piece to successful living. Adapted from a John C. Maxwell sermon.

Stewardship: The Missing Piece to Successful Living

"The Benefits of Lifestyle Stewardship" 1 of 4

(Originally preached by Dr. John C. Maxwell)

Luke 6:27-38 (quickview) 

January 5, 2002 FBC, Chester, IL Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:

Draw your attention to the puzzle on the front of your sermon notes.

A Stewardship is the missing piece to successful living.

a I’ll be talking the whole month on how stewardship is the key to spiritual growth/development.

b Been a big month in the life our church for the last two years. (Look forward to January)

B Overview of the next four weeks....

a Benefits: Biblical Model of stewardship.

b Balance: Poverty or Prosperity-Which is biblically correct?

(Some people say if you serve God you’ll have everything/nothing. Which is right?)

c Responsibility: If God Owns It All What Am I Doing With It?

d Partners: 1 + 1 = One

C Today’s notes...

(3 pages of notes for this sermon...mostly scripture. Don’t panic.)

a Biblical model of lifestyle stewardship.

b Luke 6 (quickview) 

*Jesus is doing some marvelous teaching about living a lifestyle of giving.

*READ LUKE 6:27-38 (quickview)  FROM NIV (DON’T PRINT IN SERMON GUIDE)

II Four Observations

(1.) This behavior is to be our lifestyle. (Does Jesus really expect us to live this way? YES!)

(2.) This behavior sets us apart from the world. (vs. 32-34)

Three different times Jesus says if we don’t live this high road of giving, sharing, loving there is nothing that seperates us from the sinners/world.

(3.) This behavior is modeled by our heavenly Father. (v.6.)

(4.) This behavior will reap many benefits. (vs. 35, 37-38)

Reward will be great (35)

If we don’t judge, we won’t be judged. (Condemned, forgive)

(We pretty much determine our own sentence from God. Our attitude towards others determines our attitude toward us.)

E Remember in school when the teacher called for someone to answer a question and if you knew the answer you raised your hand in the air and waved it!!!

a You knew the answer and you wanted to tell everybody else that you knew the answer.

b Remember what it was like when the teacher asked a question and you had no idea what the answer was. (Dear God, please don’t let her call on me!)

F I’m excited about this month, because I really know biblically how things can turn around for you financially, spiritually, your life. (Hang with me over the next month and I promise you it can beautifully, incredibly bless your life.)

a God’s Word teaches us specifically how to live a successful life and the missing piece in many Christians life is this piece of STEWARDSHIP. Stewardship= Managing the resources that God has given you and me.

*I’ll try my best in next four weeks to teach you how to manage what God has given you. (If you manage it correctly, you receive more. Incorrectly, you receive less.)

b Not an accident why some people are blessed and others aren’t blessed.

(Talk about being river instead of reservoir, channel of blessing..if we understand the biblical principles of stewardship.)

II How Do We Develop A Lifestyle of Giving?

1 Totally give yourself to God.


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