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Friday, August 31, 2012

Study Notes for Stewardship 1

Week 1
Stewardship versus Ownership - 2 September 2012
Let’s start with the foundational principle: ownership.
The truth of God’s ownership is so simple, yet so profound!
Read I Chronicles 29:11-13.
“Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name.
14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
Read Psalm 24:1.
“The earth is the LORD'S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”
Discuss: What is ownership?
Some answers: It is the right of control; it is the right to use……………………………..
Discuss: What does it mean when you claim Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?
There are hundreds of references to Jesus Christ as Lord!
Read 1 Corinthians1:9.
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Lord refers to the one to whom a person or thing belongs; a lord has power of decision; He is master.
Read Acts 4:24.
The Greek word “Lord” in Acts 4:24 is despotes, a term likened to “despot.” He is one who is in total control! When you say “Lord” you are saying he is the one who has total control!
What is the hardest area for us to let God have complete control?
Discuss: What right does God have to claim ownership?
Some answers might include: By right of creation, God has created you; by right of redemption, God has redeemed you. He bought back a second time! Satan stole mankind away. He held them in bondage. What did God do? He sent his Son to pay the payment—the death penalty. Read I Corinthians 6:19,20 and Romans 10:13.
Why does God expect us to make Him Lord?
Discuss: What should be your response to God’s ownership?
Some answers might include: Trust, eg Proverbs 3:5,6; Obedience; Stewardship
Concluding discussion
What is ownership?
What does “Lord” mean?
What is the hardest area in which to allow God complete control?
What does stewardship mean?
What is the relationship between ownership and stewardship? 

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