Christian Stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes.
If you wish to electronically automate your joy-filled offerings as a part of your Christian Stewardship, you may complete the SIMPLY GIVING form and return it to the church office. Perhaps seal it in an envelope, and place it in the offering plate one Sunday, or place it in the church office box (outlined with red tape) in the hallway across from the office. It may take up to one week to process your automated request. You may change your request at any time by contacting the church office.
Something that cannot be automated is Love for God and Love for your neighbor. This love does, however, flow naturally out of recognizing God’s love for us in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Understanding your whole life as stewardship and using your God-given abilities, consider ways to love the Lord and serve your neighbor in your daily activities at home, in the workplace, in school, in your community, and at Our Saviour.
Biblical Principles of Stewardship
I. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE GOD’S STEWARDS.
God’s stewards are stewards by virtue of creation and their re-creation in Holy Baptism; therefore, they belong to the Lord.
II. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE MANAGERS, NOT OWNERS.
God’s stewards have been entrusted by God with life and life’s resources and given the privilege of responsibly and joyfully managing them for Him.
III. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE SAINTS AND SINNERS.
God’s stewards rejoice in and live out what God has declared them to be through the cross. At the same time His stewards recognize they are sinners who fight sin and its consequences each day.
IV. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE UNIQUELY SINGULAR, YET PROFOUNDLY PLURAL.
God’s stewards recognize that their lives are not solo performances but are personal responses to God, lived out within the community of faith to benefit the whole world.
V. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF THE WORLD.
God’s stewards recognize that the Lord sets them apart from the world and by the transforming power of the Gospel sends them into the world to live out the Gospel.
VI. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE LOVED AND LOVING.
God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship flows out of God’s act of love for them in Christ which empowers then, in turn, to love others in acts of Christ-like love.
VII. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE SERVED AND SERVING.
God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship involves a Gospel-powered style of life which is demonstrated in servanthood within all the arenas of life.
VIII. GOD’S STEWARDS LIVE WITH AN AWARENESS OF THE PRESENT AND FUTURE, OF TIME AND ETERNITY.
God’s stewards live intentionally in the light of God’s eternal purpose while being firmly committed to His rule in the here and now.
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