XIII. Stewardship

from the Baptist Faith & Message 2000:

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.

Genesis 14:20 | Leviticus 27:30-32 | Deuteronomy 8:18 | Malachi 3:8-12 | Matthew 6:1-4,19-21 | Matthew 19:21 | Matthew 23:23 | Matthew 25:14-29 | Luke 12:16-21,42 | Luke 16:1-13 | Acts 2:44-47 | Acts 5:1-11 | Acts 17:24-25 | Acts 20:35 | Romans 6:6-22 | Romans 12:1-2 | 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 | 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 | 1 Corinthians 12 | 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 | 2 Corinthians 8-9 | 2 Corinthians 12:15 | Philippians 4:10-19 | 1 Peter 1:18-19

3 Comments

Don, how about adding some of your own insights into this blog for us? I would be interrested in some of your theological reflections as they relate to the change that has taken place in your ministry. I know you have greatly earned and deserve the respect of many new faces and places these past two and a half years. Does what’s on the pages of these historical documents reflect the events that have taken place in Lakeshore, Mississippi? Have you changed your interpretation of these documents or have you disagreed with these texts in any way? based upon what has taken place? How does one affect the other? Maybe I just need to wait for the book to come out and read it there!! God bless you guys. We pray for you often.

Bill,

When I started posting these, I had planned to add my thoughts along the way. Time restraints in these last few weeks have prevented me from typing up any of my own thoughts with any justice to the themes addressed.

In short, the BF&M 2000 is a pretty good document. I encourage our folks to not just read the document, but to look up all the associated scripture passages and ask yourself the question, “what does the verse tell me about this topic?” For example, “what does Acts 20:35 tell me about stewardship?” I found this method of study very helpful.

Thanks, Don. I hear you! Keep notes and we will all read the book later!