MANAGING RESOURCES FOR GOD'S PURPOSES
Eight Principles of Stewardship (LCMS)
"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."
I. GOD'S STEWARDS ARE GOD'S STEWARDS. This means that God's stewards are stewards by virtue of creation and re-creation in Holy Baptism; therefore, they belong to the Lord.
II. GOD'S STEWARDS ARE MANAGERS, NOT OWNERS. This means that God's stewards have been entrusted 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. This means that God's stewards rejoice in and live out what the Lord 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. This means that 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. This means that 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. This means that God's stewards recognize that their stewardship flows out of God's act of love for them in Christ which empowers them, in turn, to love others in acts of Christ-like love.
VII. GOD'S STEWARDS ARE SERVED AND SERVING. This means that 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. This means that God's stewards live intentionally in the light of the Lord's eternal purpose while being firmly committed to His rule in the here and now.
"Maturing stewards do the right things for the right reasons and strive for excellence in all they do!"
John the Baptist....what a great example of one of God's stewards! He actively put to use all the gifts God gave him. So it is with us as! All the things we think, do, and say in faith (apart from sin), are actions of a steward of God.
God's gifts include talents, treasures and time. How we manage our time is most important. The Bible tells how Jesus spent a lot of His time in prayer; especially before any major event in His life and/or the lives of His disciples. The Bible also calls us to use our time wisely and to pray continually. Every 2nd Monday of the month, 6:30-7:00 p.m.(prior to Our Savior's other scheduled meetings) a special Prayer Meeting is scheduled in the sanctuary of Our Saviors. Possible prayers include prayers for our church, our nation, the sick, good weather, our leaders and Pastor, our meetings and activities, praising and giving thanks, just to mention a few. This meeting is open to all the members of Our Saviors. Our prayer is for God to bless this meeting and to make our time well spent as He answers our prayers according to His gracious perfect Will.