We are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources. We are responsible to Him for their proper use. We acknowledge God’s ownership by faithful service to Him and our fellow men, and by returning tithes and giving offerings for the proclamation of His gospel and the support and growth of His church. Stewardship is a privilege given to us by God for nurture in love and the victory over selfishness and covetousness. The steward rejoices in the blessings that come to others as a result of his faithfulness. (Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 2:15; 1 Chron. 29:14; Haggai 1:3-11; Mal. 3:8-12; 1 Cor. 9:9-14; Matt. 23:23; 2 Cor. 8:1-15; Rom. 15:26, 27.)
See also these Bible lessons from previous years:
(Brief excerpts given. See the URLs for much more.)
- In “Priests and Levites,” lesson in the series, People on the Move: The Book of Numbers (2009d), Frank Holbrook references the system of offerings and tithes the Lord instituted in the time of the sanctuary services.
- “Lord of Our Resources,” from the lesson series, The Spiritual Life, by Derek Morris.
- “Stewardship” from the lesson series, Walking the Walk: The Christian Life (2009b), by Reinder Bruinsma.
- In “Paul: Called to be an Apostle,” in the series, 1 Corinthians: The Gospel on the Street (1998a), the author, John McVay, points out that Paul draws a specific parallel between the Levites who were supported by tithes and those in the gospel ministry.