Reaching Out

Thoughts on Stewardship

1. Truths to remember

• The Diversity of Gifts
○ Matthew 24:14 (NASB95)
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a
testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
• Stewards, not Owners
○ Luke 19:13 (NASB95)
“And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them,
‘Do business with this until I come back.’
• Faithfulness Required
○ 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NASB95)
In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found
• Life a precious gift
1 Corinthians 6:20 (NASB95)
For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
• A Sacred Treasure To be Kept
○ 1 Timothy 6:20 (NASB95)
O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty
chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”—
○ 2 Timothy 1:14 (NASB95)
Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has
been entrusted to you.
• Ministering as Stewards
○ 1 Peter 4:10–11 (NASB95)
10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one
another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of
God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which
God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus
Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
• Stewardship is personal
○ Proverbs 9:12 (NASB95)
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone
will bear it.
○ Ezekiel 18:20 (NASB95)
20 “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for
the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the
son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself,
and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.
○ Galatians 6:3–9 (NASB95)
3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives
4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for
boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.
5 For each one will bear his own load.
6 The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one
who teaches him.
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he
will also reap.
8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap
corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap
eternal life.
9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we
do not grow weary.

2. Accountability

○ Matthew 12:36 (NASB95)
“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give
an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
○ Matthew 18:23 (NASB95)
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished
to settle accounts with his slaves.
○ Luke 12:20 (NASB95)
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of
you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’
○ Luke 12:42–48 (NASB95)
42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom
his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations
at the proper time?
43 “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
44 “Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his
45 “But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in
coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and
drink and get drunk;
46 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him
and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him
a place with the unbelievers.
47 “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act
in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
48 but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a
flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much
will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all
the more.
○ Luke 19:15–17 (NASB95)
15 “When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these
slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might
know what business they had done.
16 “The first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas
17 “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been
faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten
○ Romans 14:12 (NASB95)
12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
○ 1 Peter 4:1–6 (NASB95)
1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also
with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased
from sin,
2 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts
of men, but for the will of God.
3 For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the
desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts,
drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.
4 In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the
same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;
5 but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and
the dead.
6 For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are
dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the
spirit according to the will of God.

3. Stewardship of the Gospel (the good news of Jesus Christ)
• 1 Corinthians 9:17 (NASB95)
For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I
have a stewardship entrusted to me.
• Galatians 1:6–7 (NASB95)
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the
grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you
and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
• Colossians 1:25 (NASB95)
Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God
bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the
preaching of the word of God,
• 1 Thessalonians 1:2–5 (NASB95)
2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our
3 constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and
steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God
and Father,
4 knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you;
5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in
the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men
we proved to be among you for your sake.
• 1 Timothy 1:6–11 (NASB95)
6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless
7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand
either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident
8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for
those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the
unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for
10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers,
and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,
11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have
been entrusted.
• Titus 1:1–4 (NASB95)
1 Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith
of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to
2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long
ages ago,
3 but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation
with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior,
4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the
Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.