Is stewardship about money alone?
Of course not! It is important to remember that when we focus exclusively on giving in terms of money alone, we lose sight of the bigger picture. God calls us to be generous in all areas of our lives and invites us to explore the many opportunities to share ourselves through our time and talent.
What does the Bible Say about stewards?
The Bible has many stories about stewards. One thing that they all have in common is that they tend to teach us how we can better take care of ourselves and also take care of the possessions that God has entrusted to us. Jesus said to his disciples, “Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” -Luke 12:22-23
What is a Tithe?
In Biblical terms, a tithe is 1/10th of your income. “One tenth of all the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, belongs to the Lord.” -Leviticus 27:30. To tithe, is to put God first. This means that you should give of your “first fruits” and not from what is left over. God does not necessarily expect you to start off tithing. He knows that we are sinful and will try to hang on to our possessions. To tithe requires a plan, and a plan takes time. Start giving where you are able, and continue to increase your giving until you feel comfortable with how much you are giving. For some, this will be a tithe and for others it will be much less. When you arrive at the point that you no longer have to ask the question, “Am I giving enough?” you will have arrived at the point that is right for you.
Did you know that your monthly offering envelopes that you receive have extra envelopes in the months of March and April?
These “seasonal”envelopes provide an opportunity for you to rejoice in the many blessings God has given you and to share some of these gifts with your Church. If you are able, you are encouraged to use the envelopes during Lenten Wednesdays and during Holy Week as an expression of your response of God’s gifts given to you.