What can Churches do to teach Biblical Stewardship?
In Malachi 3:10, God tells us to test Him; it's the only place in the Bible that we are told to test God:
"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says the Lord of Heaven's Armies, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!"
Faith Dialogue has developed the 310 Tithe Challenge for churches that want to make better disciples of Jesus Christ through the teaching of Biblical stewardship. It starts with an easy assessment of the present financial stewardship culture in the local church and then begins the radical transformation to a culture that follows the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 22:37. To steward our relationship with God we need to recognize the ways we were created to love Him. god has given us incredible capacity to love - with our heart, mind, soul and strength.
- Soul – In Genesis 2:7, God forms man out of dust and breathes into him the breath of life. Our being is more than physical, emotional, and intellectual. The soul encompasses all that we are. We are called to worship God through a life that is completely dedicated to him.
- Mind – Knowing, loving, and honoring God with our minds involves diligence. We are in possession of the living Word, a love letter to us from God. Stewarding our minds asks us to spend time studying God’s truth. It also means discerning the application of God’s truth to the culture of the world. Today’s culture tempts us daily with destructive ways to distract our minds from God.
- Strength – The first commandment in Deuteronomy 6:5 is translated as “might.” Does that mean the heavyweight champion can love God more than the twelve year-old child, elderly senior citizen, or terminally ill? No – it means devoted totality. We are to direct all we have at our disposal to the glory of God.
Let Faith Dialogue help you transform your church into a church that follows God, gives the first and best to God and stewards their life according to Biblical principles.
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