February 26, 2017: Stewardship Revival
Topic: A Generous People
Text: 2 Cor. 9:1-5
Ministering: Rev’d Dr. Olatunde Alabi
1. There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord’s people.
2. For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action.
3. But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be.
4. For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident.
5. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. (NIV)
1. To define stewardship as living the responsible life
2. To identify and discuss 4 characteristics of generous people
Greetings and Introduction:
1. I bring greetings from my family and our church, Immanuel Baptist Church, Ojo
2. To those that I have not seen this year, I say, Happy new year.
I appreciate Rev’d. Samuel Adeniyi Oladejo for the opportunity given to me to 112 we God’s people in this year’s Stewardship Revival. I really appreciate.
I. What Is Stewardship?
Stewardship means different things to different people.
To some people whose pastor will only talk about stewardship when the church needs money, stewardship will mean nothing more than money and giving.
But students of the Scriptures know that Christian stewardship is not just about money and giving.
The doctrine of Christian Stewardship centres on:
@ Man’s relationship to God and in
@ Man’s God-given charge to care for the material world.
Hence, stewardship teaching centres on living responsibly as God’s manager of the material world.
Stewardship, therefore, can be defined as living responsible life.
Ìríjú ni gbígbé ìgbésí ayé tí ó dángájíà
Ìgbésí ayé tí ó péye
This year, by the grace of God we shall be looking at the Stewardship of Time.
We shall look at time in terms of seconds, minutes, hours. We shall also look at it in terms of life time
II. Stewardship in the Corinthians Church
There was famine in Judah. Living was difficult for people in the area.
Paul felt Believers in other parts of the world has responsibility to believes in the famine area. So he initiated relief programme for the Believers in Judah.
The first people he discussed the matter with was the Corinthian Christians and their immediate response was superb.
They made commitments and promises into millions and billions.
Paul was very happy. He believed that they were a generous people. He went about telling other churches about the generous Corinthians.
But unfortunately, time went by, the people had no time to fulfill their promises and redeemed their commitments.
Paul had to write to remind them living the responsible life involves doing whatever you have to do when it is useful.
When they made the promise, they were like a generous people but generosity does not begin and end with making promises.
III. 4 Characteristics of Generous People
To be truly generous
1. God First: 1 Kings 17:13-14
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.
For this is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’ ” (NIV)
2. Systematic Giving: 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
When you collect money for God’s people, I want you to do exactly what I told the churches in Galatia to do.
That is, each Sunday each of you must put aside part of what you have earned. If you do this, you won’t have to take up a collection when I come. (CEVUK00)
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
1 Corinthians 16:2 NIV
3. Cheerful Giving: (1 Corinthians 9:7)
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (NIV)
2 Cor. 9:5
Nítorí náà, mo rí i pé ó di dandan pé kí n bẹ àwọn arakunrin láti ṣiwaju mi wá sọ́dọ̀ yín, kí wọ́n ṣe ètò sílẹ̀ nípa ẹ̀bùn tí ẹ ti ṣe ìlérí, kí ó jẹ́ pé yóo ti wà nílẹ̀ kí n tó dé. Èyí yóo mú kí ó jẹ́ ọrẹ àtinúwá, kò ní jẹ́ ti ìlọ́ni-lọ́wọ́-gbà. (BM)
4. Eternity in View Giving: (Mark 10:29-30)
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. (NIV)
Conclusion: The Generosity of God
Invitation (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.
In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.
And they exceeded our expectations:
They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. (NIV)