Considering Two Stewards – Lesson Notes
Introduction: Stewardship a Biblical concept. Oikonomos – “house arranger.”
* Used regarding church leaders (elders – Titus 1:7), teachers (I Cor. 4:1-2; 3:5), and Christians in general (I Pet. ).
* 3 philosophies of ownership: Communism (gov’t. owns all), capitalism (every man owns property), & stewardship:
God owns it, we use it. (Psalm 50:10-12).
* Christians must be responsible overseers (Luke 16:2; I Corinthians 4:2).
* Study all accounts of the rich young ruler (Mt. 19:16-22; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:18-23).
1. Rich, young ruler.
* Young man approached Jesus asking what to do to receive eternal life (Mt. ).
* Was told to “keep the commandments” (Mt. ) + Lev. . Each dealt w/moral obligations to others.
* Christ saw his stumbling block – his wealth (Mt. ).
- Young man not w/o noble qualities (Mark ).
- God had blessed him; he was a ruler. Did he demonstrate gratitude to God?
- He had obeyed some of the Lord’s commands. Not good enough! (Mt. 28:20)
* Unfortunately, he had a limited view of service.
- Thought he might do “one thing” and inherit eternal life. Jesus said, “Follow Me” (meaning – “keep following”).
- Too many today looking for that “quick fix,” “instant Christianity,” doing “one good thing” for a heavenly home!
- This man’s head was swollen! He hadn’t “done all” (Romans &23).
* His focus was more on materialism than on righteousness. (Mt. 6:19-29; Mark 10:24; Col. 2:3).
* He went away sad (Mt. ; Mark ; Luke ).
* He did little good with what he had.
* We needn’t give up all that we have in order to be pleasing to Christ (Acts -37; Acts ). This young ruler had
an “idol” he had to overcome, and couldn’t do so. He was therefore unworthy to serve (Ezekiel 14:3; Colossians 3:5).
2. The Macecdonians.
missionary campaign (Acts ). Paul, Silas, Timothy, and
Luke established churches there.
supported Paul for nearly a decade (Phil. -18).
* Paul very active in this (Gal. ). ** Benevolence is 1 aspect of evangelism! ** (Mt. 5:16; Gal. 6:10).
Macedonian churches as example to
* Qualities that made them good stewards:
Had access to Heaven’s grace like
- Recognizing what God gave us (John ), how can we not show compassion to others?
- Macedonians gave from their poverty and were happy!
- The young ruler was rich, but sad!
- We need to reconsider what’s important – where true happiness lies! “Renew you mind” (Rom. 12:2).
- II Cor. 8:2 – Their wealth was found in helping others; using God’s blessings to do good for those in need.
* We must give according to our ability (Acts 11:29), in keeping w/our prosperity (I Cor. 16:2).
* Poor widow of Luke 21 went far beyond that – gave all she had (v. 1-4).
* Macedonian generosity equaled that of Israel in constructing the tabernacle (Exodus 35:5-9).
* What made them able to do this – to behave this way? They first gave themselves to God (II Cor. 8:5).
* They followed Christ’s example (Gal. 1:4; Phil. 2:5). Paul may have thought they’d give grudgingly at first. Not so!
3. Conclusion/what about us?
* What do we do w/our paychecks? Worry about bills? Plan for frivolous expenditures? Do we think about giving back to
He who has blessed us so?
* Do we offer more than a token amount? Old Law required 10% (Gen. 28:22). Our covenant vastly superior! (Heb. 7:18-
20; ch. 8-10). Our offering funds the spread of the Gospel message. Are we good stewards of what God has given us?
* Do we take care of our vehicles, homes and other possessions that God has allowed us to have?
* Most important of all: Are you a good steward of your soul? Care for it, nurture it, and do so by becoming a Christian
and living a life of faith!
R.W. McAlister 5/11/08 p.m.