Stewardship


But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.  (James 1:22)
WHAT IS STEWARDSHIP?
   

At Community Presbyterian Church, we believe that stewardship is a vital part of Christian living and worship. We know that often people think stewardship is all about money and we would like to provide a better understanding of the truths about stewardship.

We believe that it is the churches responsibility to educate and equip the followers of Jesus Christ to become good stewards, faithfully growing in gratitude, acknowledging the many blessings we receive daily from God.

As we receive the Word of God through worship, scriptures, and witness, stewardship becomes an issue of faith development expressed through generosity and commitment toward continuing Christ’s work in the world.
 
As faithful disciples, we are called to care for and manage all that God has given us by sharing our time, our talents, and our treasures. 
 
 
TIME
 
Sharing our time is a truly wondrous part of stewardship. As we take time from our daily busy schedules to do good works for God, we receive a lesson in caring, loving, and kindness. It is through those lessons that we get a fuller understanding; it truly is better to give than it is to receive.
 
 
For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. (John 13:15) NRSV
 
TALENTS
 
God entrust each of us with multiple talents and abilities to be used for God's purposes.  Talents may be natural or developed interest.  As we come to understand stewardship, we are challenged to look inward, to acknowledge our own skills and talents, and apply those things to our daily life for the glory of God.
 
to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. (Matthew 25:15) NRSV
 
TREASURES

Sharing our treasures is a subject often talked about in the Holy Bible, with an emphasis on being cheerful in doing so. As we approach this section of stewardship we must first realize that our treasures are more than our money. 

As Christians, we belong completely to God. Our body, mind, abilities, and all we possess belong to God. For God has given to us these things so we may use them for God’s own purposes. 

We receive instruction and inspiration by example through the written word. By practicing good stewardship, we give thanks and glory to God. (2 Corinthians 9:6-13) NRSV
 

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, (2 Corinthians 9:6-13) NRSV