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Notes: 01/29/2023

Money Matters

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• A paradigm can be defined as a thought pattern. Framework; perspective. 


• God owns everything and I am only a steward of His possessions.

1 Chronicles 29:11 (NLT) 11Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.


• A steward is someone entrusted with another’s wealth or possessions and charged with the responsibility of managing it in the owner’s best interest.  


1. All of the money belonged to the man (owner) going on the trip. 

Matthew 25:14 (NLT) 14“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.

A. The steward was given the responsibility to manage the resources that belonged to another person. 

Matthew 25:14 (NLT) 14“. . . He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.


Biblical Principle of Stewardship:

B. As Christians, we don’t even own our own bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (GW) 19Don’t you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don’t belong to yourselves. 20You were bought for a price. So bring glory to God in the way you use your body. 


C. The resources were the servants (steward) responsibility only for a period of time, not forever.  

Matthew 25:14 (NLT) 14“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.


2. The servant (steward) was given a level of trustworthiness by the true owner of the resources.

Matthew 25:14-15 (NLT) “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. 

A. Entrusted (paradidōmi) means to put into the care or protection of someone.

• Along with the responsibility comes the authority to carry out the task.


3. The servant (steward) was expected to represent the owner and his best interests at all times.

Matthew 25:14 (TLB) "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going into another country, who called together his servants and loaned them money to invest for him while he was gone. 


4. The servants (stewards) did not know when the owner was going to return.

Matthew 25:14 (NLT) 14“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip . . .25:19“After a long time their master returned from his trip.


5. The servant (steward) was held accountable for what had been entrusted to him.

Matthew 25:19 (NLT) “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 

A. The servant (steward) was expected to be industrious with the owner’s resources.

Matthew 25:24 (MSG) "The servant given one thousand said, 'Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. 


B. The servant (steward) was expected to increase the owner’s resources, not conserve them.

Matthew 25:25-27 (NLT) I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 

• Summary: The steward had responsibilities not rights! 


6. The servant’s (steward’s) actions each carried consequences. 

A. The faithful steward was rewarded with more responsibility!

Matthew 25:29 (NLT) To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 


B. The unfaithful servant (steward) experienced unfortunate consequences.

Matthew 25:29-30 (NLT) To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 


F THIS IS TRUE . . .

• Everything belongs to God including my money.

• If I have anything, it’s because God entrusted me with His resources. 

• I have a responsibility to manage His money.

• My responsibility is to represent His interests with my money.

• God expects me to be wise with His money.

• I will be held accountable for how I use His money.

• Faithful stewardship will be rewarded . . . with more responsibility.

• Poor stewardship will have consequences . . . losing trust and resources.

NEXT STEPS:

• Pick up the packet of 2,350 verses in the Bible on money.

• Purchase and read The Treasure Principle. Cost is $8 in the Lobby. 

• Read and sign the Transfer of Title as an act of acknowledging that you are a steward of God’s money.