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  1. Stewardship @ your Lutheran Church Growing In Love for He who Loved us!

  2. Going God’s Way? • We want you to know, brethren, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have over-flowed in a wealth of liberality on their part. II Corinthians 8:1–2 RSV

  3. Going God’s Way? • We want you to know, brethren, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have over-flowed in a wealth of liberality on their part. II Corinthians 8:1–2 RSV

  4. 3 Points to Understand For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints ... and this, not as we expected, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of the Lord... I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love is also genuine. II Corinthians 8:3–8 RSV

  5. 3 Points to Understand For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints ... and this, not as we expected, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of the Lord... I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love is also genuine. II Corinthians 8:3–5, 8 RSV

  6. 3 Points to Understand For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints ... and this, not as we expected, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of the Lord... I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love is also genuine. II Corinthians 8:3–5, 8 RSV

  7. 3 Points to Understand For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints ... and this, not as we expected, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of the Lord... I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love is also genuine. II Corinthians 8:3–5, 8 RSV

  8. The Power to Be a Good Manager • For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich. II Corinthians 8:9 RSV

  9. The Power to Be a Good Manager • For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich. II Corinthians 8:9 RSV

  10. 4 Principles to Consider • For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not. I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality. • We intend that no one should blame us about this liberal gift which we are administering, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight, but also in the sight of men. • So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren to go on to you before me, and arrange in advance for this gift you have promised, so that it may be ready not as an exaction, but as a willing gift. II Corinthians 8:12, 20; 9:5 RSV

  11. 4 Principles to Consider • For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not. I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality. • We intend that no one should blame us about this liberal gift which we are administering, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight, but also in the sight of men. • So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren to go on to you before me, and arrange in advance for this gift you have promised, so that it may be ready not as an exaction, but as a willing gift. II Corinthians 8:12, 20; 9:5 RSV

  12. 4 Principles to Consider For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not. I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality. We intend that no one should blame us about this liberal gift which we are administering, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight, but also in the sight of men. So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren to go on to you before me, and arrange in advance for this gift you have promised, so that it may be ready not as an exaction, but as a willing gift. II Corinthians 8:12, 20; 9:5

  13. 4 Principles to Consider • For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not. I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality. • We intend that no one should blame us about this liberal gift which we are administering, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight, but also in the sight of men. • So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren to go on to you before me, and arrange in advance for this gift you have promised, so that it may be ready not as an exaction, but as a willing gift. II Corinthians 8:12, 20; 9:5

  14. 4 Principles to Consider • For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not. I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality. • We intend that no one should blame us about this liberal gift which we are administering, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight, but also in the sight of men. • So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren to go on to you before me, and arrange in advance for this gift you have promised, so that it may be ready not as an exaction, but as a willing gift. II Corinthians 8:12, 20; 9:5

  15. 6 Promises to Trust • The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one much do as he has made up his 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 you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work... He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God... Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the Gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others. II Corinthians 8:6–13

  16. 6 Promises to Trust The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one much do as he has made up his 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 you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work... He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God... Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the Gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others. II Corinthians 8:6–13

  17. 6 Promises to Trust • The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one much do as he has made up his 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 you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work... He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God... Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the Gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others. II Corinthians 8:6–13

  18. 6 Promises to Trust • The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one much do as he has made up his 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 you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work... He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God... Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the Gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others. II Corinthians 8:6–13

  19. 6 Promises to Trust • The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one much do as he has made up his 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 you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work... He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God... Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the Gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others. II Corinthians 8:6–13

  20. 6 Promises to Trust • The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one much do as he has made up his 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 you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work... He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God... Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the Gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others. II Corinthians 8:6–13

  21. 6 Promises to Trust • The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one much do as he has made up his 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 you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work... He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God... Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the Gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others. II Corinthians 8:6–13

  22. “Put Me to the Test” • Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house; and thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. Malachi 3:10

  23. “Put Me to the Test” • Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house; and thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. Malachi 3:10

  24. A Picture of Our Management • This analysis indicates the average weekly contributions of the ____ current-member envelope holders of _____. The figures reflect total offerings divided by ____ (the number of Sundays during the period January–September 2013 ). • We have attempted to divide total offerings by the number of weeks of membership for those who joined during the year. We have not included high school students. • May this analysis help us ponder our gifts from God and determine if our offerings accurately reflect our gratitude for His goodness.

  25. 3% 4% 5% 6% 7% 8% 9% 10% 15% 20% 33% $15,000 8.65 11.54 14.42 17.31 20.19 23.08 25.96 28.85 43.27 57.69 95.19 $25,000 14.42 19.23 24.04 28.85 33.65 38.46 43.27 48.08 72.12 96.15 158.65 $50,000 28.85 38.46 48.08 57.69 67.31 76.92 86.54 96.15 144.23 192.31 317.31 $60,000 34.62 46.15 57.69 69.23 80.77 92.31 103.85 115.38 173.08 230.77 380.77 $75,000 43.27 57.69 72.12 86.54 100.96 115.38 129.81 144.23 216.35 288.46 475.96 $100,000 57.69 76.92 96.15 115.38 134.62 153.85 173.08 192.31 288.46 384.62 634.62 $125,000 72.12 96.15 120.19 144.23 168.27 192.31 216.35 240.38 360.58 480.77 793.27 $150,000 86.54 115.38 144.23 173.08 201.92 230.77 259.62 288.46 432.69 576.92 951.92 Weekly Offerings Annual Income

  26. 2 Practical Steps to Follow • Now, concerning the contribution for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come. I Corinthians 16:1,2

  27. 2 Practical Steps to Follow Now, concerning the contribution for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come. I Corinthians 16:1,2

  28. 2 Practical Steps to Follow • Now, concerning the contribution for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come. I Corinthians 16:1,2

  29. My Personal Commitment to God • Recognizing that God has cared for me in the past ... • Trusting His promise to care for me in the future ... • I intend to respond to His many blessings by committing ________ per week to His Work at _________ Lutheran Church.

  30. My Humber Prayer Lord, in your mercy you have showered your grace and blessing upon me, giving me the blessing of forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant that I may also thank and praise you for your grace and mercy and for the continued promise that you will bless me for time and eternity. Lead me to give of those things which you so freely give to me to manage, namely my time, my talent and my earthly treasurers. Grant that I may use them to glorify and magnify your kingdom to the glory of your name. Amen.

  31. Appendixes • Our Stewardship of time • Our Stewardship of talent

  32. Stewardship of Time and Talent • Done Will it help • Christian Education • Teacher • Substitute • VBS • Library • Music • Other ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

  33. Stewardship of Time and Talent Done Will it help • Building Maintenance • Carpenter • Electrician • Painter • Plumber • Handyman • Other ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

  34. Stewardship of Time and Talent • Blood Donor • A, O, B, AB, RH + - • ___ Will help with Blood Drive • Name: ________________ • Number: ________________ • Best Time for me to help: Weekends Weekdays | AM PM