What is Stewardship?
A Steward is a person...
who has been entrusted with another’s resources, and who seeks to manage those resources according to the owner’s vision and values. The gospel tells us that everything we have is a gift from God, and that those gifts are to be used for his glory and to further his kingdom.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
1 Peter 4:10.
At Cedar Springs, we consider Stewardship a responsibility, an act of worship, and evidence of our faith. We exercise Stewardship individually through giving of time and money and we exercise Stewardship corporately through the wise and generous use of the gifts given by the congregation.
How much should we give?
God commands his people to give a tenth (a tithe) of their increase (ie., grain, crops, animals, money) to him (the Church).
Genesis 14:20 ... and Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Leviticus 27:30 Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or the fruit of the trees, is the Lord's; it is holy to the Lord.M/em>
Why would God want his people to tithe?
Probable reasons for God's command to tithe include:
1) To recognize God as the Creator, Giver and Sustainer of all we are and all we possess.
Malachi 3:8 ... Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, "How have we robbed you?" In your tithes and contributions.
2) To encourage people to be givers and turn our attention to the needs of others.
Acts 2:45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.