Stewardship is not just about money. Stewardship is being the careful and responsible manager of something entrusted to you. (Merriam-Webster) That includes our time and talents! God has given everyone different resources so that we may accomplish the plans, goals, and tasks God has given each of us. We all have at least one task given to us by Jesus (Mathew 28:19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…Through our time, talents and treasures, we have been given the means to fulfill this command and others, as they relate to different areas of our lives.
Acts 1:8 …you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
What is Stewardship? What have you been entrusted with? How can you use them to serve here at not only here at OSLC, but locally and Globally?
Time For most of us time is one of the most difficult things for us to give based on our busy lives, but the personal relationships formed as we give of our time in service to the Lord are the foundation that our church is built on. ‘Our’ time is owned by God, so how can we please and serve Him with this gift?
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
Here are a few of the many examples of how you can make good use of your time:
·At Our Savior Lutheran Church: Assist with weekly bulletins, help with church maintenance, play an instrument, serve in a ministry such as ushering, greeting, hospitality or the nursery. Also very important is to get involved with a Small Group.
·Community: Serve at a local food pantry, take a meal to someone in need (Caring Ministry). Support and/or volunteer at sponsored organizations like A Women’s Concern (MA) or Options for Women (NH).
·Global: Be a goer or a sender in support of our missions program, help support a sponsored missionary, seminary student or professor.
The Lord is owner of all, and has distributed talents to each of us to use for His purposes.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: (1 Peter 4:10)
OSLC: Leadership,typing, office work, media booth, Choir, Children’s Church
Locally: Where do you see a need?
Globally: Can you teach? Are you good with kids? Are you musical? Do you speak a second language?
The financial tithe is straightforward and goes back to Abram. In Genesis 14:20, Abram presents ten percent of the wealth he earned in battle to the high priest Melchizedek. All we have is a gift from God and as such, the tithe represents offering our first fruits back to God as a thanksgiving offering.
It takes faith that God has provided for us and will continue to provide for us. It also takes faith that God will deliver on His promise to His people in Malachi 3:10 to throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough. Here are some examples of how your tithe is used:
At Our Savior Lutheran Church: Providing for our hard-working staff, keeping up our facilities, aiding parishioners in need.
Community: Supporting local missions,vacation Bible school.
Global: Supporting professors and studentsoverseas, supporting missionaries, sendingmission teams to share Gods works.