Fundraising (Traditional Stewardship)

Biblical Stewardship

Method

Theology

Giving to (budgets, church, needs)

Giving from what God gives

Man ’s view

God’s view

Appeal for loyalty to missions

God’s love in Christ

Raise money

Raise men

Focus on what the church wants

Focus on what God wants

Better church members

Stronger Christians

Allow Christians to bring excuses

Teach Christians how to bear fruit

Fair share, quotas, needs

First fruits and proportionate giving

Consider giving a burden

Christian giving is a joy

Legalistic, man-imposed devices

Let the Holy Spirit guide  

In the first verse of the hymn “ We Give You But Your Own”, we sing, “We give You but Your own in any gifts we bring; All that we have is Yours alone, a trust from You, our King.”

It is likely that we have sung this hymn many times without realizing the implication of the words. Through faith, we recognize that all we are and all we have come as gifts from our gracious Heavenly Father. We recognize that God owns every thing and that we have nothing, except as stewards of God. We give to sho w our gratitude to compel us to grow in our giving.

As we grow in the grace of giving, we can find four different levels of giving:

    1. At the first level of giving, people give only a token amount, if anything at all. The amount given represents the excess or left-over amounts after everything else is taken care of. Often times, people at this level give to imitate others because they see other people giving. This giving is normally not associated with faith.
    2. The next level of giving could be referred to as self-interest giving. People see the church as compared to paying dues. Giving fulfills a sense of obligation. The self- interest giver sees little connection between faith in God and what he does with his money . Giving is from the leftovers rather than from the top.
    3. The next level of giving could be referred to as a level of spiritual gratitude. At this stage, a person recognizes how God has freely given him salvation through His Son Jesus who went to the Cross for his sins. Out of thanksgiving for Jesus has done, there is a response of gratitude. Jesus has paid the penalty of sin so that we can be made right with God. When someone understands what Jesus did on the cross, there is joy in giving. Giving at this level stops focusing on the church budget and becomes a personal surrender of one’s life and resources. People at this level give regular and proportionate amounts of their incomes.
    4. The fourth level of giving is at s uch a high level of stewardship that few people reach it. At this level, a person gives more than he can afford and far more than his share. The final level is the level of sacrificial giving.
May God grant us loving and giving hearts so we can worship and praise our Heavenly Father as we grow in the levels of our giving.  
Pastor Robert Green of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Parma included some thought on stewardship in a letter to the congregation. Using key phrases from the LCMS definition of stewardship, he commented and expanded on the concepts.

Christian stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family – the church – in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’ s purposes.

This definition contains many key words for our further consideration:

Christian:

A follower of Jesus Christ!

Stewardship:

The action of being a steward!

Free:

Not coerced by the law, punishment, etc.

Joyous:

Something desirable and enjoyable!

Activity:

Stewardship in action!

Child of God:

Through faith in the death and re surrection of Christ!

God’s Family:

All who trust in Jesus Christ alone!

The Church:

Not a building of brick, rather all children of God!

Managing:

God owns all. We simply man age what God has given us.

All of Life:

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own ? For you have been bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body. ” (1 Cor 6:19- 20). Jesus bought us with His precious blood!

Life’s Resources:

God has given us life, breath, strength, and ability to earn all that we have!

For God’s purposes:

God created the universe and all things in order that He migh t create mankind as the pinnacle of His creation. God has given us life, eternal salvation, and all that we have. God has done every th ing for us, therefore, we are called to live for Him!

“ ... He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf .” (2 Cor 5:15)  

(2 Corinthians 8- 9)

  1. Stewardship means that giving is prop ortionate to income . (8:3)
  2. Stewardship means the gift of yourself. (8:5)
  3. Stewardship tests the sincerity of our love. (8:8)
  4. Stewardship is based on the self-sacrificing love of Christ; motivated by Christ’s gift of Himself and follows the self-sacrificing example of Christ. (8:9)
  5. Stew ardship takes people who are willing (8:12)
  6. Stewardship is a joint venture in the church. (8:14)
  7. Stewardship is honest and honorable among Christians – no gimmicks. (8:21)
  8. Stewardship takes people who are ready . (9:3)
  9. Stewardship requires commitment and promise. (9:5)
  10. Stewardship takes the promises of God seriously. (9:6- 11)  

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