Now is a natural time for pastors to be planning their preaching topics for the year ahead. How can we approach stewardship holistically – in its fullness – over the months ahead to include giving money but not let it take over all the other dimensions of stewarding God’s gifts? One helpful way is to think from the perspective of the Trinity.
Here are some Bible texts and sample sermon titles(just to prime the pump) related to God’s gifts of creation, God’s gifts of redemption, and God’s gifts of empowerment, to invite people to consider how we “steward” these remarkable gifts:
Gifts of Creation
Time – Lk. 9:57-62; Col. 4:5; Eph. 5?16; Mt. 25:1-13; Rom. 8:24; 4:18; Heb. 11:1; 1 Cor. 13:7
Getting Out of the Rat Race [time management]
Sabbath and Shalom [work/rest]
The December Rose [kairos time]
A Time for All Things
Planning Ahead [chronos time]
Time: Gift or Burden?
Time in a Bottle [priorities]
Living Between Advents [aion time]
Talents – 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Mt. 22:23-4-; Mt. 5:3-16
Giving All We’ve Got
What We All Have to Give
Celebrating Our Salt
Money and Possessions – Lk. 10:29-37; Lk. 19:1-10; 2 Cor. 8:1-4; Acts 2:45; 6:1-6; 1 Cor. 9:3-15; Acts 5:1-11
Giving Her All [widow’s mite]
Your Money and Your Life
Putting God First: The Tithe
Collection or Offering?
The Richest Person I Know [a great giver]
Putting It All On the Line [Paul and the Jerusalem offering]
When What We Own Owns Us [consumerism]
Holding Back [Ananias and Sapphira]
Drawing the “Enough” Line [personal and family financial management]
The Earth – Ps. 24:1-2; Isa. 40:12-31; Gen. 1:1-31
The Earth – Love It or Leave It?
Living with Earth’s Fullness
Earth and Earthlings [Adam/adamah = soil]
The Trouble with the Terminator [dominion vs. stewardship]
Economics and Ecology: Can We Have Both?
Gifts of Redemption
The Gospel – Mt. 25:14-30; 1 Cor. 2:6-7; 4:1-7; 1 Tim. 1:19; 6:3,20; 2 Tim. 1:13; 4:3; Titus 1:9-11; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Rom. 3:21-26
Will the True God Stand Up?
How Wise Do We Have to Be?
The Gospel: Heritage and Hope [past, present, future legacy]
No Secondhand Faith
Stewards of God’s Mysteries
It All Comes Down to Jesus
The Church – Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:12-18; Eph. 4:4-6
Warts and All: Can We Love the Church?
Strange Bedfellows: God’s Plan for Christian Community
The Body of Christ:” Replaceable Parts?
Gifts of Empowerment
Individual Gifts of Grace – Isa. 11:2; Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Cor. 12:1-13; Eph. 4:11-16; 2 Tim. 1:3-14; 1 Cor. 1:1-9; Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 13:1-13; Mt. 11:34-40
Use It or Lose It: Spiritual Gifts and the Church
Self-Help and God’s Design
Body-Building [The Church as the Body of Christ]
Rekindling the Gift [2 Tim. 1:3-14]
But I Don’t Have Any Gifts to Share!
Giftedness and Grace – Should I Ever Say No?
God’s Kaleidoscope of Gifts
Ministry of the Church – 1 Cor. 3:21-22; 4:1-2; 1 Peter 1:1-10; 1 Peter 2:1-10; Rom. 12:1-5; 2 Cor. 6:3-10; Rom. 9:20-26; 2 Cor. 5:16-19
Living Stones and Plan Old Rocks
We Have This Ministry
Is It What We Do, or Who We Become?
Treasures and Crackpots
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