A GOOD STEWARD? LUKE 16:1-15
Why is Jesus always after our money?
“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Luke 16:13)
Be the master of your money, not its slave!
1) Freedom is not ownership, it’s stewardship
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Psalm 24:1)
“There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.” (Luke 16:1)
RICH MAN = ____
MANAGER = ____
“”So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ ” ‘Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred….The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. ‘” (Luke 16:5-6,8)
2) Freedom is using God’s money to build’s God’s kingdom
“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:9)
How do we win friends for heaven?
3) Freedom is managing small things faithfully.
“”Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?” (Luke 16:10-12)
Gift Day – the Next Step Challenge
Take the “next step” challenge and
Reorganise your finances Jesus way.
- If you have regular income, please give by standing order.
- If you are a taxpayer, please gift aid your giving – its tax magic!
- If you already give, please consider giving more.
- If you have no will, please consider leaving a gift to St James’ Church.
- If you shop online, give to us for free via Easyfundraising.com.
- For more information visit stjamesnewbarnet.com/give or speak to Chris Jones 020 84400444
Christian giving is:
they gave “as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.” (2Cor.8:3)
“each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.” (1Cor.16:2)
““Each …should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2Cor.9:7)
I want to know more:
- Got questions? Grill A Christian (free at back of church)
- To read: The Money Mentor – Ash Carter available from thegoodbook.co.uk
More information at: www.stjamesnewbarnet.com/give
Regular or One-Off Giving
The most effective way to give regularly is by setting up a standing order with your bank. This enables you to choose the amount you give, and the time and frequency with which you give it (for example, weekly or monthly, on pay-day etc.). You can also use your bank account to make a one-off gift..
To set up a standing order use this information:
Account Name: St James PCC Covenant Account. Account no: 00027936,
Sort Code: 20-95-61. Bank Address: Barclays Bank, 1250 High Road, Whetstone, London, N20 0PB.
Please use your initial and your surname as a reference so we can identify your gift. If your gift is for gift day, please add GIFTDAY to the reference.
Please make them payable to St James Church PCC.
We understand that some people prefer to give physically, rather than electronically. To aid you in this, we have two collection bowls available on a Sunday morning, situated at the entrance to the two main aisles in church. We also pass a collection bowl round during our services. If you are a visitor please don’t feel under any obligation to give – this is for church members.
If you are a taxpayer, to enable us to claim an additional 25p for every £1 you give, please use the giving envelopes provided beside the bowls.
To get a free will in November, visit www.willaid.org.uk. For information on how to leave a legacy to St James visit www.stjamesnewbarnet.com/give