Saturday, May 14, 2016

Faithful Stewards


1 Corinthians 4:2  Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

1 Peter 1
1 ¶  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2  elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
3 ¶  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4  to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
5  who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 ¶  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,

1 Peter 4
7 ¶  But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
8  And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."
9  Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
10  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11  If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

We have received the great gift of salvation by God’s grace through our faith. We have been born again to a living hope that we might receive an inheritance which is incorruptible and undefiled which does not fade away reserved and preserved for us in heaven.

At the present we may be grieved by various trials but we cannot allow those things to overshadow the responsibilities we have as stewards of the manifold grace of God. We must be:
·        Serious in our prayers
·        Fervent in our love
·        Hospitable without grumbling
·        Not giving our own opinion
·        Serving by what God supplies

Both the Apostle Paul and the Apostle Peter encouraged Born Again Believers to be faithful stewards of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The primary work of a steward of the Gospel is threefold.

Faithful Stewards of the Manifold Grace of God
1.   Preserve the Word
Protect and Guard the Word (from perversion Galatians 1)

2.   Multiply the Word
    Increase the Word in your own life, family and community (Luke 12 & Luke 19)

3.   Send the Word to Others
This is the sacred responsibility given to us by Christ which we know as the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)

My dear brothers and sisters let us be:
·        Serious in our prayers
·        Fervent in love
·        Hospitable without grumbling
·        Not given to our own opinions

·        Serving only by the grace of God’s