we’ve just started a series on stewardship titled as seen above. i’ve never spent a whole month on stewardship before, but i’m excited about how it’s coming together. whenever i create a lesson for our small groups, i always try to incorporate a leader devotional at the start that speaks straight to the leader, challenging them to start thinking/pondering/ruminating on whatever topic we’re about to tackle. i thought you might enjoy the one that goes with this month’s lesson and have included it after the jump, as well as a PDF of next Wednesday’s lesson, which incorporates a brand new curriculum design i just finished and am pretty amped about…
“We live in a society of things. And more things. Messages all around us tell us that “more” is better, stronger, and generally more desirable. A friend of mine once put it this way…
“We live in country that is blessed materially. Unfortunately that works against us. We want things, we desire things, we want more. Sometimes we are not content with where we are in life, or who we are. Paul believed that knowing Christ as his Savior was sufficient and that it didn’t matter whether he had a lot or a little. Christ was all he needed.“
This month we want to spend some time with our students talking about giving and stewardship. A lot of times when we think of giving, we think only of money. A Biblical theology of stewardship, however, extends to the entirety of our lives. Our time, possessions, passions, money…even our relationships are all subject to God first. In a society that places all things subject to self first, this ruler from another world that we have to give first allegiance to is intimidating and challenging.
I’m excited to have the opportunity to dialogue with our students about these topics over the next month. Take a few minutes before you dive into preparing for this lesson to read the following verses and to journal, think/process, or discuss with a friend what stewardship & the thoughts found above make you think about.
Psalm 24:1-2 * Colossians 1:16-17
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