Blake Coffee and Tony Diamond taught on Sunday, August 10. The videos and listening guides from that lesson, followed by the scripture, are below.
Core Lesson (Tony Diamond)
All or Some
Deuteronomy 8:10-18; Matthew 25:14-30
I Tithe. I am a good steward.
Do you give all or a portion to Him?
How does it change things to go “all in”?
God gave me a little and I’ve made a lot from it.
Do you believe you made your own success?
What’s happened when you relied on yourself rather than looking to God for guidance?
Hold on to what you’ve got.
Do you ever to into “preservation mode”?
What happens when you loosen your hand and let God work with you to make something of it?
Venture Lesson (Blake Coffee)
Stewardship: A Spirit of Danger
Deuteronomy 8:10-18; Matthew 25:14-30
Real stewardship of all we have begins with an acknowledgment of whose it is in the first place. Not just a percentage of it; all of it.
How we use our time, talents, and resources is an absolute and perfect reflection of whom (or what) we worship as God.
Implicit in God’s entrusting us with His resources is the understanding that we will use them all for His purposes.
For the Christ follower, growth and risk and investment for God’s purposes are all the job description. They are not optional.
In matters of stewardship, God does not give us a spirit of fear. He gives us a spirit of danger and risk.
11 “[a]Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; 12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, 14 then your heart will become [b]proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of [c]slavery. 15 He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. 16 In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you [d]in the end.17 Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’ 18 But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
20 The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your [c]master.’ 22 “Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’
26 “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 Then you ought to have put my money [d]in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28 Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’
29 “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.