Stewardship and Generosity

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Stewardship and Generosity

 

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As God’s people, we recognize that all of creation — the earth, Scripture, our time, relationships, talents, possessions — come out of God’s abundance and provision, and are a gift of which we are caretakers or stewards.  God calls us to be givers, of our generous abundance to time, talent, and treasure.  In our giving, we participate in God’s work in the world, and we participate in the transforming work God wants to do in each of us.

As stewards of creation, we are stewards of God’s grace every day.  Along with such generous gifts comes responsibility and a great number of questions, one of which asks, “What are the best ways to steward God’s resources?”  Thankfully, we find guidance in God’s word for why, when, where, and how we can live as stewards.

We invite you to help further the Mission of Knox and the gospel through your generous stewardship of time, talent, testimony, treasure, creation, and all of life.  The words of loving and giving on scripturally synonymous, and we can never place too much emphasis on love.  Be encouraged that what we do together to share this love is never wasted.

God has given us all the resources needed to accomplish His work.  He trusts our stewardship to reflect the love modeled in Christ.  Through the Holy Spirit, the things that matter most to God matter most to use.

Will you join us on this transformational journey?  Will you allow God to transform us from people “living to get” into people “living to give”?  May we journey together in stewardship — God’s resources deployed through God’s people to accomplish God’s mission for Knox.

Why We Give

To Share the Giving Love of a Living Savior

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35).

Giving and loving are never separate in the Bible. Nor are they separated in the life of a disciple of Christ. Behind every act of Christ is an act of giving. This consistent and giving love is a testimony to the reality of Christ’s resurrection and life-changing presence, and it continues to be the basis for our mission and ministry efforts everywhere.

To Grow in Our Understanding That We Are Stewards and Not Owners

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:17-18).

God is the source of everything we receive, and all our abilities, including our ability to produce wealth. As stewards of God’s abundance and grace, we become a channel through which others can share in this abundance. The act of giving breaks the toxic powers of greed and pride in our lives and more deeply connects us with God, the source of every good gift.

How We Give

Proportionately
Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you (Deuteronomy 16:17).

Our giving is a reflection of God’s abundance. Since all of life, everything, is a gift, it is very important that there is a clear connection between what we receive or earn and what we return to God. When we give in proportion to what we receive, we intuit a deep connection between our receiving and God’s giving, and the Holy Spirit is able to work deeply in our lives.

Cheerfully
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7, TNIV).

It was God’s good pleasure to create an abundant world. We give in gratitude and joyfully participate in being part of God’s plan. This is a command, but it is also an invitation. Our gracious, giving God invites us into the joy and adventure of participating in the distribution of his good gifts in our world. When the Apostle Paul writes, “Each of you should give what you have decided,” he means that our giving is a choice. We are not forced or coerced into sharing; so, our strong, consistent, and generous giving can bring enormous joy.  By giving, we participate in and reflect God’s own joy in giving.

Regularly
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income… (1 Corinthians 16:2).

God’s love for the world and its people is steadfast, and we demonstrate our faithful stewardship through steadfast and regular giving. Consistency in our commitments creates a healthy community and healthy ministry; life becomes fragile when we have fragile commitments. Faithful giving is another reflection of God’s character in us. It is doing God’s work as he himself does it—faithfully.

What We Give

Treasure
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Luke 12:34).

As Christians, we struggle with trusting in God’s ability to meet our every need, often substituting trust in God with our own efforts to provide for ourselves. Our fear of scarcity can create the very shortage it anticipates: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly” (2 Corinthians 9:6). In giving proportionately and sacrificially from the good we receive, we advance God’s kingdom in our world.

Time
Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).

Our willingness to serve God through our church, our community, and the world demonstrates good management of life’s gifts...our commitment of the hours and days we live. “Redeeming the time” (Ephesians 5:15- 16, KJV) by offering it to our Redeemer is another mark of a disciple. Sabbath keeping is also an important gift of time. When we live in a rhythm that includes Sabbath rest, it reinforces our dependence on God. When we receive a Sabbath rest, we are reminded that for God, time is not empty, but full. It is full of God’s presence and promise and providence.

Talents
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms (1 Peter 4:10).
The body of Christ functions fully only as its members exercise their God-given gifts in service. Our individual spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities are intended to complement those of other members of the body.

There are several ways to get involved in the mission and ministry of Knox.  Please review the current opportunities.  If you would like additional information or have a talent for which you do not see a match, please email Rev. Deb Roberts or call 630-615-4306.

Where We Give

To Our Church, the Mission of Knox
In the midst of a very severe trial, their over owing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability (2 Corinthians 8:2-3).

From the tabernacle Moses built in the wilderness to the house churches Paul nurtured in his journeys, God has urged his people to participate in a worshiping, local fellowship, and then to regular giving through that fellowship. God has given us all the resources we need to impact the world God has called us to reach—but only as we respond together is that reach strengthened and lengthened.

To Holy Spirit-Revealed Opportunities
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:10).

God gives each of us unique opportunities to demonstrate his love to others through our use of time, talents, testimonies, and treasures. This openness to human need is one of the highest forms of discipleship and is a gift from God. When we reach out to others, we are responding to the word as the hands and feet of Christ.

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