Stewardship (Luke 12:42-48)

Luke 12:42-48
Discussion Questions:
  • When you hear the word “stewardship,” what comes to mind?
  • What is your definition of stewardship?
  • The sermon defined Biblical stewardship as recognizing that God’s resources are to be deployed through God’s people to accomplish God’s mission. Spend some time reflecting on how this definition either concurs or conflicts with your understanding of stewardship. What truths is it communicating?
  • What does the Bible say is the source of spiritual gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 and Ephesians 4:8).
    • What can we assume about these gifts since they come from the Spirit?
  • A list of spiritual gifts are found in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11-12; and 1 Peter 4:10-11. Read the above passages individually and then together. Write down a couple of gifts that you feel like God has blessed you with?
    • Which gifts do you have questions about or have difficulty understanding?
    • What are some ministries in which you can begin exercising these gifts?
  • In Mark 5:1-20, Jesus met a man who was demon possessed and living in tombs. Jesus healed the man and gave him new life. Read verse 19 together. What did Jesus tell this man to do?
    • How does Jesus’ refusal to let the man go with him indicate to us Jesus’ desire for our lives?
    • What impact do you think the change in this man’s life had on his family and friends (see verses 2-5, 15, and 20)?
  • Jesus’ life was short. It lasted just thirty-three years and his ministry consisted of only three years. How can we better live our life understanding that time is short?
  • Many people only think about stewardship in terms of giving. As we have discussed stewardship is much more than giving. However, stewardship does also extend to our finances. What does Philippians 4:11-13 and Hebrews 13:5-6 teach us is the source of a Christian’s contentment?
  • Read Proverbs 22:7 together. How does this apply and impact your life? What are some things you need to do differently in order to be able to honor God with your finances better?

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