“COSMIC CATACHISMS” …

SAINTS

SEPARATED” (Greek – “hagios”) … FOR HIS USE

CALLED to “FOLLOW ME” … (Jesus Christ)

JESUS said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through ME – JOHN 14:6

MARTYRS (witnesses) ..

“I baptize you with water for REPENTANCE, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the HOLY SPIRIT and fire. – MATTHEW 3:11

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for GOD was WITH HIM – ACTS 10:38

BE HIS “DISCIPLES” (learners)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us – HEBREWS 12:1

SEPARATED to ETERNAL LIFE …

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – ACTS 1:8

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, I CORINTHIANS 6:19

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. – John 14:26

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – ROMANS 12:2

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 

And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the SPIRIT, because the SPIRIT intercedes for the SAINTS according to the WILL of GOD. – 

HIS SPIRIT … 

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. … – JOHN 16:12

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. – ROMANS 8:9

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. – JOHN 16:13

CALLED to “REPENT” … 

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – ACTS 2:38

a mental choice-change … NOT a feeling of guilt … remorse

CHANGE YOUR “DIRECTION” … TO WALK HIS WAY …

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. – ACTS 2:17-18 

SLAVES …

SLAVES … are “property” … have no “rights” … 

“we are NOT our own” … “bought with a price” …

we have little “intrinsic worth” … YET are “treasures in the field”

GREEK … “DOULOI” … “slaves” … NOT “deacons” … “servants” 

READ PAUL’s LETTER to the EPHESIANS …

SLAVES … “CHOSEN … BEFORE the WORLD’s WERE FORMED” …

WE ARE ALL “BOUGHT WITH a PRICE” – the BLOOD of JESUS

CHRISTIANS HAVE A “MASTER” … a “KING”

a “REDEEMER” (messiah – deliverer-er) HOW RESCUED US … towards REDEMPTION …

STEWARDS …

A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, and one day each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what the Master has given us.

Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.” – C.S. LEWIS – Mere Christianity

In the beginning of Genesis, God creates everything and puts Adam in the Garden to work it and to take care of it. It is clear that man was created to work and that work is the stewardship of all of the creation that God has given him.

This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.

Stewardship expresses our obedience regarding the administration of everything God has placed under our control, which is all encompassing. 

Stewardship is the commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service, recognizing that we do NOT have the right of CONTROL over our property or ourselves. 

Although God gives us “all things richly to enjoy,” nothing is ours. Nothing really belongs to us. God owns everything; we’re responsible for how we treat it and what we do with it.

We are called as God’s stewards to manage that which belongs to God. While God has graciously entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything he owns as his stewards, we are responsible to manage his holdings well and according to his desires and purposes.

This is the maxim taught by the Parable of the Talents. God has entrusted authority over the creation to us and we are not allowed to rule over it as we see fit. We are called to exercise our dominion under the watchful eye of the Creator managing his creation in accord with the principles he has established.

Like the servants in the Parable of the Talents, we will be called to give an account of how we have administered everything we have been given, including our time, money, abilities, information, wisdom, relationships, and authority.

We will all give account to the rightful owner as to how well we managed the things he has entrusted to us.

There are MANY BIBLICAL PARABLES REGARDING STEWARDSHIP …

“OIKONOMIA” … HOUSE STEWARDS …

“Utilizing and managing all resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation.” 

The central essence of biblical world view stewardship is managing everything God brings into the believer’s life in a manner that honors God 

EVERYTHING IS HIS … WE JUST “MANAGE” IT DOWN HERE …

The VINEYARD … 

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU …

GOD MAKES US “STEWARDS” of HIS WORLD …

GIVING is an ESSENTIAL PART of CHRISTIANITY …

TITHING (a “tenth”)

TITHING is a BIBLICAL “PRINCIPLE”

GOD OWNS 10% of EVERYTHING YOU HAVE … and “BLESSES” the REST (with another “tithe”)

MELCHIZEDECH – ABRAHAM …

FIRST FRUITS …

CAIN and ABEL … JERICHO (and Joshua)

GOD TALKS MORE ABOUT GIVING and STEWARDSHIP than the KINGDOM of HEAVEN …

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you TITHE mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” – LUKE 11:42 (ESV) 

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you TITHE mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” – Matthew 23:23 (ESV)

The PARABLE of the TALENTS 

“KOININEA”:

JOINT PARTIPATION … the Christian fellowship or body of believers. 2 : intimate spiritual communion and participative sharingin a common religious commitment and spiritual community

GALATIANS 6 … 

Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

WHAT YOU “SOW” is WHAT YOU “REAP” …

TREASURES in HEAVEN …

I CORINTHIANS 15 …

NOW FOR THE COLLECTION …

CAIN and ABEL HAD “ISSUES” over GIVING and SACRIFICE …

ABEL SACRIFICED and GAVE GOD’s WAY … CAIN DID NOT

WHAT is the FIRST THING NOAH DID 

MELCHEZIDECH …

MOSES COMING OFF the MOUNTAIN … OFFERING

WORSHIP = WORTH + SHIP 

JESUS GAVE HIS “ALL” – HIS LIFE to FAITHFULLY DO THE WILL of the FATHER …