Scripture Reading: Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. —1 Corinthians 4:2
Summary: Doctrines and principles of financial stewardship are an integral part of the Old and New Testament. A child of God is to manage temporal things with integrity and honesty. Scripturally-based financial planning is important to enable the Christian to work, pay, give, and prepare for the future to live in accordance with God’s provision and care.
Definition: Stewardship—The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care (Merriam-Webster).
A. James 1:17 Every gift is from above.
B. 1 Corinthians 3:9 Laborers together with God (1 Corinthians 4:2).
C. Luke 16:10-11 Faithful with money.
D. Matthew 25:14-30 Parable of the Talents.
Good Work Ethic
A. Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business (Proverbs 10:4).
B. Proverbs 24:30-34 Field of the slothful.
C. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 Work and eat your own bread.
A. Acts 20:35 More blessed to give.
B. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 A cheerful giver.
C. Deuteronomy 16:17 Give as able.
Provide for Your Family
1 Timothy 5:8 Provide for your own house.
Honesty and Integrity
A. Proverbs 22:1 A good name.
B. Proverbs 22:16 Oppress not the poor.
C. Deuteronomy 25:13-15 A just weight.
Pay Bills and Laborers
A. Leviticus 19:13 Pay wages due
B. James 5:4 Defraud not.
A. Matthew 22:17-21 Render unto Caesar.
B. Romans 13:7 Pay tribute and custom.
A. Proverbs 22:7 Borrower is servant to the lender.
B. Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing.
C. Psalms 37:21 Wicked do not pay debts.
D. Proverbs 22:26-27 Do not cosign debt.
Plan and Budget
A. Luke 14:28-30 Count the cost.
B. Proverbs 27:23 Know the state of thy flocks.
Save and Invest
A. Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant.
B. Proverbs 21:20 The wise save.
C. Genesis 41:34-36 Joseph in Egypt.
D. Matthew 13:44-46 Buy and sell
E. Proverbs 13:22 Leave an inheritance.
A. Ecclesiastes 5:10 Riches do not satisfy.
B. 1 Timothy 6:17-18 Trust not in uncertain riches.
C. 1 Timothy 6:9-10 Love of money.
D. Luke 12:15 Beware of covetousness.
E. Matthew 13:22 Deceitfulness of riches.
F. 1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world.
G. Mark 8:36 What shall it profit?
Trust in God
A. Matthew 6:19-33 Serve God not money, for your Father knows what you need.
B. Philippians 4:11-13 Be content
C. Philippians 4:19 God shall supply.
D. 1 Peter 5:7 God cares for you.
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? — Luke 16:11