Ownership as Stewardship

Sermon Text:  Acts 4:32-37 & Luke 16:1-9

This is the time of year when lots of organizations, including churches, are raising money. So you might expect this sermon to be an effort at fund-raising for Lakewood Presbyterian, you know, the “Sermon on the Amount.” 

Ben Franklin went to hear the famous Methodist evangelist George Whitefield preach a sermon about the need for funds for an orphanage in Georgia. Franklin thought the plan for the orphanage impractical and refused to contribute. Here’s what happened next in Franklin’s own words: “I happened soon after to attend one of his sermons, in which I perceived he intended to finish with a collection, and I silently resolved he should get nothing from me. I had in my pocket a handful of copper money, three or four silver dollars and five pistoles in gold. As he proceeded I began to soften, and concluded to give the coppers. Another stroke of his oratory made me ashamed of that, and determined me to give the silver; and he finished so admirably that I emptied my pocket wholly into the collector’s dish, gold and all.”

I wish I had Rev. Whitefield’s ability to get people to pony up, but that’s not what this sermon series is about. What I want to do instead is look at the spiritual side of stewardship, that is, its truly Christian basis and source and quality. What is genuine stewardship and why is it important for those who want to follow Jesus?...Read full sermon here (PDF)