What Must I Do To Get Eternal Life?
(Stewardship And The Kingdom Of God)
27/28 JUNE 2020 | Prayer & Praise Services
Rev Adrian Ng, Pastor
Scripture Passage: Matthew 19:16-26 (NIV)
WATCH | SERMON (Video)
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Summary | Stewardship is living a committed life of trusting and following Jesus as the only way into the Kingdom of God.
Together with all Methodist Churches in Singapore, we remember Stewardship Weekend this week, as we prepare for Pledge Weekend on 4/5 July. Biblical giving is an act of worship (2 Cor 9:7) and having a good understanding of the challenges of stewardship and the Kingdom of God will help prepare us to fulfil our commitment to the church as disciples of Jesus.
3 CHALLENGES OF STEWARDSHIP AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD
1. Doing good does not qualify us for the Kingdom of God.
It is very common for one to expect rewards for doing good. Jesus’s encounter with the young man Matt 19 affirmed that good works alone can never qualify us for God’s Kingdom but the only way to do so is to be perfect.
2. It is not about money or possessions but about our life.
God is not after our money nor is against anyone being rich. But the challenges of stewardship affect everyone regardless of social status as He demands our entire life to be committed to Him.
3. It is about Single-Kingdom lifestyle.
The young man was straddling a dual-kingdom lifestyle by trying his best to fit God’s Kingdom into the kingdom of his world. Jesus said that is not the way into the Kingdom of God.
3 PRINCIPLES OF STEWARDSHIP
1. Stewardship begins with the recognition that God is the owner of all things. We are blessed because of God’s grace that allows His blessings upon us in the first place. All we have comes from Him.
2. Stewardship is about total commitment of our lives to Single-Kingdom living. Our resources given to us by God are for the purpose of Single Kingdom living. We cannot serve 2 masters of God and money (Matt 6:24).
3. Stewardship is about committing to trusting and following Christ. When we try to do stewardship on our own, it will be challenging. However, God has never designed stewardship to be done individually, but in partnership with Him. That is why Jesus said in verse 24 with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible. Just like how it is impossible for us to attain salvation on our own, we become accepted and perfected through Christ. This strong trusting relationship with God shown through Jesus is an example of what it means to live totally committed to the Father. We need to trust our Abba father enough to release control our own lives knowing that whatever plans and purposes he Has for us will be better than our own.
(Sermon Notes by Frances Lim)
PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
1. What does stewardship mean to you?
2. Of the three challenges of stewardship mentioned in the sermon, which challenge/s do you struggle with? Why?
3. The preacher shared 3 principles of stewardship. Which stewardship principle/s resonates with you? How will this principle/s help you overcome your challenges regarding stewardship?
4. Who do you think are the modern day “Rich Young Rulers”?
5. What does “Single-Kingdom living” look like for someone like me?
6. What is the one promise or takeaway that I will act on?