November 5, 2017

Sermon Message by Rev. Dr. Parrish L. Bridges

"The Stewardship of Our Resources"

Message:  Stewardship Sunday


Call to Worship:

Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!

People: Lift us lift up our hearts to God.

Leader: With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?

People: He has showed you what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.


Bible Texts: NIV (New International Version)

Old Testament: Ecclesiastes 5: 10-11

10) Whoever loves money never has enough;

whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.

This too is meaningless.

11) As goods increase,

so do those who consume them.

And what benefit are they to the owners

except to feast their eyes on them?


Bible Texts: NIV (New International Version)

New Testament Scripture: 1 Timothy 6: 9-10, 17-19

False Teachers and the Love of Money

9) Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Final Charge to Timothy

17) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18) Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19) In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.


Worship Notes

Pastor Parrish Bridges

The Stewardship of Our Resources

November 5, 2017



1 Timothy 6:9-10 states, “But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For THE LOVE OF MONEY IS A ROOT OF ALL KINDS OF EVIL and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”


Ecclesiastes 5:10-11

“The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is vanity. When goods increase, those who eat them increase; and what gain has their owner but to see them with his eyes?”

Luke 12:15

“And He said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’”

Proverbs 23:5

“When your eyes light upon it, it [money/wealth] is gone…”

That’s the downside, but here’s the upside…


1 Timothy 6:17-19

“As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus STORING UP for themselves the treasure of A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.”

Five eternal funds that pay eternal dividends

in the Kingdom of God


1. ____________________________WORSHIP – 

THE ____________________________FUND.

Proverbs 3:9

“Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce.”

Matthew 6:21

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

2. ____________________________FELLOWSHIP – 

THE ____________________________FUND.

Romans 12:13: “Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.”

Hebrews 10:24: “And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds.”

3. ____________________________YOUR LIFE – 

THE ____________________________FUND.

Proverbs 10:16: “The wage of the righteous leads to life.”

Proverbs 23:23: “Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

4. MAKE A ____________________________IN OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES – 

THE ____________________________FUND.

Proverbs 11:24

“Some give freely, yet grow all the richer; others withhold what is due, and only suffer want.”

Proverbs 28:17

“Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing.”

Proverbs 19:17

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full.”

5. HELP  ____________________________THE GREAT COMMISSION – 

THE  ____________________________FUND.

Luke 16:9

 “Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.”

2 Corinthians 9:13

“Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others.”

2 Corinthians 8:9

“For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.”