Series Title: #Blessed
Series Objective: At the end of the series, the students will learn about God’s financial principles, and what it means to be blessed by God, that will result into good stewardship of His resources.
Week 1: Covenant – God calls us into a covenant of blessing
Week 2: Stewardship – God calls us to be faithful stewards
Week 3: Tithing – Giving is a matter of faith and life
Week 4: Generosity – Generosity starts from a heart willing to sacrifice
Week 1: Covenant
“Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.3I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.5And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan…”
Abraham was an accomplished man before God commanded him to go out of his country. By faith, Abraham left the comfortable life that he knew to obey God’s command. Because Abraham obeyed, God started a covenant of blessing with him. There are going to be times when we fail to believe God, and when we doubt if God will really keep His promise. The good news is that God did not just give a promise to Abraham, but he sealed it with a covenant (Genesis 15). That means that even if we fail o believe, God is still faithful to His promises.
What is the meaning of God’s covenant with Abraham?
1. God’s promise is based on what He says not on what we see
“Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 d I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great…” – Genesis 12:1-2
Before God called him, Abraham was already established and wealthy, obeying God’s call meant that Abraham had to leave all his wealth to go to an unfamiliar place. Even though Abraham did not know what will happen to him if he leaves his country, he trusted God’s Words.
This teaches us to stop basing our faith on what we see, but on what God says.
2. God blesses us for His purposes not just for our own pleasure
2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”– Genesis 12:2-3
God did not just bless Abraham alone because of his obedience; God wanted to use Abraham to bless mankind.
Sometimes we think the blessing of God is for our enjoyment. Yes we are to enjoy God’s blessing, but more than that, we are blessed to be a channel of blessing to other people.
3. God has promised us provision but faith is our participation
4So Abram went, – Genesis 12:4
When Abraham heard God, he obeyed by faith.
God is willing to bless us, but we have to take a step of faith to receive the blessing.
We live by faith not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7
8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. – Hebrew 11:8
It takes faith to follow where God tell us where to go.
Main point: God’s covenant assures us of His promise to bless us to be a blessing to others.
Week 2: Stewardship
So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD.
Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” We have learned from last week that God has made a covenant with Moses to bless him and his descendants. We also learned that we are also heirs of this covenant; God will bless us based on his covenant promise no matter what.
We also learned that God has blessed us for his purposes. Yes, his blessing are for us to enjoy, but our being blessed has a greater purpose. In order for us to understand the greater purpose of the blessings that God has poured out on us, we must first understand how it is to be good stewards of God’s blessings.
What does it mean to be a good steward of God’s blessing?
1. Good stewardship is obedience to God
The starting point of the greatness of Abraham was his obedience to the call of God on his life. He obeyed God before he knew where God was taking him, or what God would do to him once he got there.
Similarly, the way we manage our blessings should always be out of our obedience to God. We must always remember that we are owners of nothing; but we are stewards of everything that God gives us. Because of this, let us always position ourselves to be ready to listen to God’s instruction on how to appropriately steward our blessings.
2. Good stewardship is trusting God
When Abraham and Lot’s servants were quarrelling because the land of Negev was already becoming too small for their growing livestock, Abraham chose to not fight with Lot. Instead, he suggested that they part ways. Furthermore, Abraham gave Lot the upper hand to choose which part of Canaan would Lot want to go to, even if he knew that Lot might choose the better part of the land. Abraham trusted God in keeping with his obedience.
True enough, Lot went to seemingly greener pastures while Abraham set out to Canaan where God would bless him further.
There are going to be times in our life when we think that obeying God in regard to our possessions is not logical, but good stewardship is trusting that God has already met all our needs, and he will provide no matter what.
Since God has entrusted us with his blessings, we must then trust him to provide as we obey and believe that, “whoever could be trusted with little can also be trusted with much.”
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
Main point: Obediently trusting God for our provisions will make us good stewards of his blessings.