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In the Apostle Paul’s advice to the Corinthian church, he notes that Christian giving is;
necessary for good order in the Church
an act of worship
one of the most difficult aspects of Christian living
Question 1 Explanation:
B – In I Corinthians 16:1-4, Paul presents a plan of giving that lays the foundation for all Christian stewardship suggesting that on the first day of the week an offering should be set aside for the work of the Church. We honor God in our worship when we give back a portion of what God has first blessed us with.
The Apostle Paul further advised that good stewards give;
regularly and proportionately
occasionally and conservatively
rarely but sacrificially
Question 2 Explanation:
A – I Corinthians 16:2: “On the first day of every week (regularly), each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income (proportionately).” God asks us to give out of what we have received; God does not demand that we give what we don’t have. If we make a plan for our Christian giving trusting that God will provide for all our needs, we will be able to give generously from God’s gifts to us.
The Bible tells us that “…God loves a cheerful giver.” This means;
we should be excited about our giving because God will provide earthly rewards.
God provides abundantly for all our needs and we should give joyfully and generously
we should always whistle when we put our envelope in the offering plate.
Question 3 Explanation:
B - 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 – God has promised to provide for all our needs. When we trust in God’s promises, we are able to give without worrying about whether or not we will have enough for ourselves.
According to the Apostle Paul, if the eagerness to give is there;
we should give everything we have and trust others to take care of us.
God will supply all our wants because we’re willing to give some of it away.
the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
Question 4 Explanation:
C – II Corinthians 8:12 – God wants us to give responsibly. While Paul encourages believers to give generously, he also reminds us that when others depend on us for their basic needs, we need to consider that in our giving plan.
Which aspect of giving is absolutely critical according to Paul?
Question 5 Explanation:
A - II Corinthians 9:7 - God knows the thoughts of our hearts. Our attitude toward giving back to God from what God has provided us with is more important than the amount given or the praise from others we might receive for those gifts. We are to give out of our love and gratitude for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
Offering our “first fruits” to God is;
a prerequisite for getting into heaven.
a law that must be fulfilled in order to earn God’s forgiveness.
a statement of faith and an act of thanksgiving.
Question 6 Explanation:
C – Deuteronomy 26:1-11 – As disciples of Christ, our offerings are a sign of our willingness to honor God, often through those things we hold most dear. We give, not because we have to or because we can earn our own salvation, but because of God’s unfathomable love for us, Christ died that we might live.
The annual stewardship program in congregations is designed to;
help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God.
get money to pay the church bills.
annoy those members who don’t believe the church should talk about money.
Question 7 Explanation:
A – Stewardship relates to every aspect of our lives as Christians. As we grow in our relationship with Christ, we learn that how we spend our time, talent and treasure affects not only ourselves but those around us. While many automatically think “money” when they hear the word “stewardship”, the concept involves much more than our pocketbook.
At the heart of all stewardship is;
the church budget.
the Wall Street Journal.
Question 8 Explanation:
B – The Bible does not shy away from talking about money; in fact, it frequently refers to the place money and possessions should have in our lives (for example, see Proverbs 3:9; Mark 10:17-27; Luke 21:1-4). When we think about offering our time, talents, or treasures to the work of God, a good question to ask ourselves is: “How is God calling me to respond to the blessings in my life?”
According to Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, giving is;
a cause for worry.
Question 9 Explanation:
A - II Corinthians 8:4 – God does not want us to give our gifts grudgingly or thoughtlessly. Instead, part of our motivation for giving should be our love for Christ and other believers and the joy of helping those in need.
A good congregational stewardship program emphasizes;
the need of the church to receive.
the need of the giver to give.
the need of Peter to pay Paul.
Question 10 Explanation:
B – When we emphasize the giver’s need to give rather than on paying the church bills, we help the giver deepen their relationship with Christ. Jesus becomes central to our decisions on the amount of time, what talents, and how much money we can offer for God’s service in our congregational setting.
How many times does the Bible reference money?
More than 140
Question 11 Explanation:
C – Money and material possessions constitute a major aspect of our lives and both the Old and New Testaments offer guidance to keep them in proper perspective. Jesus spoke of money and possession often (for example, Matthew 6:24; Mark 10:21). Our attitude toward money and possessions can have a powerful influence on our spiritual life.
Offering a tithe of our income
is a requirement of membership in the Lutheran Church.
is a traditional guideline for giving.
is an outdated practice with no meaningful purpose.
Question 12 Explanation:
B – Giving a tithe, or one tenth of our income, is Biblical. God tells Moses to instruct the people to give a tithe of what they have received to God (Deuteronomy 14:22-23). Malachi insists that the Israelites should bring a full tithe into the storehouse, then their blessings would overflow (Malachi 3:10). The Apostle Paul advises the Corinthians to give cheerfully, generously and proportionately (II Corinthians 8:1-12).
As a spiritual practice tithing
establishes financial priorities and encourages growth in generosity.
directs the heart to God’s work in the world.
All of the above
Question 13 Explanation:
C – Tithing is a spiritual practice that brings us into a closer relationship with Christ, and as it does so, redirects our thinking so that our priorities become God’s priorities. As we learn to see the abundance of our blessings and to trust in God for all our needs, we are able to give generously and joyfully in service to God.
Congregational members can support stewardship leadership by
forbidding the pastor to preach about money.
forbidding the pastor to be a part of the stewardship team.
listening for opportunities to talk about money in appropriate ways and being open to discussion of their personal financial stewardship.
Question 14 Explanation:
C – Despite cultural taboos and the reluctance of some in congregations to have the pastor preach about the role of money and possessions, it is very important for pastors to take a lead in stewardship ministry. A pastor’s unique theological training is vital to keeping a congregation on track in understanding stewardship as a spiritual practice. It is also important for lay people to model good stewardship by sharing their faith and experiences. Your joy in giving can be an inspiration for others.
A good motivational tool to use during your annual stewardship campaign is
the church budget.
a clear vision of the congregation’s mission.
a rousing hymn sing.
Question 15 Explanation:
B – “Where there is no vision, the people parish” (Proverbs 29:18a – KJV). Members get excited when they can see the impact their giving has on people’s lives in the community and the world. A clearly stated mission inspires because it helps connect the work of the congregation to the needs of God’s people. People want to make a difference in the world and a clear understanding of their congregation’s mission motivates them to use their time, talents and treasures to do so.
A hallmark of good stewardship, both congregationally and individually, is
A que sera sera (what will be will be) attitude
Question 16 Explanation:
A – According to Catherine Malotky, Philanthropic Adviser to Luther Seminary, our financial wellbeing is increasingly becoming shaped more by secular standards rather than spiritual values. She believes that if the Church can help people realize that they have enough to sustain themselves, thankful, generous givers could be the outcome.
Good stewardship education should be grounded in the knowledge that
we are entitled to a good life, filled with riches.
everything belongs to God.
God created the world and then transferred ownership to us.
Question 17 Explanation:
B - God has created and is owner of all that exists. We, as stewards, are privileged to be caretakers of God’s creation. John 1:16 tells us, “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” It is from God that all the good things in our life come. We have been entrusted with a great responsibility in caring for them as God would have us do.
Stewardship leaders emphasize developing at attitude of
Question 18 Explanation:
C – According to Pastor Charles Lane, Director for Stewardship Key Leaders, ELCA, that attitude is seen most clearly in our Lord, Jesus Christ. In him is an abundance of forgiveness, hope, and community. This abundance is the result of God’s generosity and goodness and trusting in it allows us to be generous stewards.
Congregations with an attitude of abundance
look inward, focusing on keeping the doors open.
look outward, focusing on doing Christ’s mission, trusting God to provide what is needed.
look downward, focusing on how much is in their wallet at the moment.
Question 19 Explanation:
B – Trusting in God rather than ourselves transforms out attitudes and allows us to overcome the fear that often inhibits mission. Hebrews 13:5 reminds us of God’s promise: “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Generous giving allows congregations to be the face and hands of Christ to a world in need.
According to Rev. Eugene Grimm in his book Generous People, “three commandments” of stewardship ministry are:
Keep it positive; keep it Biblical; stress the mission.
Keep it simple; keep it practical; stress the mission.
Keep it prayerful; keep it pietistic; stress the mission.
Question 20 Explanation:
A – As Rev. Grimm notes, people don’t give to a sinking ship. Crying wolf usually just results in needing to cry wolf again and again. And while budgets are necessary, people give to mission, not to budgets. Communicating that mission well is essential. (Generous People, Abingdon Press, 1992, p. 21-23)
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