At First United Methodist Church Pearland we believe that the only way to understand stewardship is to view it through the lens of the gospel.
Paul speaks about the effect the gospel should have on the way we understand wealth: “for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2Corinthians 8:9
Seeing Christ’s sacrificial love for us, that he gave up everything so that we could inherit the riches of heaven, helps us develop a healthy attitude toward our material possessions and become people who are generous and joy-filled.
The riches we have already received in Christ not only liberates us from excessive concern over our own wealth, talents and time, but motivates us to invest them wisely in the eternal kingdom of God.
A steward is
A steward is a manager of another’s assets. A steward manages those assets according to the owner’s vision and values.
If we recognize that “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1), we know that the assets we manage for the Lord are not truly ours. The gospel calls us to recognize these gifts, including financial, are gifts to be used for His glory and to further his kingdom.
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Questions to Consider
What is the basis for the tithe?
In the Old Testament, believers were required to give a tenth of their income to the support of the ministry and the needs of the poor. The New Testament teaches that we should give as we are “able and even beyond [our] ability” (2 Corinthians 8:3). Therefore, the tithe (10%) is seen as a kind of minimum guideline for giving. It is affirmed in Luke 11:42 "Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.”
Should I give all of my tithe and offering to First United Methodist Church?
The answer to this is a qualified no. Your gift is an act of personal worship to God in response to his grace in your life and the gift of his Son. The allocation of your money and time to God’s service should be a byproduct of prayer and of consultation with other Christians to whom you are accountable. However, if you consider FUMC Pearland your “home church,” you should consider allocating a significant portion of your tithe and offering to the community where you invest most of your time and where others are investing in you.
Isn’t there more to generosity and stewardship than money?
We certainly must be good stewards of all that God has given us: money, time, skills, influence and position. Therefore, generosity and stewardship are about much more, but not less, than our financial resources. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Our heart’s inclination is to worship anything other than God. In a city like Pearland, money can become an idol. Therefore, giving it away generously to God’s service can liberate us from our idolatry and fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).
How does FUMC Pearland meet our vision?
From the beginning, FUMC’s vision has been to build not just a good church but also, through the ministries of the church, expand God’s Kingdom. We work to Connect All to a Greater Life in Christ; Where God’s Love is Known and Shared.
In a large church with as many ministries as FUMC has, it is easy to think that your individual contributions do not make a difference to the work that is being done. However, more than 90% of FUMC’s operating budget comes from the weekly giving of our members and regular attenders. Your giving counts and is greatly appreciated!