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Revolutionary Generosity Lifestyle

David implies, I trust You God! when he says, “…I’m leaping and singing in the circle of your love; you saw my pain, you disarmed my tormentors, You didn’t leave me in their clutches but gave me room to breathe” (MSB Psalm 31:6-8).

Smothered by life’s challenges? Breathe!
Tough Finances? Breathe!
Health Issues? Breathe!
Family Challenges, Breathe!
Abused? Breathe
Stressed by Current Local and World Events? Breathe!
In Earth’s Final Prophetic Hour? Breathe!

Like David says, God gives us room to breathe when things get tough; when we are challenged. We see stewardship ministries in South Central as an opportunity by God’s grace to breathe fresh positive life into your experience. The Breathe Conference focuses on a wholistic Revolutionary Generosity Lifestyle.

Revolutionary Generosity is an act of Worship, worship means giving our all lovingly to the One who lovingly gave His all for us, and still gives His all to us. It is relevant to these last days and prophecy. Rev. 14:6-7, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

Imagine a Revolt, a Revolution, a complete revolution of “Generosity” in the constituents of South Central Conference, let our minds be drenched with this thought until it becomes a reality. Generosity Stewardship is an act of Worship.

“And now behold, I have brought the first fruits of the land, which thou, O Lord, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the Lord thy God, and worship before the Lord thy God: And thou shall rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.” Deut. 26:10, 11. II Cor. 8:7-9; II Cor. 9:12-13. “… God imparts His gifts to us that we also may give, and thus make known His character to the world. Under the Jewish economy, gifts and offerings formed an essential part of God’s worship. The Israelites were taught to devote a tithe of all their income to the service of the sanctuary. Besides this they were to bring sin offerings, free-will gifts, and offerings of gratitude. These were the means for supporting the ministry of the gospel for that time. God expects no less from us than He expected from His people anciently. The great work for the salvation of souls must be carried forward. In the tithe, with gifts and offerings, He has made provisions for this work” (COL 300). Returning tithe and giving offerings is part of worship, a joyful expression of praise, love, and gratitude.

Giving our all to Him (Worship) can be categorized into seven (7) basic Stewardship lifestyle philosophies that we call the T7 Concept or T7 = Time, Temple, Talent, Treasure, Trust, Theology, and Testimony. These are shared in our messages, workshops and seminars; the results: 1) magnify the devotional life, 2) achieve debt free living, 3) make good wellness lifestyle choices, 4) energize faithful tithing, 5) maximize spiritual gifting potential, 6) stimulate cheerful offering giving, and 7) stimulate generous living and many other lessons which will be shared in our messages, workshops and seminars (email contact [left]: click on envelope icon lower right of our pictures). Giving it all to Jesus is worship. And worship is a lifestyle. This revolution is for life. This spirit of Generosity correctly exemplifies the principles of biblical Stewardship.

Stewardship is a central Biblical teaching. The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes it as one of its fundamental beliefs: “We are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources. We are responsible to Him for their proper use. We acknowledge God’s ownership by faithful service to Him and our fellow human beings, and by returning tithe and giving offerings for the proclamation of His gospel and the support and growth of His church. Stewardship is a privilege given to us by God for nurture in love and the victory over selfishness and covetousness. Stewards rejoice in the blessings that come to others as a result of their faithfulness. (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:15; 1 Chron. 29:14; Haggai 1:3-11; Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 23:23; Rom. 15:26, 27; 1 Cor. 9:9-14; 2 Cor. 8:1-15; 9:7.)”

Charles E. Bradford…

…points out that stewardship links central Biblical themes. He shares: “It [stewardship] embraces and connects many of the great doctrines [teachings, principles] of the church and becomes an organizing principle of understanding Scripture. The…[biblical teachings of] creation, humanity, redemption and restoration; the…[principle of the] Sabbath…and the church are inextricably bound up with the idea of stewardship. Stewardship also becomes the root of mission, the basis of sharing the gospel with the world.”

Stewardship is a key Biblical theme. It focuses on all aspects of our lives and our relationship to God. It is an essential element of faith. Time (with God, family, friends & for life), temple (the body: physical, mental, spritual), talent (gifts & talents, spiritual and vocational), treasure (tithe, offering, financial management, and debt relief), trust (in divine strength), theology (biblical foundation-teaching), and testimony (stories of His blessings) are given to human beings to test their loyalty to the Creator. There is a spiritual and practical component to each of these.

It is our desire, to continue the legacy of promoting the Gospel of wholistic Stewardship emphasizing enhancements in integrating of the gospel into the Christian lifestyle, to encourage faithful stewardship, and to facilitate the individual, corporate, and leadership dimensions of stewardship as a partnership with God. We plan to produce materials that will help pastors and their local stewardship departments lead their members in a more integrated Christian walk. We will utilize the term “Revolutionary Generosity” as our basic theme for the Stewardship Department of South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Our focus is in expanding the biblical philosophy of life and ministry with careful attention to faithful stewardship, training personnel on each ministry level in spiritual formation (discipleship) and stewardship education, developing resources to strengthen the wholistic approach to stewardship by refining and enhancing the stewardship curriculum.

A generous steward is a manager. Therefore, in the realm of spirituality, we manage God’s goods. God has given us dominion over His possessions. So we must remain in a close relationship with Him for His guidance. This truth of faithful management of His stuff in every aspect of life, our Time, Temple, Talent, Treasure, Trust, Theology, and Testimony is still alive and well today.

Let’s move to the next level in our Love relationship with God and our fellow man. Stewardship is about relationships; it is a matter of the heart, yea, a matter of the soul.

Finally, let’s become radical for Jesus and Revolt from past selfish practices, and start a Revolution, a complete Revolution of “Generosity as a Lifestyle!Let’s Breathe!

Frequently Asked Questions

Stewardship
What is stewardship?
How is the focus of stewardship changing and why?
What is meant by the lordship?
What are the key ingredients for effective stewardship in an individual’s life?
Should money continue to be part of stewardship ministry?
What are the crucial areas for a successful stewardship ministry?

Tithe
What is tithe?
Why should I tithe?
What is the primary purpose for tithe?
How should I tithe?
How is tithe used?
Should I tithe on the “net” or the “gross”?
Should I tithe on welfare income?
Should I tithe on my income before or after deducting such things as Social Security or retirement contributions?
Should I tithe on my Social Security income?

Offerings
What are offerings?
How should I give offerings?

Storehouse
What does the term “storehouse” mean?
Where did the term “Storehouse” originate?
How does the “Storehouse” function in the Seventh-day Adventist Church?

Links
These are sites which we recommend for more information on stewardship trends.

General Conference of SDA
North American Division Stewardship
Barna Research Group
Crown Financial Ministries
CSA-Christian Stewardship Association
Discipleship Journal
Empty Tomb, Inc.
ESC-Ecumenical Stewardship Center
Injoy.com
Gifts of Heaven

Special Resource Documents

The following documents are available in PDF format.

Statement on Personal Commitment: Financial Integrity & Transparency
General Conference Stewardship
Silver Springs, MD 2004
This “Statement on Personal Commitment: Financial Integrity and Transparency” was written and approved by the General Conference Committee for church leaders. It affirms that the leader accepts his/her role as a model to other members, and recognizes one’s accountability to God and to the Church. This document may be signed and kept by a leader as a personal reminder of this commitment.

Money: Thoughts for God’s Steward
By Andrew Murray
Rewritten by Fylvia Fowler Kline

Stewardship Roots – Tithing in the Old Testament
Angel Manuel Rodríguez
Biblical Research Institute
Silver Spring, MD
Toward a Theology of Stewardship, Tithe and Offerings – study on tithing in the Bible indicated that the practice and theology of tithing finds its origin in the Old Testament.

Tithing in the New Testament
Angel Manuel Rodríguez
Biblical Research Institute
Silver Spring, MD
Our previous study on tithing in the Bible indicated that the practice and theology of tithing finds its origin in the Old Testament. This raises some questions concerning the relevance of this law for the Christian church. To what extent is this transfer valid and defensible? If defensible, how much of this legislation should be incorporated into the church and on what grounds is this to be done? Is there any evidence to the effect that Christians supported the gospel ministry through their tithes? We must face and deal with these questions in order to reveal the biblical basis for the practice of tithing in the Christian church. In this subject one can immediately detect elements of continuity and discontinuity between the two Testaments that should be taken seriously by anyone seeking to understand this important topic.

Tithing in the Writings of Ellen White
Angel Manuel Rodríguez
Biblical Research Institute
Silver Spring, MD
This paper will explore the concept, practice and theological foundation for tithing in the writings of Ellen G. White. Historical details will enter the discussion when necessary, but the primary focus will be at the conceptual and pragmatic levels. Her writings reveal growth in her understanding of the subject of tithe, but hardly any significant change in her views.1 We do not find an explicit theology of tithing, developed in a systematic form, but rather concepts that she associates with it and that provide for us a window to explore the theological aspects that informed her views and the counsel she gave to the church. It is obvious that the biblical materials dealing with the importance and use of tithe have been the primary influence on her understanding of tithing.

In Search of the Storehouse
by G. Edward Reid
In almost every discussion of Tithing the question of where the tithe should be sent comes up. The following paper prepared be G. Edward Reid looks at the Storehouse question from several points of view to come to a concise answer for today’s Christian steward. Considered are, the Seventh-day Adventist Church policy, the Scriptural perspective, Counsel from the Spirit of Prophecy, The Second Tithe, What to do with Back Tithe, Why the church was organized, What about other “Ministries,” What if there are problems in the Ministry? Ellen White’s example, The Duty of the Conference, and The Eschatological significance of Tithing.

In everything—your thoughts, your Bible study, your life—it is of the greatest consequence to find out what the mind of Christ is. It is important to think as Jesus thought, to feel just as Jesus felt. In the words of Jesus there is guidance and help. In the words of Jesus there is the answer to all of life’s problems—stress, health, relationships,
time, and even money. To know the mind of Jesus is to know what Jesus has to say about issues that are important to you.

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