- Am I really concerned for the welfare of the Lord’s servants?
- Do I regard my Christian stewardship, particularly although not exclusively of money, as a partnership or do I see it only as an investment with no return, a one-way-relationship (I give, they get)?
- Do I really believe that God will supply what I need if I give sacrificially?
- Do I see that generous giving is not the same thing as sacrificial giving (I can give generously, yet not sacrificially)?
- Do I really want to live and give, pray and share with others in such a way that glory will be seen to come to our God and Father by the way his people (i) love each other, (ii) support each other’s ministries, and (iii) depend on the Lord’s provisions so that it becomes clear that the power and glory are his and not ours?
These questions came from Ferguson’s book (shown above) from Philippians 4:14-20, which reads,
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 1Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.