How to Prepare a Sermon: Part 4, “Read the Commentaries”

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Hi All,books

We are working on our ten-part series on How to Prepare a Sermon.  We’ve already given you all ten steps of sermon preparation, and part 1, Praying about your Sermon; Part 2, Textual vs. Topical; Part 3, Study the Passage. Today, we will talk about using commentaries and other references well.

In part 3, Study the Passage, I warned all budding preachers not to run to the commentaries first. You must study the passage on your own, and let God speak to you first. I outlined a number of different exercises which you can do to study the passage. Now, once you have completed those studies on your own, you may certainly feel free to open up the commentaries and learn from those who have gone before.

What can Biblical commentaries give you that you can’t get on your own?

  • Historical Information – to see where this passage fits in the flow of Biblical and world history
  • Cultural Background – to understand the passage more thoroughly
  • Original Language Insights – even if you already know Hebrew and Greek, the insights of a language scholar can be very helpful
  • Linguistic & Grammatical Nuances – you may know the Hebrew or Greek word, but a good scholar can help you understand the unique nuances of the usage of said words in this particular passage
  • Related Texts – where else in Scripture this passage or theme is addressed

How can you use this information in your sermon?

The big mistake is to turn an inspirational sermon into a college lecture. That is not the purpose of the information you gain from the commentary. This “hard data” which you learn in commentaries is likened to the bones of a body. Bones give a body structure; no bones, and you have a jelly fish. Yet bones are often covered in soft flesh. So too, the information you gain from commentaries is there to give structure, strength, and content to your message. It is there to support your Big Idea or Proposition, and your Main Points. It is supporting material to the message which God has already given you as you executed Part Three of Sermon Preparation: Study the Passage.

What else can be used to study the Bible?

There are lots of great tools out there besides Biblical commentaries. Here’s a few:

  • International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
  • Greek & Hebrew Interlinears – provides English translation above the Greek and Hebrew words for each passage
  • Dictionary of NT Theology
  • The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim

Check out the reference section of a Christian bookstore for lots more.

So get a few commentaries and references and make good use of them; not as a crutch, but as a supplement to your own work and and study.

If you would like to keep your sermons organized, be sure to check out our “SermonBase Message Planning Software“.

God’s best to you as your preach God’s Word!

Dr. Bill Miller

SermonBase.com

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Sent to Make Difference

By Gladys Perez-NejudneComments Off on Sent to Make Difference

by Piotr Krakowczyk
 
 
Sent to make difference – reflection on Mark 6:7-13
 
Let me retell the story titled “Is your Jar Full?” by Alfred Rosa and Paul Eschholz.
 
An expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students. It was nothing unusual till he took out a one-gallon mason jar and began to fill it with stones. When the jar was filled, he asked: “Is this jar full?”
 
Everybody answered: “Yes.”
 
The expert replied, “Really?” He reached out for a bucket filled with gravel and loaded the jar with it. Then he asked, again: “Is this jar full?”  By this time, the students got the point: “Probably not,” they said.
 
“Good,” he said. He picked up the plastic filled with sand and threw it into the jar. It filled the space between the rocks and the gravel. Then he asked again: “Is this jar full?” All the students answered: “No.”
 
“Good,” he said. Then he took a pitcher of water and poured it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then, he asked: “What is the point of this illustration?”
 
“No matter how full your schedule is, you can always fit some more things in it,” one student responded.
“No,” the expert answered. “That’s not the point.”
 
Words and actions have an impact on us. Jesus used them to touch and transform people’s broken lives. The disciples of Jesus were given a share in Jesus’ authority and were sent to make difference in the world. They performed well: “They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them” (Mark 6:13). Two thousand years have gone by and we are left with the same mission: to make difference in the lives of others through our words and actions.
 
Words
 
Someone said that our words are never neutral. They can work either for good or bad. They can either encourage or put us down; they can either subjugate or set us free. Take these commonly use phrases in many of our conversations: “You are good for nothing;” “I am so stupid;” “S/he is awful.” You never find such words on the lips of Jesus. To the prostitute, he said: “I don’t condemn you. Go now and live your life without sin” (John 8:11); to the tax collector, he said: “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today” (Luke 19:5). We have associated the preaching of repentance with strong rebuke and judgment. It can be a part of the process towards change in life. The preaching of repentance, however, is about helping people to realize that they look at life from wrong perspective. Jesus effected change in Samaritan woman by conversing with her about her situation. He began it with a simple request: “Will you give me a drink?” (John 4:7). And he ended it up with the revelation of his identity: “I who speak to you am he (Messiah)” (John 4:26). There are many other Jesus’ life-changing words recorded in the Bible, for example: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12); “Don’t be afraid, just believe” (Mark 5:36); “You shall do even greater things than these” (John 14:12); “If anyone has faith like a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20); “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you” (Matthew 7:7). All of them have just but one purpose: to effect change in one’s life.
 
Jim is the youngest in his family. He is a political science graduate from one among the top universities in the world. Happily married, and successful in his career, he is not aware that twenty eight years ago his life was being decided in one of those unnoticed conversations by a cup of coffee between his mother and her friend.
 
– I don’t know what to do. We are so financially stretched. This pregnancy is the last thing we need right now. How can we afford another child?
– Look! You have only two wonderful children and you are doing great. It will stay that way. Nothing will change.
– Everything will change! Where shall we find the means to support such a big family? John is already complaining that we need a new car.
– What if this child is destined for something? What if he or she will bring you blessing and perhaps fame and financial support in your old age? Did you think about it?
– No. I worry about now.
– Don’t you think that God can provide for you? Why not put faith in God and see this child as a blessing for you?
– Maybe. I still need to tell John about it. He might get mad.
– I don’t think so. I am sure, he will be happy.
 
Our words are never neutral. They effect change in life either for good or bad. In the case of Christians, however, the words we use should build up, encourage, strengthen, give direction and meaning. Do you know that one word or sentence can make you famous for generations to come? I am sure you are familiar with this phrase: “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Matthew 8:8)? It was said by a Roman centurion, stationed in Capernaum during Jesus’ time. These words will always exemplify the faith we should have in Jesus. Never underestimate the power of your words.
 
Actions
 
If our words have such great impact on us and others, our actions are even more powerful. They can either harm or heal; they can either destroy or create. Jesus’ actions were always for good, recreating the broken lives of people. Yet, the striking factor of his actions was simplicity. Aside from preaching and praying, the actions that affected people the most were simple acts of care and concern: listening to people’s problems and stories of life; embracing, touching, eating and having fun with others, giving advices and explaining the riddles of life. “The woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth” (Mark 5:33); “And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them”  (Mark 10:16); “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man” (Mark 1:41); “While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and ‘sinner’ were eating with him and his disciples” (Mark 2:15); “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born from above” (John 3:3). These are simple actions, and yet they meant a lot for those who experienced them.
 
She came to the Philippines for study. The program was interesting and her classmates were friendly. One day after the class, she felt dizzy. Reaching the boarding house, she laid down on the bed, trying to rest. By evening the fever ran up to 39°C. Her roommate called for help. Many people came, deliberating whether to bring her to the hospital or not. The question was: who was going to pay the expenses? Then her classmate, a Filipina, sat by her, took out a small container and began massaging her body with oil. Another classmate of her, a Chinese, brought a small capsule of herbal medicine, and still another one, from Tonga, prepared an orange juice. In two hours, the fever was down to 38°C, and in three days, she was back in the classroom.
 
Our actions effect change. Jesus does not expect us to do things that are beyond our abilities. Yet, He loves to see us listening to people’s problems and stories of life, embracing, touching, eating and having fun with others, giving advices and explaining the riddles of life. Are you aware that one action can make you unforgettable for generations? The Gospel of Mark relates a story of Jesus being anointed in Bethany by an unknown woman. Many were scandalized by her action and the waste of the expensive perfume, made of pure nard. Jesus, however, gave her a promise: “I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her” (Mark 14:9). Don’t underestimate the influence of your actions.
 
Conclusion
 
“No,” the expert answered. “It is not the point. The truth that this illustration teaches us is: if you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all. What are the “big rocks” in your life – time with your loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these “big rocks” in first or you’ll never get them in at all.”
 
Preaching repentance, expelling demons, and healing the sick are all about making difference in the world. Our words are never neutral; our actions impact others. They outlive us in those who were influenced by what we said and did. Let us leave behind the traces of goodness, care and compassion that will affect others for life.

Preaching

Praying or Preaching?

By Gladys Perez-NejudneComments Off on Praying or Preaching?

by John Puckett
 
 
How does God convince sinners that they need a Saviour?
 
God makes Himself known through the preaching of His Gospel.
 
The apostle Paul asked some relevant questions: “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14
 
Must preaching the Word of God take priority?
 
God has many channels by which He communicates the Gospel to needy people. The spoken Word is His primary method.
 
Preaching can be short and simple and preaching can be lengthy and complex.
 
Paul summarises the Gospel in eight words: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” 1 Timothy 1:15
 
That is the core message of the Bible. Preaching that message is vital for the human race. Every one of us needs God to make us into new people by the Holy Spirit working in us through the Lord Jesus Christ. To hear “the Word preached”  is essential. Hebrews 4:2.
 
Where does praying come in?
 
Is prayer less important than preaching? Is it equally important with preaching?
 
Neither. It is much more important than preaching. Much more.
 
In the early church, the preaching of the Gospel had an amazing effect on its hearers. God saved thousands through the apostles’ preaching.
 
What preceded that powerful preaching recorded in the early chapters of Acts?
 
Prayer. Prayer. And more prayer.
 
When a practical matter threatened to claim their attention, the apostles insisted that they must give themselves, “Continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.” Acts 6:4. Giving priority to prayer gained power in their preaching.
 
Must praying always take precedence over preaching?
 
Absolutely. Preaching without praying is preaching without power.
 
Every preacher needs an infusion of the power of the Holy Spirit if he is to preach effectively. Only in close communion with God can he receive that potential. Without it, his preaching will be both weak and useless.
After the American athlete Billy Sunday was converted in 1886, he became an evangelist. He said, “If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.”
 
Why was the Lord Jesus Christ effective in His earthly ministry?
 
Prayer. Constant communion with His Father.
 
“In the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35
 
What did He do before He appointed His twelve apostles?
 
“It came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles.” Luke 6: 12,13.
 
What did He do the night before He rescued the disciples on the stormy lake? “He departed to the mountain to pray.” Mark 6:46.
 
What did Jesus do before He set out on that great final journey to Jerusalem?
 
“He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered.” Luke 9:28,29.
 
Powerful praying is crucial for powerful preaching.
 
Disregard that fact and our declaration of the Gospel is a waste of time.
 
How many of our churches invest heavily in technology and techniques?
 
Do we similarly invest heavily in praying?
 
Are we absolutely convinced that the best of human ingenuity is no replacement for prayer?
 
Gene Jackson, a former Assemblies of God minister in the USA, wrote, “The Book never changes. God never moves. He stays eternally the same. The address where we meet Him will be forever unchanged. It is an altar of prayer! If we don’t pray until we get right with God, forget the re-organization.”
 
The apostles gave themselves, “Continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.” Acts 6:4
 
If we don’t have time to pray, we don’t have time to preach.
 
“Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1

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FaceBook Sermon Prep

By DrBillComments Off on FaceBook Sermon Prep

Hey All,facebook logo

Just came across an article in Christianity Today online about using FaceBook to help with your sermon prep.

Here is the link.

He makes some good points, mainly Facebook helps with:

  • “Understanding the hearts of my people”
  • “Understanding the hearts of the unchurched”
  • “Bringing people to church”
  • “Generating sermon material”
  • “Extending the sermon’s impact”

What’s been your experience with Facebook?   Is it a plus for sermon prep, or a distraction, or something else?

For great preaching,

Dr. Bill Miller

SermonBase.com

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Sermon Tip: Focus

By DrBillComments Off on Sermon Tip: Focus

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Laser or light bulb?

Some preachers only kind-of, sort-of, know what they want to say when they get in the pulpit.  And by that I am not saying that they don’t have a manuscript or notes.  What I mean by FOCUS is, has the message captured your heart?  Has God gripped your soul with what you want to say today to God’s people in God’s name?  Focus is when the Big Idea (the Proposition; the Sermon in a Sentence) has gripped your soul and it won’t let you go, until you let it out.

If the message has gripped your soul, you will have Focus.   When you have Focus, you have a powerful message.

What is the result of having Focus to your sermon?

1.  People will feel the power of your message upon THEIR hearts.

They will be gripped by it as well, and they will focus on you.  This is important.  I sit at the back of church when I am not preaching, and I see how the people at the back are really easily distracted.  It takes a powerful message with a strong focus to capture and keep their attention.  The further they sit from the pulpit, the more the Focus is important to maintain their attention.

2.  Your message will be delivered to their hearts like a laser, and not like a soft-white diffused fluorescent bulb.

People will feel like God is speaking to them about something specific.  God’s application is always very specific.  A focused message helps to deliver God’s truth into people’s hearts.

3.  Every point in your message will supplement your main point and sharpen the focus.

The Mains will sharpen, clarify, and strengthen what you have to say.  They will sharpen the Focus, not soften it.

How do you know if you don’t have Focus in your sermon?

1.  You will ramble!

If you don’t have anything specific to say, then, just about anything will do.  Rambling generalities never changed anyone’s life.

2.  You will try to make too many applications.

When a preacher is not sure of what s/he has to say, they often pull out the easy applications and start hitting people about the same old sins.  But Focus helps a sermon to point to one specific life change which God’s Word is calling them to do.

3.  You will lack passion.

The people will sense it, and you will feel it.  The right words may come out, but not with the same punch or power.  Focus adds passion.

How to get Focus in your sermon:

This is the tough part.  How can you make sure that week in and week out, you have clear Focus?  You need to have clearly written goals for your sermon.  I use SermonBase Message Planning Software® to help me frame up my goals for every single message.  I determine the main goal for the entire message.  (And please note, that this is NOT the same as the Big Idea or Proposition.)  Then I determine three sub-goals: Intellectual, Emotional, and Behavioral.  Asking these questions helps me to sharpen the Focus of my message.

Hope that helps!

Here’s to good preaching that grab’s people’s hearts in the name of Jesus!

Dr. Bill

SermonBase.com

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How to Prepare a Sermon: Part 3, “Study the Passage”

By DrBillComments Off on How to Prepare a Sermon: Part 3, “Study the Passage”

Hi Preachers, and Preachers-to-Be,open bible

We are continuing on this series of How to Prepare a Sermon. I’ve already given you the Ten Steps to Sermon Preparation to lead off the series. Then step one, “How to Pray about your Sermon“, and step two, “Select your text and topic“. So today let’s talk about studying the passage.

Studying the passage on which you want to preach is key. Listen, you can’t have quality preaching without putting in the time to study. It doesn’t matter how much you think you may know about the topic or text, there is always more to learn. Shallow study makes for shallow preaching. so put in the time and do it right. But how do you study the passage?

Number one rule, don’t run to the commentaries first! Study the passage on your own, and let God speak to you through it; then later on you can apply the commentaries to get the historical, grammatical, cultural facts you would not otherwise know.

So, what are the steps to studying a passage of Scripture in preparation for preaching a sermon on it?

  • Read the passage multiple times.
  • Read the passage in a few different translations.
  • Read the entire book.
  • Read it in Greek or Hebrew, if you are familiar with the original languages.
  • Identify the key verbs.
  • Identify key themes.
  • Look for repeated words, comparisons, contrasts, conclusions, assumptions.
  • Look for historical references to previous Biblical history and locations.
  • If necessary, diagram the passage.
  • Outline the passage.

To begin to make sense of all this Biblical data, you can ask and answer three questions:

1.  What does this passage say?

2.  What does this passage mean?

3.  What does this passage mean to me?

Once you have organized the sermon by answering the above three questions, you are ready to move on to Step Four of sermon preparation.

Yours for great preaching,

Dr. Bill Miller

SermonBase.com

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The Big Idea

By DrBillComments Off on The Big Idea

HI All,lightbulb

The Big Idea of the sermon is technically called “the Proposition”.  It is a summary of your entire sermon in one sentence.  Some call it “the sermon in a sentence.”

Getting accurate on the Proposition is the most important step you can do as you begin work on your sermon.  Accurately capturing all you have to say in a single sentence will propel you forward to a successful sermon.  Arriving at the Proposition can be some of the hardest work you do in your sermon preparation.  It may take a couple of days to really nail it; you may have to precede it first with exegetical study of the passage, and an understanding of the culture into which the passage speaks.

But once you have the Big Idea, the Proposition, the Sermon in a Sentence, you are almost half-way there!

A finely crafted Proposition can deliver a powerful punch.

Sermon Example:  Ezekiel 18:1 – 30

This is a very long passage and argument from the Lord God to the people of Israel.  It is difficult enough to explain to adults, but what about mid-schoolers?  How would you explain this passage to teens, ages 12-14??  Nathan Miller of Brooklyn Park EFC taught this passage to just such an age group by really nailing the sermon in a sentence.  Here’s his Proposition, Big Idea, or Sermon in a Sentence for Ezekiel 18:

“Your soul is your responsibility.”

That captures it really well.

Once you have the Proposition, you are on your way to putting together a good sermon. Work hard at it, and you – but especially your people – will be rewarded.

For great preaching,

Dr. Bill

SermonBase.com

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How To Prepare A Sermon: Part 10, Create the Title

By DrBillComments Off on How To Prepare A Sermon: Part 10, Create the Title

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We are working on our ten-part series on How to Prepare a Sermon. We’ve already given you all ten steps of sermon preparation, and Part 1, Praying about your Sermon; Part 2,Textual vs. Topical; Part 3,Study the Passage; Part 4, Read the Commentaries; Part 5, Arrive at the Proposition; Part 6, Develop the Mains; Part 7, Provide Supporting Material, and Part 8, Write the Conclusion, Part 9, Write The Introduction.

CREATE THE TITLE

Finally, you can choose the title. The only point of the title is to advertise and promote the sermon and let people know in a very brief way what it is about. If you choose your title too early, you may find yourself preaching to the title, rather than the text. Don’t confuse the two.

The Title that you choose can simply be descriptive, like the one I heard this weekend for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday:  “The Privilege and Responsibility of Being Human” by Dr. John Crocker at Crossroads Church in Albert Lea, MN.

It could be a portion of Scripture, like “Songs in the Night”, the famous sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon of the London Tabernacle.  The phrase “songs in the night” is from the Book of Psalms.

The Title could be a very directive title, How to be the Spiritual Leader of your Home, a message which I taught a while back, mainly to fathers, but also to single moms.

USE THE TITLE

Once you have taken the time to write the sermon, you want people to come and listen to it!

So make sure you spread the title of your sermon far and wide so that everyone knows what you will be teaching on. This is your chance to use the title of the sermon to encourage people to come and hear the Word of God being taught.

What are some ways to do that?

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  • Whenever I am teaching in a series, I always put in a little teaser near the end of my sermon, about what I will be teaching in the next one. That way people can see how the series is tied together, and will keep coming back, it is hoped.
  • Also, list next week’s sermon in this week’s bulletin.
  • If your church advertises in the newspaper, list your weekly sermon title in there. Many people out there do not want to come to a strange new church unless they have at least some idea of what it is all about. For example, if your sermon title is on parenting, “How to be a great Dad”, that is one thing. If the title, on the other hand, says something like, “How to pick up snakes during worship”, that would tell them something else.

DON’T PREACH TO THE TITLE

Your job is to preach to the Biblical text, not the Title.  The only purpose of the Title is to let the people know what you will be speaking about. It is just there to advertise. Don’t get distracted by it; stay focused on the Biblical text.

Well, there you have it. That is the last of this ten-part series on How to Prepare a Sermon. I hope you enjoy it, and find it useful, as you teach God’s Holy Word!

For great preaching,

Dr. Bill Miller

SermonBase.com

HighPowerResources.com

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Five Principles of Biblical Stewardship for Your Small Business

By Gladys Perez-NejudneComments Off on Five Principles of Biblical Stewardship for Your Small Business

by Rita Cartwright

Stewardship is a biblical perspective that can be applied to your business. Stewardship simply means managing possessions and property that are not yours. You may say, “My business belongs to me.” According to Psalm 24:1, the earth and everything on it belong to the LORD. The world and its people belong to him (CEV). Based on this scripture, your business belongs to God; therefore, you are a steward managing his business. He has blessed you with the talents, time, and treasures that you need to properly manage that which you are responsible for.

There are five principles of biblical stewardship: persistence, planning, proportionate, pleasantness, and purpose. Let’s see how we can apply them to your (God’s) business.

Persistence: Scripture teaches us that faithfulness is a necessary quality to possess as a steward. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful (I Corinthians 4:2 KJV). Being persistent and dependable is viewed as being faithful. If you have any doubts, you can’t move forward in your business. You have to believe it to achieve it. You have faith that you can be a successful entrepreneur and small business owner; therefore, you are persistent in making it happen.

Another symbol of your faith is your dependability. Your business is not fly-by-night; you are in it for the long haul. Your clients can depend on you being there and not skipping town. Also, they can depend on you to be faithful in completing their projects and tasks.

Planning: God wants everything to be done peacefully and in order (I Corinthians 14:33 CEV). Planning goes without saying in any size or type of business. It is highly advisable to have a business plan as entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as a marketing plan. A plan will keep you focused and on track; therefore, your business plans will be accomplished peacefully and in order.

Proportionate: If God has been generous with you, he will expect you to serve him well. But if he has been more than generous, he will expect you to serve him even better (I Corinthians 16:2 CEV). The proportion of talents, time, and treasures God blesses you with will determine what services and/or products you will offer to your target market. Remember, He gives you what you need to be good stewards. At the same time, you are serving God by providing your clients with excellent service and/or products, which come from your proportion of talents, time and treasures that He has given you.

Pleasantness: Each of you must make up your own mind about how much to give. But don’t feel sorry that you must give and don’t feel that you are forced to give. God loves people who love to give (II Corinthians 9:7 CEV). Be pleasant in your business dealings, especially with your clients. It’s what’s known as providing excellent customer service. Don’t force it, give your pleasantness freely. Your clients would much rather conduct business with someone who is pleasant rather than with someone who is rude. Do to others as you would have them do to you (Luke 6:31 NIV). When completing their projects and tasks, do it cheerfully. God sent you that client as a way of providing you with treasures.

Purposeful: When you eat or drink or do anything else, always do it to honor God (I Corinthians 10:31 CEV). As a steward over God’s business, it’s important to honor Him by operating it with honesty and integrity. I remember reading in “The Prayer of Jabez,” written by Bruce Wilkinson where Bruce was having a conversation with some business executives. One of the executives asked Bruce, “Is it right to ask God for more business?” Bruce responded, “Absolutely! If you’re doing your business God’s way, it’s not only right to ask for more, but He is waiting for you to ask.”

Conclusion: Biblical stewardship deals with use of your money; however, it is a perspective that covers your entire life, including your business. As I have pointed out, the five principles of biblical stewardship can be applied to your business. This should be our business plan as entrepreneurs and small business owners. From time to time, we need to refer back to our plans to ensure we are on the right track. God has entrusted his business to you by appointing you as steward to manage it. The more God bless your (His) business, the more He wants you to bless individuals, the community and the world at large. This style of stewardship will bring honor and glory to His name. It is also a manner of serving God.

Original article here.

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