PCPC Principles of Stewardship
As stewards who are to be held accountable, we must prayerfully seek to exercise our stewardship in a manner that is consistent with and obedient to God’s Word. Click Here for a PDF download of PCPC’s Principles of Stewardship.
God is sovereign and we recognize Him as exercising divine ownership over all things. We are only stewards, entrusted by God. Our fiduciary responsibility is to Him alone. The fruits of good stewardship are for God’s pleasure and not for our selfish purpose.
1 Timothy 6:17
1 Chronicles 29:11-14
1 Samuel 2:7
By His indwelling Spirit, Christ enables us to follow Him in being a servant to all. As servants, we are charged to be faithful in handling all the money entrusted to us, not just ten percent. When we acknowledge God’s ownership, every financial decision becomes a spiritual decision.
1 Chronicles 29:16
1 Timothy 6:6-10
God is concerned with the heart of the giver as opposed to the amount of the gift. God does not need our money, nor are God’s ultimate purposes contingent upon our gifts. Generous giving is a grace given by God which He provides us the opportunity to participate in His work. As we give sacrificially, we grow in our sanctification.
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
2 Corinthians 9:7
1 Corinthians 13:3
Gifts are given to the Lord Himself even though they are for the benefit of other people.
God richly provides us with everything to enjoy. We are to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up heavenly treasure beyond our comprehension as a good foundation for the future so that we may take hold of that which is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
2 Corinthians 9:6
2 Corinthians 8:9
We are called to give regularly from our first fruits as this discipline gives us an opportunity to be consistently drawn to Christ.
1 Corinthians 16:2
Giving should be done prayerfully. It should be motivated by God’s abundant love for us and the amazing grace He has bestowed to us rather than a desire to impress people.
1 Thessalonians 2:4
2 Corinthians 9:7
Tithing has been a great blessing to many Christians. In the Old Testament, giving according to the degree of prosperity certainly has the tithe in view when you consider the laws governing stewardship. In the New Testament, giving is not defined by decimals and arithmetic, but it is the defined by grace and a response to the love of Christ. Stewardship recognizes not only a tenth; instead, everything belongs to God. Man merely acts as a trustee of His resources. Tithing is not man’s real problem. His real problem is putting God first as He seeks to serve both God and money.
Scripture supports giving in three areas: to the local Church, to the poor, and to extending the kingdom of God in the Church and the world. All three are important but giving to the local Church should have equal or greater importance than giving to the poor and to extending the kingdom of God in the church and the world, so long as the local church participates in the other two. Our giving, to and through the Church, is a tangible expression of our commitment to PCPC and our support of the equipping of the Saints and the protecting of our souls. As members of PCPC, we take a vow upon membership “to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of [our] ability.”
1 Timothy 6:17-18
When we share with the poor, we are sharing with Jesus Himself.
We are responsible to use our gifts and abilities to Extend the Kingdom.
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
1 Timothy 6:17-18
As adopted by the PCPC Session