2 Timothy 3:14 (ESV)
 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it  and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
A life and a ministry grounded on the Word of God is like a Light House standing through the fiercest storms, guiding ships through dangerous waters. We need to be grounded on the Word. For the church that I am currently serving as an Interim Pastor, that means four things. I wrote yesterday about grounding our understanding of morality, and our practice on the Word of God. We also want to be grounded on the Word in terms of our theology and stewardship.
I have friends who have strayed from orthodox Christian beliefs. My observation is that they allowed their emotions to drive their understanding of the Scriptures rather than allowing the Scriptures to drive their theology. When we come to the study of God’s Word we cannot begin with a sense of what we believe to be right or true. We must begin with the following questions:
1. What does the text actually say?
2. What does the text mean?
3. How would the original audience have understood the text?
4. How does that apply to my context?
Too often we begin with question 4 and rarely get to the other three questions. But question 4 must come last or it will adversely color our understanding of the Word. Our theology must be grounded in a careful exegesis of the Word of God. Exegesis is a $50 word that means that we draw out of the text what is there rather than reading into the text what we expect or want to find.
Gifts, tithes, and offerings, are a simple recognition that all we have belongs to God. As believers we do not give simply because we are commanded to give. We are told to give because we need to be reminded that our stuff is not ours. It has been my observation over the years that those with nothing are often more willing to give than those who have much. The more we have, the more our stuff controls us. When we have nothing we more readily recognize those in need, we identify more quickly with them, and we more easily let go. The United States of America is a wealthy nation. We, of all believers, need to learn to loosen our grip on what we have or we risk serving the wrong god. Stewardship is grounded on the Word of God.
A life and a ministry grounded on the Word of God is like a Light House standing through the fiercest storms guiding ships through dangerous waters. We need to be grounded on the Word. We need to ground our understanding of morality, practice, theology, and stewardship. on the Word of God. Anything less is like building on quicksand.