Stewardship Research Part XV
Restated Hypotheses: The lack of spiritual formation and growth of faith produces a decreasing desire to be faithful stewards of what God gives!
The results of this dissertation of exegetical concepts as compared to gathered facts, research, samplings of Christians who say they are committed to the faith and understand the Bible furnishes a completed and fulfilled affirmative hypotheses. From the evidence collected it is clear that my hypothesis is supported! These results clearly state that the more mature the person is in their spiritual formation, the greater sense to conform to Biblical principles and a greater cheerfulness to give. The formation and growth of faith produces a firm desire to be faithful stewards of what God gives. Once a Christian forms a more mature faith, and develop a strong sense of gratitude for the grace flowing in them (John 3:30; Rom. 12; Gal, 2:20-21; Phil 3:10-14), the mature believer is concerned about stewardship and acts faithfully on it. However, the sad news is finding mature Christians those who prayer more than ½ hour a day, read Scripture regularly, and exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit, is becoming increasingly rare!
They reasoned that giving and stewardship from personal feelings and experiences and not from Biblical precepts. The common postmodern thinking on this subject matter is skewed understating from what the Bible clearly teaches or subjects were misinformed by their church. Few participants and interviews gave satisfactory answers based on Scriptural principles. The thinking tends to be focused on "read in" assumptions; careful analyses to ones own thinking was the crucial issue for the subjects. At the same time a casual attitude to self investigate facts arose. The focus was on preconceived truth over established knowledgeable sources such as a Bible, a Bible resource, a Bible commentary or asking a person who has more experience, knowledgeable and educated.
The Hypothesis from this research has moved from conjecture to stated fact beyond statistical significance. The proof is, growth in faith determines growth in stewardship. That is, the formation and growth of faith produces a firm desire to be faithful stewards of what God gives.
The Hypothesis Conjecture is that the formation and growth of faith produces a firm desire to be faithful stewards of what God gives. The findings clearly show the more time in spiritual formation the increased joyful giving of the individual.These results clearly state that the more mature the person is in their spiritual formation, the greater sense to conform to Biblical principles and a greater cheerfulness to give. The reason why the statistics are not more favorable to this hypothesis, is the people in the third sampling state they are in Christian work already and see their time and talent already going fulltime and do not have the funds to contribute more.
© Research from 2001- 2004, revised 2007 R. J. Krejcir Ph.D. Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development www.churchleadership.org/