The one thing common among all Believers is faith and trust in our Lord. If we truly believe what our Lord tells us, then everything He gives us really belongs to Him. If we understand this, then we embrace the fact that we don't "own" anything. We are actually stewards or caretakers of the gifts, talents and financial resources He has entrusted us with.
The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it… – Psalms 24:1
Generosity is a willingness to give out of the blessings that God has given us by being good stewards of our resources while we are living and leaving a legacy of giving after our death. We are called to be good stewards of our time, talent and resources. The single largest act of financial stewardship most believers will ever undertake involves how they plan and distribute their estate assets.
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed – Proverbs 11:25
Englewood Baptist Church promotes “whole life stewardship” developing an understanding and prayerful means of maximizing use of all resources, including financial resources, natural gifts and spiritual gifts with which God has entrusted us.
For the believer, preparing your estate plan is a spiritual exercise. It will reflect your testimony of stewardship of material assets as well as the story of God’s grace and generosity in your life.
Devoted Christians have tithed or given faithfully their entire life but neglect to consider their church and other ministry causes in their will or estate plan simply because no one reminded them of that option.
Approach this whole process prayerfully and we are confident you will find it deeply gratifying.
Before you begin the process of estate planning, pray and seek God’s direction for how you should create a Legacy of Faith with the assets He has entrusted you with.
Man is a mere Phantom as he goes to and fro; he bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it – Psalms 39:6
Completing an estate plan will be a rewarding experience for you. Knowing that you have cared for your family, your church, and ministries you support with the financial and material blessings God has provided will set an example that will lead to others coming to know Christ long after you have left this earthly life.
Through prayer and seeking God’s direction, you can know who and where the gifts God has provided you during your earthly journey will go and how those gifts will continue to serve Him after you go to Heaven. Therefore, we encourage and desire every believer have the opportunity to participate in quality estate planning as an act of stewardship.