Letting Go: A Stewardship Sermon Series from Luke


Note-Taking Guide




I. “Letting Go” – Stewardship means Relinquishment (Luke 5:1-11; Matt 4:18-22)



Letting go is hard –







So it seems more natural to stay in control of our lives

because we have been _______ to be in control. 




Jesus does not just run around telling everybody to follow him. 

He proves what he can do and then simply _________ us to come along for the ride.





Stewardship at its core is about _________. 





Letting go simply _____ ____ ____ _____.




Questions for Small Group Discussion:


o      How does letting go make the ride better?


o      What is an aspect of my life for which I am not willing to relinquish control?


o      What does it look like to let go of the control over my life?




II. “What Comes First?” – Stewardship means Priorities (Luke 9:59-62)



The Accordion Principle –







The time we dedicate to him is not just first in principle, it is first in __________. 




You can give God your best and you can give him the most. 

But what God really wants is your __________. 




God is generous with quality and quantity, but jealous about _________. 





Questions for Small Group Discussion:


o      What does my schedule say about my priorities?


o      Are there any changes I need to make to my schedule to reflect my priorities? 


o      When is a good set time for God in my schedule?



III. “A Harsh Master?”- Stewardship means Investment (Luke 19:11-27)


The Servant’s (and Our) Raw Deal -







The Truth about Talents -



            A talent is a ____________ sum of money.



The Truth about the Master –



            The master is actually a _____________ and ______________ man.



The Truth about our Abilities –



We are living a lie when we live as ___________ ___________.



The Truth about God –



            When you sign up for a church dare to ask if it is __________ _______.




Stop working so hard, and start doing your ________.



Questions for Small Group Discussion:


o      What lies to we tell about God and ourselves?


o      What can I think, feel, or do to replace these lies with the truth? 


o      What kinds of ministry do I like to do?  What brings my joy?



IV. “Hurts So Good” – Stewardship means Sacrifice (Luke 21:1-9)

The Widow vs. the Rich -







Immediately after this story, Jesus predicts the destruction of the ______________.




What Jesus values about your useless gift is precisely its ______________.




Sacrifice means _______________.




The heart of worship is _______________.






Questions for Small Group Discussion:


o      How does it feel to hear that God values uselessness?  Why do I feel this way?


o      What are some concrete things I could offer to God as a whole-burnt-offering? 


o      How would worship change if I treated it as “useless” and “wasteful?”