Tim Keller Video Notes — “Reflection on Stewardship” Video — Giving as Gospel Re-enactment

When my wife and I lived in New York City, I remember coming across this “Reflections on Stewardship” video that Redeemer had on their website. In it, Tim Keller describes some of the difficulties of giving when you live in a place like NYC, some of the solutions, and the picture that such giving paints. The great thing is, now that we are presently living in Cedar Springs, MI, I still see a lot of value in this words from Tim.

I. Difficulties of Giving

II. Solutions to the Difficulties

III. The Picture Painted by Giving in Difficulty


I. It’s hard to give when you live in NYC

  • Special challenges to giving in NY
    • Cost of living is very high
    • People’s incomes are sporadic

II. How to meet the challenges

  • Be much more deliberate in giving, more cognizant of exactly what you’re giving, you’ve to keep records, you can’t be as spontaneous
  • Poor people are supposed to give; Paul and Jesus are both clear that if you are living in poverty giving is a great sacrifice. My belief is that if you’re living in a very affluent place, it will also be a great sacrifice.
  • If you’re willing to make the sacrifice and be very very deliberate you can meet the challenges that NY poses to giving
  • Pray through these passages
    • Matt 6:19-34
    • 1 Tim 6:6-10
    • 2 Cor 8:1-15
    • 2 Cor 9:6-15
  • Plan: What am I giving annually now, and what is my goal for the coming year?
  • Start

III. Gospel re-enactment

When I give $2,000, I’m dying to the use of that money. But then, when I see that $2,000 producing fruit in the lives of others, there’s a resurrection—that death is creating new life in others. In a very very small way, I’m doing what Jesus Christ did when He died to give us life.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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