Stewardship is a predominate theme in Scripture. Not only was it one of Jesus’ favorite topics, it flows like a river from its source in the earliest verses of Genesis to the concluding chapter of Revelation. Stewardship is a bright thread so thoroughly interwoven into the fabric of Scripture that the failure to see it could only be intentional. The first sin of humanity was an abuse of stewardship. The first murder was the aftermath of an improper offering to God. The final act in the human drama will be the return of the missing Master who comes to claim the world that has always, and only, belonged to God. The Lifestyle StewardshipTM Bible Study Series looks at the topic of stewardship in non-traditional ways. For example, you will find the word “tithe” is not discussed in these lessons. This study assumes the tithe and endeavors to move beyond basic training to other significant questions:
- What does it mean that the first job given to humankind was stewardship?
- What does it imply that we were stewards before we were sinners?
- How and why does the image of the steward in our culture today differ so greatly from its high and esteemed position in Scripture?
- Why is our participation in giving so important to our relationship with God?
Of all the remarkable things Jesus said about money, none may be more astonishing than, “If you haven’t been faithful with worldly wealth [mammon], who will trust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:11) “True riches,” we may assume, refers to wealth that is spiritual and eternal. Consider the statement! Is Jesus not saying that entitlement to “true riches” is contingent on how we use our material wealth? Does this not mean that financial faithfulness is an essential key to spiritual discovery and enlightenment? Could it be that the lives of spiritual enchantment and adventure for which we all long can never be ours until we have mastered mammon? The Lifestyle StewardshipTM Bible Study Series is an adventure of discovery for those who desire access to the true riches Jesus promised. Welcome to the journey.
- The Biblical Steward
- The Family Business
- The Symbolism of Giving
- The Practice of Lifestyle Stewardship
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