Article 104-1 – Stewardship

Biblical Principles for Living

104-1.1 God owns everything because He is God and created all things.1 Believers belong to God not only by creation but also by redemption.2 They are, therefore, to be good stewards or managers of all God has entrusted to them.3

104-1.2 Believers have the responsibility to proclaim the message of redemption and reconciliation to the unredeemed.4 Spiritual gifts, skills and abilities are given by God5 and are to be used for the benefit of others, especially the body of Christ.6 Children7 and all others needing care call believers to exercise stewardship.8 All the believers’ relationships provide opportunities to bring people to Christ and to strengthen believers in the Christian life.9 The earth and all things in it are for God’s glory.10 People are given the responsibility to conserve and manage the earth and its natural resources.11

104-1.3 A believer’s possessions are to be used for God’s glory. The Bible teaches that a portion of all resources is to be willingly and cheerfully returned to God through tithes and offerings. Tithing,12 the giving of a tenth, was practiced since the time of Abraham13 and was required by God after the law was given.14 The New Testament teaches that our giving is to be systematic, proportionate, cheerful, and generous.15 Such giving is an act of worship16 and a means of supporting the work of Christ’s Church.17

104-1.4 Good stewards live all of life in submission to the Creator/Redeemer. This life should be used to please God and glorify Him in thought, word, and action.18 The believer’s body is the temple of God19 and is to be acceptable to Him.20 This wonderful creation is meant to glorify God,21 in ways such as abstaining from sexual immorality,22 maintaining a healthful diet23 including not over eating,24 proper exercise,25 and adequate rest.26 Believers are called to resist worry27 and to be clear-minded and self-controlled by purifying themselves from everything that contaminates body, mind, and spirit.28

104-1.5 Before physical or mental disability occurs, believers should take steps to provide for children, health care, assets, payment of debts and other personal responsibilities. Good stewardship includes developing an adequate plan to avoid unnecessary loss of resources and to distribute assets in a God-honoring manner.29

1 Gen. 1-2; Deu.10:14; Psa.24:1, 2
2 Gen. 3; Rom. 5; 1 Cor. 6:20
3 Deu. 8:11-18; Luke 12:41-48
4 1 Cor. 9:16, 17; 2 Cor. 5:17-19; 1 Thes. 2:3, 4
5 Exo. 35:30-35; Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:28; 1 Pe. 4:10
6 Rom. 14:19; 1 Cor. 14:12
7 Psa. 127:3
8 Luke 10:25-37; Eph. 6:4; 1 Tim. 5:8
9 Rom. 12:4, 5; 15:7; Phil. 1:12-14
10 Psa. 19:1-6; Rev. 4:11
11 Gen. 1:28; 2:15; Psa. 8:6-8; Lev. 25:23
12 Mal. 3:8-10; Mat. 23:23; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6, 7
13 Gen. 14:20
14 Lev. 27:30; Deu. 14:22; Mal. 3:8
15 1 Cor. 16:2
16 2 Cor. 9:12-15; Phil. 4:14-18
17 Num. 18:21, 24; 1 Cor. 9:7-14; 1 Tim. 5:17,18
18 1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 5:9; Col. 3:17
19 1 Cor. 6:19
20 Rom. 12:1, 2
21 Psa. 139:13, 14; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Phil. 1:20
22 1 Cor. 6:18
23 Gen. 1:30, 31; 9:3; Psa. 107:9
24 Pro. 23:2, 3, 21; Phil. 3:18, 19
25 1 Tim. 4:8
26 Psa. 127:2
27 Mat. 6:25-34; Phil. 4:6
28 2 Cor. 7:1; 1 Pe. 4:7
29 Pro. 13:22; 19:14; Ecc. 2:18-21

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