Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
By

The_Church_is_a_PartyChristians frequently talk about “stewardship,” but what do we mean when we use that term? And more importantly, what should we mean by it?

At The Gospel Coalition, Stephen J. Grabill, director of programs and international for the Acton Institute, discusses what it means to have a holistic understanding of stewardship and what it means to “make the kingdom of God visible and tangible to the world”:

Although Christians across denominational lines often use stewardship language to describe our calling to live out God’s mission in the world, what we mean theologically by “stewardship” varies greatly across religious traditions. Some think stewardship is tithing; others think it means volunteering or living a simple lifestyle. Still others identify stewardship with environmental conservation, social action of some kind or another, charitable giving, or making disciples through evangelism.

Each of these good and necessary activities points to an essential facet of stewardship, but each—on its own—falls shy of capturing the inspiring vision of biblical stewardship as a form of whole-life discipleship that embraces every legitimate vocation and calling to fulfill God’s mission in the world. In this sense, holistic stewardship, transformational generosity, workplace ministry, business as mission, and the theology of work movement all share a common point of origin in the biblical view of mission as whole-life discipleship. In other words, the essence of stewardship is about finding your place—that is, all the dimensions of your many callings—in God’s economy of all things (oikonomia).

Read more . . .

For the Life of the World - A Field Guide

For the Life of the World - A Field Guide

For the Life of the World is an entertaining film series and study that explores the deeper meaning of Salvation.  The companion Field Guide jump-starts group and individual investigation and includes additional content to enhance the film experience.

$9.99

  • Mom

    I am curious at to why no comments three days after the article was posted. Is it because we are all convicted of how short our lives fall of the goal of being Jesus to all we come in contact with in every aspect of our lives? Or is it because we may not be interested in such a huge demand of us? Do we not have time to care since we are so busy?
    I generally get much food for thought from both the articles and responses, so I hereby offer my humble contribution: like most challenges, this one is best taken a bite at a time. After prayer, choose one area of your life where you could make a difference by living your faith, and then do it. Maybe it is silently saying Grace before meals in a restaurant or cafeteria. Maybe it is responding in love to a family member or coworker when you feel more agitated than loving. Be consistent in prayer and practice, and gradually add other small acts of love. I am sure this works because it is actively seeking to practice virtue in your life. When you grow in one virtue, the others are exercised as well. I hope this is food for somebody’s thoughts.