To Protect and To Serve
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Wangi Point, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia. Photo by Maurice Ashton

“And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.” Genesis 2:15

A few years ago, when we were hearing quite a bit about lowering our carbon footprints, my kids and I had an ongoing joke. Because there seemed to be such a push to do away with all carbon output, taken to its logical, albeit extreme, conclusion all […]

Thursday: Stewardship Principles
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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the

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heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV). How does this text help to set the foundation for a biblically based concept of stewardship?

We often tend to think of stewardship in terms of money. As we’ve seen this week, however, stewardship involves much more than just that. Yet, whether dealing with money or with environmental concerns or our […]

Wednesday: Stewards of Our Health
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As we have seen throughout this quarter, God’s original Creation was “good,” even “very good.”

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Everything and everyone came forth from the hand of the Creator in a state of perfection. There was no sickness, no disease, no death. Contrary to the evolutionary model—in which disease, sickness, and death are part of the very means of creation—these things came only after the Fall, after the entrance of sin. Thus, it is only against the background of the Creation […]

10: Stewardship and the Environment – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Creation reveals that God made humankind to nurture and care for this world, not exploit and pillage it.

[Teaching plan for Stewardship and the Environment March 4, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:28.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. God told mankind to multiply and fill the earth. Does He expect mankind to exercise any kind of population control?
C. Personal Application: Do you think […]

Tuesday: The Sabbath and the Environment
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As we have seen, the concept of stewardship, in the context of the way in which we take care of the planet, is tied directly to the Creation.

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Our views on Creation will influence our views on the way in which we should relate to the Creation.

For some, the Creation is to be exploited, used, even pillaged to whatever degree necessary in order to fulfill our own desires and wants. Others, in contrast, all but […]

Monday: Caring for Other Creatures
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“For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills” (Ps.50:10).

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What in this text touches on the topic of our stewardship of the earth?

Read Revelation 4:11. How does this text contrast radically with the common atheistic notions of a creation without a creator, a creation that comes into being purely by chance alone?

Creation of the animals was not an accident or an afterthought. God intentionally created them. It was His will that […]

Sunday: Dominion Given at Creation
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According to Genesis 1:26, Adam’s dominion extended to all other created
entities—in the sea, on land, and in the air.

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Dominion includes the idea of ruling or having power over these creatures. Nothing is said about dominion over the forces of nature themselves but only over the creatures. And, according to the text, this rule was universal: Adam was to be, essentially, the ruler of the earth.

Read again Psalm 8. What is David’s response to the honor God […]

Sabbath: Stewardship and the Environment
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Read for This week’s Study: Psalm 8, Gen. 2:15, Rev. 4:11, Exod. 20:8-11, 1 Cor. 3:16.

Memory Text: “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth’ “(Genesis 1:28, NKJV).

The world in which we live is a gift of love from the Creator

God, from ‘Him who made heaven and the earth, the sea […]

Thursday: Christian Behavior
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Beyond the family, the Christian has other social and professional involvements – a

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clear recognition of the biblical view that Christians are in the world but not of the world (John 17:14-18). Consider the following three areas of daily life and discuss the Christian’s responsibilities in regard to lifestyle and behavior:

1. Employer/Employee Relations (James 5:4-6, Eph. 6:5-9). Apart from regarding employees as equals in Christ, the Christian employer must be guided by the principle that adequate work requires adequate compensation. On […]

Expressing Our Love
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Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

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Soviet Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the author of Tortured for Christ, suffered terribly for the Lord. Yet he said that even while in prison, he saw fellow Soviet believers practice generous giving. “When we were given one slice of bread a week and dirty soap every day, we decided […]