First Things First! (Haggai)


“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” Haggai 1:4, NIV Very old ruins have held a romantic fascination for me. When I walk beside the ruined walls, I wonder what stories could they tell of lives lived long ago. What hopes and … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Restoration of Human Dominion

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Compare Genesis 1:28 with John 12:31. What was the status of Adam and Eve in the newly created world? Who seized power and became the ruler of this world? Adam was given the responsibility to be ruler of the world. When he sinned, Adam’s dominion was compromised. Satan now exercised his power in the creation, causing the corruption … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Stewardship and the Environment


“Christ’s followers have been redeemed for service. Our Lord teaches that the true object of life is ministry. Christ Himself was a worker, and to all His followers He gives the law of service—service to God and to their fellow men. Here Christ has presented to the world a higher conception of life than they … [Click to read more …]

To Protect and To Serve

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“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 … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Stewardship Principles

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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the 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 … [Click to read more …]

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.” 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 … [Click to read more …]

10: Stewardship and the Environment – Teaching Plan


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 … [Click to read more …]

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. 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, … [Click to read more …]