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
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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 … [Click to read more …]

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). 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 … [Click to read more …]

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. 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 … [Click to read more …]

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’ … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Christian Behavior
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Beyond the family, the Christian has other social and professional involvements – a 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 … [Click to read more …]