Select Learning will film Dr. Powell in July for a new stewardship resource. Here is a sneak preview!
Biblical Stewardship: Our Duty and Delight
Mark Allan Powell, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio
Stewardship means "belonging to God" -- all that we are and all that we have comes from God. We are grateful to God for it all, and responsible to God for how we use it.
There is a connection between stewardship and spirituality: generous giving as a spiritual discipline helps us to grow in Christ.
"Duty and delight" are both motivating factors for giving -- doing what we ought to do as responsible church members, and making cheerful sacrifices out of love for God.
The over-arching theme of each session will be this is good news…
the biblical message of financial stewardship is promising and encouraging
not (usually) guilt-inducing
biblical stewardship is a way of life
and for many of us, it just may be the way to a better life.
Session 1: Belonging to God
Session 2: What is a Steward
Session 3: Treasures and Hearts
Session 4: Motives for Giving
Session 5: Duty and Delight
Session 6: Cheerful Sacrifices
Bonus Session for congregational development
Available from Select Learning: September 2010