What Is Stewardship in the Bible?

A steward is another word for a trustee. A trustee is someone who manages property which belongs to someone else.

If you have been in church and heard the pastor speak about stewardship, the pastor probably uses the word as a synonym for tithing. A tithe is certainly an element of stewardship.

Stewardship as a concept as actually very central throughout the Bible, even though the word itself is not necessarily used. For example, in Genesis 1:28 at the end of the creation account we read, “God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiple, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'”

In this one verse, we understand that

  • we did not create anything; God created and entrusted us with His handiwork;
  • we are called by God to subdue the earth; God entrusted the management and administration of the earth’s resources to us;
  • we are called to rule over the created order; God entrusted to us the management of animals, crops and all living things.

How are we doing? In this course, we will review the key elements of stewardship as we find them in the Bible. We will also discuss how we can best fulfill the calling that God gave us to administer and manage His creation.

As you are going through the course, consider this question: Does how we administer the earth impact our life in God? If it does, then shouldn’t we try to understand what God is asking us to do?

Integrating Faith and Money: Financial Principles for Christian Living

Does Jesus care about our money habits? Do our money habits impact our relationship with God? Could the way we handle money affect our spirituality?

Does God provide in times of need even if we are not seeking Him?

Perhaps a better question is will God intervene in our circumstances if we are not looking for Him to work? If we are not seeking after God, we really are not giving Him a reason to intervene. If He does intervene, how would we know He is at work if we are not seeking Him or not leaving room for Him to work?

God often intervenes when He will receive the glory. Would God intervene if He received no glory? He would obviously receive the recognition, gratitude, and glory if we are seeking Him and saw that He is at work.

These questions and more are discussed in this course on the Bible and money.

These questions and more are answered in this course on the Bible and money.


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Table of Contents

  • Welcome!
  • Defining Stewardship
  • Stewardship 1: The Bible and the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ
  • Stewardship 2: Truth
  • Stewardship 3: Time
  • Stewardship 4: Talents, Skills and Abilities
  • Stewardship 5: Natural Resources
  • Stewardship 6: Body
  • Stewardship 7: Mind and Soul
  • Stewardship 8: Children
  • Money 1: Introduction to Bible Study on Money
  • Money 2: History of Money and Some Words from Jesus
  • Money 3: Providing for Your Family
  • Money 4: Be Careful with Debt
  • Money 5: Tithing
  • Money 6: Love Your Neighbor
  • Money 7: Where Scripture Collides
  • Money 8: Taxes
  • Money 9: Faith and Financial Planning