Stewardship Bible Studies"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another..."
We’re all called to be good stewards of the resources we’ve been given, but what does that entail, exactly? What questions and challenges arise with stewardship? What’s God’s answer?
The Bible studies here explore those questions, providing participants with a Law-and-Gospel perspective on their lives as Christian stewards. The studies can be presented as a series (as during a congregational stewardship drive), or they could be presented on their own.
Study materials (e.g., leader guides; handouts) will be posted on this page as they are developed. If you’d like to use these studies in the meantime, contact Rev. Dan Galchutt.
The law is often thought of as something that attacks us and weighs us down, “since through the law comes the knowledge of sin” (Rom. 3:20). But God’s law doesn’t just accuse us. God graciously gives us His law to teach us how to live as His forgiven and redeemed children. This study will consider what the Ten Commandments can teach us about our life of stewardship as children of God.
Consider Your Place
Throughout the Small Catechism, Luther exhorts us to consider our place in life. In this study, we’ll look at an underused part of the catechism, the Table of Duties, and see what it teaches about the vocation of Christian steward. We’ll see that stewardship can be understood entirely from a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Rom. 13:9).
In our culture, “real love” is a great ideal. But what IS real love? Many people today wouldn’t know it if they saw it. This study considers what real love actually looks like. As God’s Word teaches, “If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:17-18).