Stewardship Resources

Posted: Oct 13

A Stewardship Bible Study

Discipleship & Generosity,Stewardship Formation

Stewardship is not about fundraising.  Stewardship is about mission -- God's mission in the world, and our mission as followers of Jesus Christ.  Let's take a look at what God is asking us to do as stewards of all God has given to us, through group Bible study and prayer.  Here are some suggested texts to study.  At the bottom of this page is a suggested Bible study format for stewardship and adult education groups.

Stewardship Bible Study Texts

Genesis 1:27-28 We are made in God’s image

Psalm 30 The world belongs to the Lord and all that is in it

Malachi 3:7-12 Robbing God

Matthew 3:1-12 What does our baptism mean for us as stewards?

Matthew 5:1-12 The Beatitudes and stewardship

Matthew 6:7-14 Praying the prayer Jesus taught us as stewards

Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents

Mark 4:21-25 A Lamp on a Stand

Mark 10:17-25 The Rich Young Man

Mark 12:41-44 The Widow’s Off ering

Luke 12:13-34 The Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12:22-34 Where is your heart?

Luke 15:1-10 The Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin

Luke 15:11-32 The Parable of the Lost Son

Luke 18:9-14 The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 18:18-27 The Rich Young Ruler

Luke 19:1-10 Zacchaeus

Luke 5:1-11, John 21:1-14 Two Fishing Stories

John 6:1-13 The Feeding of the 5,000

Colossians 3:12-17 Paul’s guidance for living lives as God’s Children

1 Peter 4:7-11 Stewards of the manifold grace of God

1 Timothy 6: 17-19 Be rich in good works

1Corinthians 4:1 God loves a cheerful giver.

Suggested Bible Study Format

• Opening Prayer – perhaps a prayer of thanksgiving or a prayer inviting the Holy Spirit to be present during the meeting and particularly the engaging scripture.

• Ask someone to read the passage the first time.

      Group Conversation: What word, phrase, idea, or sentence stands out for you?

• Ask a different person to read it a second time, perhaps from a different bible translation.

       Group Conversation: What is God/Jesus/this passage saying to you?

• Ask a third person to read it, perhaps from yet another bible translation.

       Group Conversation: What is God/ Jesus/this passage calling you to do?

• Close with prayer for each person … that each of you may become more and more the faithful, loving, generous

stewards God calls us to be … that each of us may indeed respond to what God is calling us to do

and to be.

Prepared by:

Th e Rev. Angela Emerson, Minister for Stewardship Development, Episcopal Diocese of Vermont

Th e Rev. Laurel Johnston, Program Offi cer for Stewardship, Th e Episcopal Church Center

Mr. Bruce Rockwell, Stewardship Missioner, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts