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Responsible use of wealth, land or possessions.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
stewardship. The management of property by a servant on behalf of its owner, and more particularly in modern times, the organized pledging of a specific amount of money to be given regularly to the Church, often designated ‘Christian stewardship’. In its general sense the term (οἰκονομία and its cognates)
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
StewardshipThe biblical term “steward” (Gr. oikonomos) describes the office of one who is entrusted with the properties of another. While there are twenty-six direct references to stewards and stewardship in Scripture, the concept was insufficiently developed in historical theology. In North America
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
STEWARDSHIP — the management of another person’s property, finances, or household affairs. As far as Christians are concerned, stewardship involves the responsibility of managing God’s work through the church. God has appointed all Christians to be His stewards on earth. Stewardship is not an option,
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
stewardship. The *principle that declares that the proper ethical stance begins with the acknowledgment of God as the owner of everything in creation, and as a consequence views human beings as responsible to God for the wise use of all that is entrusted to them to administer in a manner in keeping with
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
STEWARD, STEWARDSHIPThe former word is a tr. of ἐπίτροπος in Mt 20:8, Lk 8:3, and of οἰκονμος in Lk 12:42, 16:1, 3, 8; the latter, of οἰκονομία in Lk 16:2, 3, 4. In v. 2 the verb οἰκονομεῖν occurs. The distinction between οἰκονομεῖν and οἰκονόμος has been variously stated. Horne treats them
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
STEWARDSHIP Responsibility to manage all the resources of life for the glory of God, acknowledging God as provider.Old Testament Asher al bayit is translated “steward” (HCSB, KJV, NIV, and NKJV) or “house steward” (NASB) (Gen. 43:19; 44:1, 4; 1 Kings 16:9). The Genesis references are to Joseph and in
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Stewardship (Gk. oikonomia, “management of a household”). The concept of stewardship is rooted in God as creator (Isa. 40:28–31). The earth is the Lord’s, including its beasts, wildlife, and inhabitants (Lev. 25:23; 1 Chron. 29:14; Ps. 24:1). All things are dependent upon God’s will (Pss. 50:10; 89:11;
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
STEWARDSHIPThe principle of stewardship is closely linked to the concept of *grace: everything comes from God as a gift and is to be administered faithfully on his behalf. There is thus both stewardship of the earth and stewardship of the gospel; stewardship of personal resources of time, money and
Key passages
Ge 2:15

And Yahweh God took the man and set him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and to keep it.

1 Ch 29:14

And indeed, who am I, and who are my people that we retain power to offer according to these offerings willingly? For everything is from you, and from your hand we have given to you.

Ps 24:1

The earth is Yahweh’s, with its fullness, the world and those who live in it,

Mt 25:14–30

For it is like a man going on a journey. He summoned his own slaves and handed over his property to them. And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each one according to his own ability, and he went on a journey immediately. The one …

Lk 12:48

But the one who did not know and did things deserving blows will be given a light beating. And from everyone to whom much has been given, much will be demanded, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will ask him for even more.

1 Co 4:1–2

Thus let a person consider us as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. In this case, moreover, it is sought in stewards that one be found faithful.

1 Pe 4:10–11

Just as each one has received a gift, use it for serving one another, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. If anyone speaks, let it be as the oracles of God; if anyone serves, let it be as by the strength that God provides, so that in all things God will be glorified through Jesus Christ, …

See also
Ge 1:14–2:25; Ge 13:1–18; Ge 15:1–21; Ge 23:1–20; Ge 33:18–20; Ge 39:1–23; Ge 43:1–44:17; Ge 46:28–47:31; Ex 22:16–31; Le 19:9–18; Le 25:1–7; Le 25:23–34; Le 27:1–34; Nu 18:8–20; Nu 26:52–65; Nu 32:28–42; Nu 33:50–34:29; Nu 36:1–13; Dt 3:12–22; Dt 8:1–20; Dt 14:22–15:6; Dt 19:1–13; Dt 26:1–15; Jos 1:1–9; Jos 13:15–14:5; Jos 15:1–12; Jos 15:20–17:18; Jos 18:11–19:51; Jos 21:1–45; Jos 23:1–24:28; Jdg 1:1–26; 1 Ki 8:22–53; 1 Ch 6:54–81; 1 Ch 16:7–36; 1 Ch 26:20–32; 1 Ch 27:25–28:21; 1 Ch 29:10–20; 2 Ch 6:12–42; 2 Ch 20:1–30; 2 Ch 33:1–9; Ne 9:1–38; Ne 11:1–36; Ps 8:1–9; Ps 16:1–11; Ps 24:1–10; Ps 37:1–40; Ps 78:32–55; Ps 105:23–45; Ps 115:1–18; Ps 135:1–136:26; Pr 2:1–3:12; Pr 10:2; Pr 11:24; Pr 13:11; Pr 13:22; Pr 18:16; Pr 19:17; Pr 21:20; Pr 27:23–27; Pr 28:27; Pr 29:3; Ec 5:8–6:12; Is 5:8–30; Is 14:1–2; Is 26:1–19; Is 57:1–13; Is 60:19–22; Je 7:1–27; Je 16:14–21; Je 25:1–14; Je 30:1–24; Je 32:16–25; Eze 11:14–25; Eze 20:1–32; Eze 33:23–29; Eze 45:1–8; Eze 48:1–29; Da 6:1–9; Am 9:11–15; Hag 2:1–9; Zec 8:1–23; Mt 6:1–4; Mt 6:19–34; Mt 19:16–26; Mt 20:1–16; Mt 21:33–46; Mt 25:14–30; Mt 27:57–66; Mk 8:34–38; Mk 10:17–22; Mk 12:1–12; Lk 3:1–20; Lk 12:13–21; Lk 12:41–48; Lk 16:1–13; Lk 18:18–27; Lk 19:11–27; Lk 20:9–18; Lk 21:1–4; Ac 2:40–47; Ac 4:32–37; Ac 6:1–7; Ac 13:13–41; Ac 20:17–38; Ro 14:1–13; 1 Co 4:1–13; 1 Co 6:12–20; 1 Co 9:1–18; 2 Co 8:1–15; 2 Co 9:6–15; Ga 2:1–10; Ga 6:6–10; Eph 3:1–7; Php 4:10–20; Col 1:24–29; 1 Th 2:1–12; 1 Ti 1:3–11; 1 Ti 3:8–13; 1 Ti 4:12–16; 1 Ti 5:3–16; 1 Ti 6:17–21; 2 Ti 1:13–18; Tt 1:1–9; Jas 5:1–6; 1 Pe 4:7–11;