Christian Economics: Stewardship, Faith, and Values

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Age Group

Adult

Brief Description

Extensions is an undated adult Bible study resource which is organized by topic. Each book has five sessions with life-cycle options, complete with any needed reproducible handouts. The life-cycles are: Adults in College, Adults with Children, Adults without Children, and Launching Adults.

The Christian study of economics is in essence a study of discipleship. Although it involves the study of money, it is not solely the study of money. Christian economics involves all areas of life: time, relationships, community, food, shelter, nature, possessions, service, amount of time spent in prayer, worship. You get the picture!

Which brings me to a confession regarding this book. Although several of the above items are mentioned somewhere in the following pages, we had to be selective in choosing which areas of our economic lives would receive focused attention in this study.

Christian Economics has one basic premise: Christian economics is a study of values. Everyone has values. Some are good. Some not so good. As Christians, we want to bring to the arena of economic decision-making the same values God portrays throughout scripture. The values of God are seen in the oft-repeated stories of creation and redemption.

Session One establishes broad definitions of economics and stewardship. We also see that our values concerning community, relationships, other people, and the environment are clearly expressed in the marketplace. Scripture lessons also inform us that the values of God are demonstrated in the acts of creation and redemption.

Session Two relates our understandings of food to Christian economics. This session deals with the issue of food and the ways in which being a consumer of food can be an avenue of Christian discipleship. Also explored is how the production, distribution, and consumption of food may or may not reflect our Christian values.

Session Three provides guidelines from the gospel which should inform our choices relating to the owning of those items which serve only selfish needs. By learning to ask the right questions prior to a purchase, we will see how such purchases affect our relationship with God, others and self and our Christian witness.

Session Four does not seek to supply a list of wise investments, or even suggest what type of investments should be considered; however, it does seek to lay a biblical/theological foundation for economic investments from a creation-conscious perspective.

Session Five explores the creative ways to respond to social causes in ways that go beyond the giving of finances. Careful consumerism and donating time and service are two such ways of offering help when there is too much month left at the end of the money.

by Sam Roberts

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