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NAD Stewardship Ministries director John Matthews writes:
Money has always been a problem for God’s people, and modern consumerism isn’t helping. However, we do not have to succumb to its power. The Sabbath School Quarterly for the first quarter of 2018 is about the management of our possessions, about our relationship with money, and about the ways we relate to God as the Owner of all we have.
To start with, stewardship is not a bad word. I once heard Dave Ramsey say, that he spent a lot of money buying www.stewardship.com for the specific purpose of redefining it. Here is my definition; “Stewardship is the management of our tangible and intangible possessions for God’s glory.” How are you doing in a world of financial chaos where people chase possessions and wealth, considering these to be what life is all about?
In Stewardship, Motives of the Heart, our journey gives this topic another look. The quarterly, along with the companion book, deals with how we are to face the allure and satisfaction possessions of this world offers us. We must put materialism in its place in light of eternity. Our identity must be wrapped up in Jesus, not in our possessions. The outcome will be living a life of contentment. Jesus will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:23 NIV).
FIRST QUARTER SABBATH SCHOOL QUARTERLY ON STEWARDSHIP SINCE THE 1970S!
- Short video introductions from John Matthews (Lesson 1 below)
- “What was I Thinking?” -- a short thought that can be used to begin a class discussion about each day’s lesson
- Additional resources from General Conference Stewardship Ministries
- 5-minute discussion starter video series from the South Pacific Division
- Have you visited the Adult Bible Study Guide website? You will find a teacher’s edition, Spanish edition, and an Easy Reading edition of each quarterly.
- CQ (Collegiate Quarterly) provides study guides for young people. Its website provides:
- Do you have a busy life style? This link allows you to listen to each lesson.
- Additional companion book: Ellen G. White comments about stewardship.
- Doug Batchelor’s teaching on Stewardship: Motives of the Heart.