- Stewardship is 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, as Paul points out about his own call.
- Being a steward is a necessary part of believing the gospel, even if it involves sacrificing personal rewards (1 Cor 9:17).
- As the parable of the talents (Matt 25:14-30) shows, Christians will be held accountable for the way in which they manage God's affairs as stewards.
These matters include extending the church's ministry through the preaching of the gospel (Col 1:24-28), supporting the church financially (Acts 4:32-37), and ministering to the sick and needy (Matt 25:31-46).