Overview (Sabbath Quarterly, Q1 2018 Companion Book)

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We live in a world filled with chaos and selfishness. Even churchgoers often attend with an attitude of “What’s in it for me?” Others search for inner peace while refusing to be accountable. Do we know what our purpose is? Author John Mathews believes the answer may be found in a topic that some might find boring or irrelevant—stewardship.

We want to be stewards who know how to live, behave, and give in a world of chaos, so that ultimately our life is lived with freedom. This book is about the ways we relate to God as the Owner of all we have; the management of our possessions; and about our overall relationship with money.

When stewardship encompasses so much of what we do and who we are, why focus on money, possessions, wealth, and giving? Because at this time in history, people’s wealth and their love of money are the greatest threats to God’s church. Money is God’s competitor.

Our prayer—as we learn how to be successful, relevant, and happy in managing our tangible and intangible possessions for God’s glory—is that one day we will each hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

John Mathews is the stewardship director for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He is an ordained minister, graduated from Southern Adventist University, and holds a doctor of ministry degree from Andrews University. John’s passion is teaching stewardship principles, especially as they relate to the spirituality of money management in postemodern culture. He is married to Janice Schram Mathews.

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