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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lent Stewardship Reflections

Invitation from the Eco-Justice program, NCC USA
During this season of Lent, we invite you to reflect on some of the many Biblical teachings that call us, as Christians, to be good stewards of God’s Creation and seek justice for all of our brothers and sisters.

This Lent, we will be sharing reflections on scripture that we feel speaks to the importance and role of eco-justice in our communities.

Each week, we will post these reflections on our blog. The scripture that we will be basing our reflections on are:
•    Week 1: Ezekiel 34:18-19
•    Week 2: John 20:21-22
•    Week 3: Acts 2:44-45 
•    Week 4: Mark 8:1-9
•    Week 5: Matthew 18:20 
•    Week 6: John 20:24-27   

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+