Paul's letter to the Ephesians describes the Christian steward and his stewardship more clearly than any other single book of the Bible. While he does not provide a formal definition of the word, the truths which he expresses are the truths of stewardship in the Christian Church. Three passages are especially to be noted:
1 ...so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:12 ESV)
2 ...even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (Ephesians 1:4-5 ESV)
3 ...For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 ESV)
Raymond Olson, Stewards Appointed: Ten Studies in Christian Stewardship based on Luther's Small Catechism, page 10.
Wayne Knolhoff, Director of the Center for Stewardship at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.