Editorial: Living All Of Life To God’s Glory -- By: Stephen J. Wellum

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 19:2 (Summer 2015)
Article: Editorial: Living All Of Life To God’s Glory
Author: Stephen J. Wellum


Editorial: Living All Of Life To God’s Glory

Stephen J. Wellum

Stephen J. Wellum is Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and editor of Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He received his Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he is the author of numerous essays and articles and the co-author of Kingdom through Covenant (Crossway, 2012) and God’s Kingdom through God’s Covenants: A Concise Biblical Theology (Crossway, 2015).

At Southern Seminary, over the last couple of years, we have been enjoying the work and ministry of the Commonweal Project as it has been hosting conferences, bringing in various guest speakers from all over the country, and offering a number of lectures from Southern Seminary’s own faculty. If you are not familiar with the Commonweal Project, it is part of the Oikonomia Network, which is generously supported by a grant from The Kern Family Foundation.

Why was the Commonweal Project established? It was established to help Christians integrate the Gospel and a sound Christian theology and worldview into every area of their lives. Convinced that God’s Word and sound theology is never merely abstract, nor limited only to one sphere of life, and believing that Scripture needs to be applied to all aspects of our human existence, the Commonweal Project’s aim and goal is to promote correct biblical and theological thinking on the issues of work, vocation, economics, and general human flourishing. As creatures created in the image of God, our highest calling is to know, love, and obey our great and glorious triune God, but at the heart of that calling is to live in covenant relationship and to fulfill the very purpose of our existence. Ultimately the purpose of our existence, as Scripture teaches, is to glorify God through obedience to the creation mandate and to fulfill the Great Commission for the good of people, the truth of the Gospel, and the glory of God in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sensing that today the church and individual Christians are not instructed in these areas of work, vocation, and economics as they ought to be, the Commonweal Project’s aim is to equip Christians in these often neglected areas of our lives. Much of our discipleship in the church centers on our walk with God, but little of it wrestles with how Christians should be salt and light (Matt 5:13-16), do good to all as people as we have opportunity (Gal 6:10), to bring a Christian worldview to bear on the issues of work and economics, and how think bring Christian thinking to the public square in our civic and poli...

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