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  • A practical “Theology of Work” for more of a workshop setting\n
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  • God gave man work to do in this perfect paradise. \nBy implication, we extend the whole to the parts( it was very good as a whole applies to work, too)\nIn the new heaven and the new earth, men will continue to work as rulers.\n\n
  • God gave man work to do in this perfect paradise. \nBy implication, we extend the whole to the parts( it was very good as a whole applies to work, too)\nIn the new heaven and the new earth, men will continue to work as rulers.\n\n
  • God gave man work to do in this perfect paradise. \nBy implication, we extend the whole to the parts( it was very good as a whole applies to work, too)\nIn the new heaven and the new earth, men will continue to work as rulers.\n\n
  • God gave man work to do in this perfect paradise. \nBy implication, we extend the whole to the parts( it was very good as a whole applies to work, too)\nIn the new heaven and the new earth, men will continue to work as rulers.\n\n
  • God gave man work to do in this perfect paradise. \nBy implication, we extend the whole to the parts( it was very good as a whole applies to work, too)\nIn the new heaven and the new earth, men will continue to work as rulers.\n\n
  • The ground, not the work is cursed by the Lord.\n\nThe curse causes opposition and deterioration (i.e., rust, wear, weeds, aging)\n\nNote that man’s hunger for autonomy wasn’t the product of the Fall, but rather the cause of the Fall. God’s antidote to this is PAIN. Thus, man’s labor is now opposed. \n\nWe’ve learned by experience not to be too optimistic about the ease with which our work will be completed. The toil in our labor reminds us that this is not our home! Heaven will be “unlimited creativity without frustration.”\n
  • The ground, not the work is cursed by the Lord.\n\nThe curse causes opposition and deterioration (i.e., rust, wear, weeds, aging)\n\nNote that man’s hunger for autonomy wasn’t the product of the Fall, but rather the cause of the Fall. God’s antidote to this is PAIN. Thus, man’s labor is now opposed. \n\nWe’ve learned by experience not to be too optimistic about the ease with which our work will be completed. The toil in our labor reminds us that this is not our home! Heaven will be “unlimited creativity without frustration.”\n
  • The ground, not the work is cursed by the Lord.\n\nThe curse causes opposition and deterioration (i.e., rust, wear, weeds, aging)\n\nNote that man’s hunger for autonomy wasn’t the product of the Fall, but rather the cause of the Fall. God’s antidote to this is PAIN. Thus, man’s labor is now opposed. \n\nWe’ve learned by experience not to be too optimistic about the ease with which our work will be completed. The toil in our labor reminds us that this is not our home! Heaven will be “unlimited creativity without frustration.”\n
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  • God gave man work to do in this perfect paradise. \nBy implication, we extend the whole to the parts( it was very good as a whole applies to work, too)\nIn the new heaven and the new earth, men will continue to work as rulers.\n\n
  • God gave man work to do in this perfect paradise. \nBy implication, we extend the whole to the parts( it was very good as a whole applies to work, too)\nIn the new heaven and the new earth, men will continue to work as rulers.\n\n
  • God gave man work to do in this perfect paradise. \nBy implication, we extend the whole to the parts( it was very good as a whole applies to work, too)\nIn the new heaven and the new earth, men will continue to work as rulers.\n\n
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  • Death after retirement: Shell Oil Study of , Aug. 2005 Mortality was higher in employees who retired at 55 than in those who continued working.\nSource: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1273451\n\n
  • Death after retirement: Shell Oil Study of , Aug. 2005 Mortality was higher in employees who retired at 55 than in those who continued working.\nSource: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1273451\n\n
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  • No worky, no eaty. The Christian community is not a welfare state. The lazy go hungry; the poor receive charity.\n\n
  • No worky, no eaty. The Christian community is not a welfare state. The lazy go hungry; the poor receive charity.\n\n
  • No worky, no eaty. The Christian community is not a welfare state. The lazy go hungry; the poor receive charity.\n\n
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  • Jesus was, no doubt, the most skillful, faithful, and diligent employee the world has ever known. \nHe must have produced some magnificent pieces of woodworking!\n\n
  • Jesus was, no doubt, the most skillful, faithful, and diligent employee the world has ever known. \nHe must have produced some magnificent pieces of woodworking!\n\n
  • Jesus was, no doubt, the most skillful, faithful, and diligent employee the world has ever known. \nHe must have produced some magnificent pieces of woodworking!\n\n
  • Jesus was, no doubt, the most skillful, faithful, and diligent employee the world has ever known. \nHe must have produced some magnificent pieces of woodworking!\n\n
  • Jesus was, no doubt, the most skillful, faithful, and diligent employee the world has ever known. \nHe must have produced some magnificent pieces of woodworking!\n\n
  • Jesus was, no doubt, the most skillful, faithful, and diligent employee the world has ever known. \nHe must have produced some magnificent pieces of woodworking!\n\n
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  • We are to work a.) heartily and b.) to the Audience of One. My boss isn’t my true boss - the Lord is my actual Employer.\n We are called to do our work as unto the Lord instead of seeking to impress and please people\nSo, take instruction from superiors as you would take instruction from Jesus.\n\nGod intends that work have a strong spiritual component. He demands that it be focused on Him as the recipient of my work, not men.\nThus, I don’t serve customers, I don’t serve coworkers; I serve the living God in my workplace.\n\n\n\n
  • We are to work a.) heartily and b.) to the Audience of One. My boss isn’t my true boss - the Lord is my actual Employer.\n We are called to do our work as unto the Lord instead of seeking to impress and please people\nSo, take instruction from superiors as you would take instruction from Jesus.\n\nGod intends that work have a strong spiritual component. He demands that it be focused on Him as the recipient of my work, not men.\nThus, I don’t serve customers, I don’t serve coworkers; I serve the living God in my workplace.\n\n\n\n
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  • In this, Paul’s final recorded communication to his disciple, Timothy, Paul gives Timothy various advice about life and ministry, one piece of which is the warning against entanglement. As a soldier of Christ, Timothy essentially is to be careful not to become entangled in everyday affairs (like work) lest he displease his Commanding Officer.\nFor most men, work is the entangling net that prevents them from effective service to the Lord and to their families.\n\n\n\n
  • 1. How would my spouse, children, and close friends answer this question of me? \n
  • 1. How would my spouse, children, and close friends answer this question of me? \n
  • 1. How would my spouse, children, and close friends answer this question of me? \n
  • 1. How would my spouse, children, and close friends answer this question of me? \n
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  • Biblically, I work for 3 reasons:\n1. God commands it\n2. It’s the environment to demonstrate an eternal hope to a lost world\n3. Glorify God\n\nNote that a vehicle is not the same as a source any more than a conveyor belt is the same as the item it transports.\n\n2Th.3:10 “…if any would not work, neither should he eat.” Paul is not arguing that we work to eat, otherwise he would contradict himself and Jesus’ words. He is saying that God gave labor to man, and if he refuses to work, provision should not be made for him. Though God may use my job to provide for me, I must not look to my job as the source of my provision.\n
  • Biblically, I work for 3 reasons:\n1. God commands it\n2. It’s the environment to demonstrate an eternal hope to a lost world\n3. Glorify God\n\nNote that a vehicle is not the same as a source any more than a conveyor belt is the same as the item it transports.\n\n2Th.3:10 “…if any would not work, neither should he eat.” Paul is not arguing that we work to eat, otherwise he would contradict himself and Jesus’ words. He is saying that God gave labor to man, and if he refuses to work, provision should not be made for him. Though God may use my job to provide for me, I must not look to my job as the source of my provision.\n
  • Biblically, I work for 3 reasons:\n1. God commands it\n2. It’s the environment to demonstrate an eternal hope to a lost world\n3. Glorify God\n\nNote that a vehicle is not the same as a source any more than a conveyor belt is the same as the item it transports.\n\n2Th.3:10 “…if any would not work, neither should he eat.” Paul is not arguing that we work to eat, otherwise he would contradict himself and Jesus’ words. He is saying that God gave labor to man, and if he refuses to work, provision should not be made for him. Though God may use my job to provide for me, I must not look to my job as the source of my provision.\n
  • Biblically, I work for 3 reasons:\n1. God commands it\n2. It’s the environment to demonstrate an eternal hope to a lost world\n3. Glorify God\n\nNote that a vehicle is not the same as a source any more than a conveyor belt is the same as the item it transports.\n\n2Th.3:10 “…if any would not work, neither should he eat.” Paul is not arguing that we work to eat, otherwise he would contradict himself and Jesus’ words. He is saying that God gave labor to man, and if he refuses to work, provision should not be made for him. Though God may use my job to provide for me, I must not look to my job as the source of my provision.\n
  • Drunkards inheriting kingdom of God: they won’t, but that doesn’t mean that if they don’t drink, that they will inherit the kingdom of God. It’s a one-way street.\n
  • Drunkards inheriting kingdom of God: they won’t, but that doesn’t mean that if they don’t drink, that they will inherit the kingdom of God. It’s a one-way street.\n
  • Drunkards inheriting kingdom of God: they won’t, but that doesn’t mean that if they don’t drink, that they will inherit the kingdom of God. It’s a one-way street.\n
  • Drunkards inheriting kingdom of God: they won’t, but that doesn’t mean that if they don’t drink, that they will inherit the kingdom of God. It’s a one-way street.\n
  • Drunkards inheriting kingdom of God: they won’t, but that doesn’t mean that if they don’t drink, that they will inherit the kingdom of God. It’s a one-way street.\n
  • While this verse may imply that I am the Provider, other verses explicitly state that God alone is the provider. It is in Him alone that I live, move, and have my being. Interpretation of this verse hinges on allowing the explicit to interpret the implicit.\n Don’t confuse the vehicle or means of provision with the Source of provision. This verse addresses my responsibility not to withhold provision from my family, and implicitly, my responsibility to work so that a measure of provision can occur.\n Out of what He has provided, He holds me accountable to distribute this provision to my family, else He hold me accountable.\n We take on too much of this responsibility...“I work so hard to provide my family...” It consumes me, then is used as an excuse. Then we mislead our family into thinking that WE are the provider, rather than the Lord.\n
  • While this verse may imply that I am the Provider, other verses explicitly state that God alone is the provider. It is in Him alone that I live, move, and have my being. Interpretation of this verse hinges on allowing the explicit to interpret the implicit.\n Don’t confuse the vehicle or means of provision with the Source of provision. This verse addresses my responsibility not to withhold provision from my family, and implicitly, my responsibility to work so that a measure of provision can occur.\n Out of what He has provided, He holds me accountable to distribute this provision to my family, else He hold me accountable.\n We take on too much of this responsibility...“I work so hard to provide my family...” It consumes me, then is used as an excuse. Then we mislead our family into thinking that WE are the provider, rather than the Lord.\n
  • While this verse may imply that I am the Provider, other verses explicitly state that God alone is the provider. It is in Him alone that I live, move, and have my being. Interpretation of this verse hinges on allowing the explicit to interpret the implicit.\n Don’t confuse the vehicle or means of provision with the Source of provision. This verse addresses my responsibility not to withhold provision from my family, and implicitly, my responsibility to work so that a measure of provision can occur.\n Out of what He has provided, He holds me accountable to distribute this provision to my family, else He hold me accountable.\n We take on too much of this responsibility...“I work so hard to provide my family...” It consumes me, then is used as an excuse. Then we mislead our family into thinking that WE are the provider, rather than the Lord.\n
  • This principle addresses invisible, and often very subtle motives and understanding the tension between divine/human activity and results. But the manifestation of this motivation creates radically different results.\n\nIf I conclude that the meeting of my needs is solely my responsibility, then my attitude in the marketplace will be to use and manipulate people in order to get my needs met.\n\nIllustration of the Pastor who works to earn a living. He working hard solely for the purpose of getting a raise, or taking speaking engagements solely for the highest honorarium. He is in the wrong vocation, preaching the Gospel for “filthy lucre” (1 Peter 5:2). All beleivers are in full time Christian work. The only difference between the pastor and the laity is how the ministry is funded. If it is wrong for a pastor to view his pulpit as the means to earn a living (and it is), so also for all of God’s people irrespective of their vocation.\n\nDon’t confuse the means with the source. God may use my job or company as the vehicle of His provision, but it is not the source of His provision. \n\nFurther, 8-5, M-F becomes “my time” whereas Sunday is “God’s time.” My Christianity will have no significant role in my work life, just in my church life. I will justify compromising my character and integrity in face of financial or emotional setbacks.\n\nThis principle is really tested in times of overwork and being fired.\n\n\n
  • This principle addresses invisible, and often very subtle motives and understanding the tension between divine/human activity and results. But the manifestation of this motivation creates radically different results.\n\nIf I conclude that the meeting of my needs is solely my responsibility, then my attitude in the marketplace will be to use and manipulate people in order to get my needs met.\n\nIllustration of the Pastor who works to earn a living. He working hard solely for the purpose of getting a raise, or taking speaking engagements solely for the highest honorarium. He is in the wrong vocation, preaching the Gospel for “filthy lucre” (1 Peter 5:2). All beleivers are in full time Christian work. The only difference between the pastor and the laity is how the ministry is funded. If it is wrong for a pastor to view his pulpit as the means to earn a living (and it is), so also for all of God’s people irrespective of their vocation.\n\nDon’t confuse the means with the source. God may use my job or company as the vehicle of His provision, but it is not the source of His provision. \n\nFurther, 8-5, M-F becomes “my time” whereas Sunday is “God’s time.” My Christianity will have no significant role in my work life, just in my church life. I will justify compromising my character and integrity in face of financial or emotional setbacks.\n\nThis principle is really tested in times of overwork and being fired.\n\n\n
  • This principle addresses invisible, and often very subtle motives and understanding the tension between divine/human activity and results. But the manifestation of this motivation creates radically different results.\n\nIf I conclude that the meeting of my needs is solely my responsibility, then my attitude in the marketplace will be to use and manipulate people in order to get my needs met.\n\nIllustration of the Pastor who works to earn a living. He working hard solely for the purpose of getting a raise, or taking speaking engagements solely for the highest honorarium. He is in the wrong vocation, preaching the Gospel for “filthy lucre” (1 Peter 5:2). All beleivers are in full time Christian work. The only difference between the pastor and the laity is how the ministry is funded. If it is wrong for a pastor to view his pulpit as the means to earn a living (and it is), so also for all of God’s people irrespective of their vocation.\n\nDon’t confuse the means with the source. God may use my job or company as the vehicle of His provision, but it is not the source of His provision. \n\nFurther, 8-5, M-F becomes “my time” whereas Sunday is “God’s time.” My Christianity will have no significant role in my work life, just in my church life. I will justify compromising my character and integrity in face of financial or emotional setbacks.\n\nThis principle is really tested in times of overwork and being fired.\n\n\n
  • This principle addresses invisible, and often very subtle motives and understanding the tension between divine/human activity and results. But the manifestation of this motivation creates radically different results.\n\nIf I conclude that the meeting of my needs is solely my responsibility, then my attitude in the marketplace will be to use and manipulate people in order to get my needs met.\n\nIllustration of the Pastor who works to earn a living. He working hard solely for the purpose of getting a raise, or taking speaking engagements solely for the highest honorarium. He is in the wrong vocation, preaching the Gospel for “filthy lucre” (1 Peter 5:2). All beleivers are in full time Christian work. The only difference between the pastor and the laity is how the ministry is funded. If it is wrong for a pastor to view his pulpit as the means to earn a living (and it is), so also for all of God’s people irrespective of their vocation.\n\nDon’t confuse the means with the source. God may use my job or company as the vehicle of His provision, but it is not the source of His provision. \n\nFurther, 8-5, M-F becomes “my time” whereas Sunday is “God’s time.” My Christianity will have no significant role in my work life, just in my church life. I will justify compromising my character and integrity in face of financial or emotional setbacks.\n\nThis principle is really tested in times of overwork and being fired.\n\n\n
  • This principle addresses invisible, and often very subtle motives and understanding the tension between divine/human activity and results. But the manifestation of this motivation creates radically different results.\n\nIf I conclude that the meeting of my needs is solely my responsibility, then my attitude in the marketplace will be to use and manipulate people in order to get my needs met.\n\nIllustration of the Pastor who works to earn a living. He working hard solely for the purpose of getting a raise, or taking speaking engagements solely for the highest honorarium. He is in the wrong vocation, preaching the Gospel for “filthy lucre” (1 Peter 5:2). All beleivers are in full time Christian work. The only difference between the pastor and the laity is how the ministry is funded. If it is wrong for a pastor to view his pulpit as the means to earn a living (and it is), so also for all of God’s people irrespective of their vocation.\n\nDon’t confuse the means with the source. God may use my job or company as the vehicle of His provision, but it is not the source of His provision. \n\nFurther, 8-5, M-F becomes “my time” whereas Sunday is “God’s time.” My Christianity will have no significant role in my work life, just in my church life. I will justify compromising my character and integrity in face of financial or emotional setbacks.\n\nThis principle is really tested in times of overwork and being fired.\n\n\n
  • This principle addresses invisible, and often very subtle motives and understanding the tension between divine/human activity and results. But the manifestation of this motivation creates radically different results.\n\nIf I conclude that the meeting of my needs is solely my responsibility, then my attitude in the marketplace will be to use and manipulate people in order to get my needs met.\n\nIllustration of the Pastor who works to earn a living. He working hard solely for the purpose of getting a raise, or taking speaking engagements solely for the highest honorarium. He is in the wrong vocation, preaching the Gospel for “filthy lucre” (1 Peter 5:2). All beleivers are in full time Christian work. The only difference between the pastor and the laity is how the ministry is funded. If it is wrong for a pastor to view his pulpit as the means to earn a living (and it is), so also for all of God’s people irrespective of their vocation.\n\nDon’t confuse the means with the source. God may use my job or company as the vehicle of His provision, but it is not the source of His provision. \n\nFurther, 8-5, M-F becomes “my time” whereas Sunday is “God’s time.” My Christianity will have no significant role in my work life, just in my church life. I will justify compromising my character and integrity in face of financial or emotional setbacks.\n\nThis principle is really tested in times of overwork and being fired.\n\n\n
  • To believe there is a cause/effect relationship is to leave no room for Providence.\nIllustration:\n1. Wheat Farmer: drought, heat, wind, hail, tornado, earthquake, disease, insects can thwart his work\n2. CEO tripling his net work from a Stock market increase vs. the Guatemalan farmer\n
  • To believe there is a cause/effect relationship is to leave no room for Providence.\nIllustration:\n1. Wheat Farmer: drought, heat, wind, hail, tornado, earthquake, disease, insects can thwart his work\n2. CEO tripling his net work from a Stock market increase vs. the Guatemalan farmer\n
  • To believe there is a cause/effect relationship is to leave no room for Providence.\nIllustration:\n1. Wheat Farmer: drought, heat, wind, hail, tornado, earthquake, disease, insects can thwart his work\n2. CEO tripling his net work from a Stock market increase vs. the Guatemalan farmer\n
  • To believe there is a cause/effect relationship is to leave no room for Providence.\nIllustration:\n1. Wheat Farmer: drought, heat, wind, hail, tornado, earthquake, disease, insects can thwart his work\n2. CEO tripling his net work from a Stock market increase vs. the Guatemalan farmer\n
  • Ps. 147:8-9 “ [The Lord] provides rain for the earth…makes grass to grow on the mountains…gives to the beast its food.”\nGe.2:7-9 “Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is…good for food”\n
  • Ps. 147:8-9 “ [The Lord] provides rain for the earth…makes grass to grow on the mountains…gives to the beast its food.”\nGe.2:7-9 “Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is…good for food”\n
  • Ps. 147:8-9 “ [The Lord] provides rain for the earth…makes grass to grow on the mountains…gives to the beast its food.”\nGe.2:7-9 “Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is…good for food”\n
  • God may block my labor due to my sin or because of His perfect plan for my life.\n\n
  • God may block my labor due to my sin or because of His perfect plan for my life.\n\n
  • God may block my labor due to my sin or because of His perfect plan for my life.\n\n
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  • God may assign value to what I produce because of His love relationship with me, but that does not mean that there is any intrinsic value in the product I produce, because, ultimately, He’ll burn it.\nIllustration: Child’s refrigerator art\n\n
  • A car has utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value-it will rust and become worthless in time.\n\nIn the process of work, I can magnify, exemplify, and glorify God in the environment of the lost.\n\nProductivity in our work doesn’t interest God, but rather the focus of our work. Thus, the man in the prison for his faith is as productive for God as the great evangelist. Great equalizers of the human race.\n\nTwo people can be doing the exact same labor, with one participating in the program of God, and the other not. The fruit of the labor is the same, but the focus is different.\n
  • A car has utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value-it will rust and become worthless in time.\n\nIn the process of work, I can magnify, exemplify, and glorify God in the environment of the lost.\n\nProductivity in our work doesn’t interest God, but rather the focus of our work. Thus, the man in the prison for his faith is as productive for God as the great evangelist. Great equalizers of the human race.\n\nTwo people can be doing the exact same labor, with one participating in the program of God, and the other not. The fruit of the labor is the same, but the focus is different.\n
  • A car has utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value-it will rust and become worthless in time.\n\nIn the process of work, I can magnify, exemplify, and glorify God in the environment of the lost.\n\nProductivity in our work doesn’t interest God, but rather the focus of our work. Thus, the man in the prison for his faith is as productive for God as the great evangelist. Great equalizers of the human race.\n\nTwo people can be doing the exact same labor, with one participating in the program of God, and the other not. The fruit of the labor is the same, but the focus is different.\n
  • A car has utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value-it will rust and become worthless in time.\n\nIn the process of work, I can magnify, exemplify, and glorify God in the environment of the lost.\n\nProductivity in our work doesn’t interest God, but rather the focus of our work. Thus, the man in the prison for his faith is as productive for God as the great evangelist. Great equalizers of the human race.\n\nTwo people can be doing the exact same labor, with one participating in the program of God, and the other not. The fruit of the labor is the same, but the focus is different.\n
  • A car has utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value-it will rust and become worthless in time.\n\nIn the process of work, I can magnify, exemplify, and glorify God in the environment of the lost.\n\nProductivity in our work doesn’t interest God, but rather the focus of our work. Thus, the man in the prison for his faith is as productive for God as the great evangelist. Great equalizers of the human race.\n\nTwo people can be doing the exact same labor, with one participating in the program of God, and the other not. The fruit of the labor is the same, but the focus is different.\n
  • A car has utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value-it will rust and become worthless in time.\n\nIn the process of work, I can magnify, exemplify, and glorify God in the environment of the lost.\n\nProductivity in our work doesn’t interest God, but rather the focus of our work. Thus, the man in the prison for his faith is as productive for God as the great evangelist. Great equalizers of the human race.\n\nTwo people can be doing the exact same labor, with one participating in the program of God, and the other not. The fruit of the labor is the same, but the focus is different.\n
  • 1Cor. 3:10 ¶ According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. \n1Cor. 3:11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. \n1Cor. 3:12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, \n1Cor. 3:13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. \n1Cor. 3:14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. \n1Cor. 3:15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. \n
  • 1Cor. 3:10 ¶ According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. \n1Cor. 3:11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. \n1Cor. 3:12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, \n1Cor. 3:13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. \n1Cor. 3:14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. \n1Cor. 3:15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. \n
  • 1Cor. 3:10 ¶ According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. \n1Cor. 3:11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. \n1Cor. 3:12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, \n1Cor. 3:13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. \n1Cor. 3:14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. \n1Cor. 3:15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. \n
  • 1Cor. 3:10 ¶ According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. \n1Cor. 3:11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. \n1Cor. 3:12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, \n1Cor. 3:13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. \n1Cor. 3:14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. \n1Cor. 3:15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. \n
  • Must derive our identity from our relationship with the Lord, not work\nIf we do not derive our identity from our relationship with the Lord, our work will tend to shape and define us. \n True importance is not found in position or prestige, but in:\n How our work is done \n Audience for whom we do it\nWe tend to value “mental labor” more than we value “manual labor” jobs, but both are valuable in God’s sight. All honest professions are honorable. It is always a mistake to compare ourselves with others.\n\n\n
  • Must derive our identity from our relationship with the Lord, not work\nIf we do not derive our identity from our relationship with the Lord, our work will tend to shape and define us. \n True importance is not found in position or prestige, but in:\n How our work is done \n Audience for whom we do it\nWe tend to value “mental labor” more than we value “manual labor” jobs, but both are valuable in God’s sight. All honest professions are honorable. It is always a mistake to compare ourselves with others.\n\n\n
  • If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: \nPhil. 3:5 circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; \nPhil. 3:6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. \nPhil. 3:7 ¶ But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. \nPhil. 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, \n
  • If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: \nPhil. 3:5 circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; \nPhil. 3:6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. \nPhil. 3:7 ¶ But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. \nPhil. 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, \n
  • Joseph was as significant in God’s economy when in prison as when Prime Minister of Egypt.\n\nMoses was as significant during the second 40 yrs. Of his life in the desert region of Midian as in his last 40 yrs. As God’s deliverer. Significance is only found in being part of the family of God.\n
  • He has made us “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Ro.8:17)\n\nThere are no other biblical grounds for significance. I am significant only because God declares me so. It’s not my beauty, my intelligence, my wealth, my fame, my big church, my big company, my big political position. These are all gifts and opportunities from God, which He gives and distributes unequally. Period.\n
  • He has made us “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Ro.8:17)\n\nThere are no other biblical grounds for significance. I am significant only because God declares me so. It’s not my beauty, my intelligence, my wealth, my fame, my big church, my big company, my big political position. These are all gifts and opportunities from God, which He gives and distributes unequally. Period.\n
  • He has made us “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Ro.8:17)\n\nThere are no other biblical grounds for significance. I am significant only because God declares me so. It’s not my beauty, my intelligence, my wealth, my fame, my big church, my big company, my big political position. These are all gifts and opportunities from God, which He gives and distributes unequally. Period.\n
  • He has made us “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Ro.8:17)\n\nThere are no other biblical grounds for significance. I am significant only because God declares me so. It’s not my beauty, my intelligence, my wealth, my fame, my big church, my big company, my big political position. These are all gifts and opportunities from God, which He gives and distributes unequally. Period.\n
  • All that I am and have are gifts from Him, and having nothing to do with my value. I’m valuable because he declares me eternally valuable.\n\n
  • All that I am and have are gifts from Him, and having nothing to do with my value. I’m valuable because he declares me eternally valuable.\n\n
  • All that I am and have are gifts from Him, and having nothing to do with my value. I’m valuable because he declares me eternally valuable.\n\n
  • All that I am and have are gifts from Him, and having nothing to do with my value. I’m valuable because he declares me eternally valuable.\n\n
  • All that I am and have are gifts from Him, and having nothing to do with my value. I’m valuable because he declares me eternally valuable.\n\n
  • "His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love." Psalm 147:10-11 To believe that He needs our skills to accomplish His mission on earth would be to lower our understanding of an all-encompassing and all-powerful God. \nSometimes we forget Who we’re serving:\nGod is Self-sufficient -He needs nothing from me; I add nothing to Him or to His work.\nEx 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.\nActs 17:24-25 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;\nRomans 11:35-36 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.\n\n
  • "His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love." Psalm 147:10-11 To believe that He needs our skills to accomplish His mission on earth would be to lower our understanding of an all-encompassing and all-powerful God. \nSometimes we forget Who we’re serving:\nGod is Self-sufficient -He needs nothing from me; I add nothing to Him or to His work.\nEx 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.\nActs 17:24-25 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;\nRomans 11:35-36 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.\n\n
  • "His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love." Psalm 147:10-11 To believe that He needs our skills to accomplish His mission on earth would be to lower our understanding of an all-encompassing and all-powerful God. \nSometimes we forget Who we’re serving:\nGod is Self-sufficient -He needs nothing from me; I add nothing to Him or to His work.\nEx 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.\nActs 17:24-25 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;\nRomans 11:35-36 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.\n\n
  • "His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love." Psalm 147:10-11 To believe that He needs our skills to accomplish His mission on earth would be to lower our understanding of an all-encompassing and all-powerful God. \nSometimes we forget Who we’re serving:\nGod is Self-sufficient -He needs nothing from me; I add nothing to Him or to His work.\nEx 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.\nActs 17:24-25 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;\nRomans 11:35-36 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.\n\n
  • "His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love." Psalm 147:10-11 To believe that He needs our skills to accomplish His mission on earth would be to lower our understanding of an all-encompassing and all-powerful God. \nSometimes we forget Who we’re serving:\nGod is Self-sufficient -He needs nothing from me; I add nothing to Him or to His work.\nEx 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.\nActs 17:24-25 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;\nRomans 11:35-36 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.\n\n
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  • Can’t Contribute: \n2Cor. 3:5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, \nPsa. 115:3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. \nEccl. 3:14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. \nPsa. 127:1 ¶ Unless the LORD builds the house,\nThey labor in vain who build it;\nUnless the LORD guards the city,\nThe watchman keeps awake in vain. \nPsa. 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early,\nTo retire late,\nTo eat the bread of painful labors;\nFor He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. \n
  • Can’t Contribute: \n2Cor. 3:5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, \nPsa. 115:3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. \nEccl. 3:14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. \nPsa. 127:1 ¶ Unless the LORD builds the house,\nThey labor in vain who build it;\nUnless the LORD guards the city,\nThe watchman keeps awake in vain. \nPsa. 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early,\nTo retire late,\nTo eat the bread of painful labors;\nFor He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. \n
  • Can’t Contribute: \n2Cor. 3:5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, \nPsa. 115:3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. \nEccl. 3:14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. \nPsa. 127:1 ¶ Unless the LORD builds the house,\nThey labor in vain who build it;\nUnless the LORD guards the city,\nThe watchman keeps awake in vain. \nPsa. 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early,\nTo retire late,\nTo eat the bread of painful labors;\nFor He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. \n
  • Can’t Contribute: \n2Cor. 3:5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, \nPsa. 115:3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. \nEccl. 3:14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. \nPsa. 127:1 ¶ Unless the LORD builds the house,\nThey labor in vain who build it;\nUnless the LORD guards the city,\nThe watchman keeps awake in vain. \nPsa. 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early,\nTo retire late,\nTo eat the bread of painful labors;\nFor He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. \n
  • Can contribute.\n“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” John 4:34\nIn the conversation between Esther and Mordecai about Haman’s plot to exterminate the Jews, Mordecai suggested that Esther could participate in God’s solution, but if she elected not to, God would bring deliverance from another quarter.\n\n
  • Can contribute.\n“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” John 4:34\nIn the conversation between Esther and Mordecai about Haman’s plot to exterminate the Jews, Mordecai suggested that Esther could participate in God’s solution, but if she elected not to, God would bring deliverance from another quarter.\n\n
  • Work becomes so inflated in importance that it can overwhelm relational commitments.\nWe take ourselves too seriously when we think God needs what we have to offer.\nWhen leaders attempt to build ministry empires by using people to serve their visions, they make the mistakes of trying to measure the ministry and of basing their significance upon their accomplishments.\n
  • Work becomes so inflated in importance that it can overwhelm relational commitments.\nWe take ourselves too seriously when we think God needs what we have to offer.\nWhen leaders attempt to build ministry empires by using people to serve their visions, they make the mistakes of trying to measure the ministry and of basing their significance upon their accomplishments.\n
  • Work becomes so inflated in importance that it can overwhelm relational commitments.\nWe take ourselves too seriously when we think God needs what we have to offer.\nWhen leaders attempt to build ministry empires by using people to serve their visions, they make the mistakes of trying to measure the ministry and of basing their significance upon their accomplishments.\n
  • Work becomes so inflated in importance that it can overwhelm relational commitments.\nWe take ourselves too seriously when we think God needs what we have to offer.\nWhen leaders attempt to build ministry empires by using people to serve their visions, they make the mistakes of trying to measure the ministry and of basing their significance upon their accomplishments.\n
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A Biblical Look at Work A Biblical Look at Work Presentation Transcript

  • A Biblical Look at Work Dr. Ken Boa and Bill Ibsen © Dr. Kenneth Boa & Bill Ibsen 2006.  All Rights Reserved.
  • 2The Problem
  • 2The Problem Most of my waking life is spent at work
  • 2The Problem Most of my waking life is spent at work “Ministry is sacred, but work is secular”
  • 2The Problem Most of my waking life is spent at work “Ministry is sacred, but work is secular” “People in full-time ministry work for what God values”
  • 2The Problem Most of my waking life is spent at work “Ministry is sacred, but work is secular” “People in full-time ministry work for what God values” “People in the marketplace work for money (‘filthy lucre’)”
  • 2The Problem Most of my waking life is spent at work “Ministry is sacred, but work is secular” “People in full-time ministry work for what God values” “People in the marketplace work for money (‘filthy lucre’)” “Most of my life doesn’t count in God’s economy”
  • 2The Problem Most of my waking life is spent at work “Ministry is sacred, but work is secular” “People in full-time ministry work for what God values” “People in the marketplace work for money (‘filthy lucre’)” “Most of my life doesn’t count in God’s economy” “Business people are second-class citizen’s in God’s economy - they have a lesser calling than full-time Christian workers”
  • 3The Presupposition
  • 3The Presupposition “If you’re really sold-out to Jesus, you’ll leave your secular job and go into full-time ministry”
  • 3The Presupposition “If you’re really sold-out to Jesus, you’ll leave your secular job and go into full-time ministry” Is this true?
  • 3The Presupposition “If you’re really sold-out to Jesus, you’ll leave your secular job and go into full-time ministry” Is this true? Is this biblical?
  • 3The Presupposition “If you’re really sold-out to Jesus, you’ll leave your secular job and go into full-time ministry” Is this true? Is this biblical? Does my “secular” job matter at all to God?
  • 4A Biblical Look At Work
  • 4A Biblical Look At Work Part I: Ten Basic Principles
  • 4A Biblical Look At Work Part I: Ten Basic Principles Part II: Five Advanced Principles
  • Part I:Ten Basic Principles
  • 6Principle 1
  • 6 Principle 1“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...” Genesis 1:1
  • 6 Principle 1“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...” Genesis 1:1“By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, andHe rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”Genesis 2:2
  • 6 Principle 1“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...” Genesis 1:1“By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, andHe rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”Genesis 2:2“My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” John 5:17
  • 7 Principle 1“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...” Genesis 1:1“By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, andHe rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”Genesis 2:2“My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” John 5:17
  • 8 Principle 1: God is a Worker“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...” Genesis 1:1“By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, andHe rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”Genesis 2:2“My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” John 5:17
  • 9
  • 9 “I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs” H.L. Mencken
  • 9 “I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs” H.L. Mencken Work is intrinsic to our nature:
  • 9 “I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs” H.L. Mencken Work is intrinsic to our nature: As Image bearers
  • 9 “I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs” H.L. Mencken Work is intrinsic to our nature: As Image bearers Because God is a Worker
  • 10
  • 10 In creative activity, we externalize our identities as people made in the image of God
  • 11 #1 So What?God is a Worker
  • 11 #1 So What? Work is God-designedGod is a Worker
  • 11 #1 So What? Work is God-designed A product of His mindGod is a Worker
  • 11 #1 So What? Work is God-designed A product of His mind An aspect to His characterGod is a Worker
  • 11 #1 So What? Work is God-designed A product of His mind An aspect to His character Work can be a holy endeavorGod is a Worker
  • 12Principle 2
  • 12 Principle 2“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Ourlikeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds ofthe sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over everycreeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:25
  • 12 Principle 2“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Ourlikeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds ofthe sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over everycreeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:25“God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, andsubdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of thesky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28
  • 12 Principle 2“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Ourlikeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds ofthe sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over everycreeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:25“God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, andsubdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of thesky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28“Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden ofEden to cultivate it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15
  • 13 Principle 2“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Ourlikeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds ofthe sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over everycreeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:25“God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, andsubdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of thesky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28“Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden ofEden to cultivate it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15
  • 14 Principle 2: God Created Man to be a Worker“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Ourlikeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds ofthe sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over everycreeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:25“God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, andsubdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of thesky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28“Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden ofEden to cultivate it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15
  • 15 #2 So What?God Created Man to Be a Worker
  • 15 #2 So What? We are God-wired to workGod Created Man to Be a Worker
  • 15 #2 So What? We are God-wired to work Work is in our best interestGod Created Man to Be a Worker
  • 15 #2 So What? We are God-wired to work Work is in our best interest Like God, we are designed to build, create, communicate, and take on challenges in our workGod Created Man to Be a Worker
  • 15 #2 So What? We are God-wired to work Work is in our best interest Like God, we are designed to build, create, communicate, and take on challenges in our work Thus, work can engage us at a deep level of our beingGod Created Man to Be a Worker
  • 16Principle 3
  • 16Principle 3 “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15
  • 16Principle 3 “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15When the woman saw that the tree was good for food,and that it was a delight to the eyes,and that the tree was desirable to make one wise,she took from its fruit and ate;and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6
  • 17Principle 3: “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
  • 17Principle 3: “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
  • 17Principle 3: “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6
  • 17Principle 3:God Created Work Pre-Fall “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15When the woman saw that the tree was good for food,and that it was a delight to the eyes,and that the tree was desirable to make one wise,she took from its fruit and ate;and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6
  • 18Observations About the Cursefrom the Fall
  • 18Observations About the Cursefrom the Fall “Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.
  • 18Observations About the Cursefrom the Fall “Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field;
  • 18Observations About the Cursefrom the Fall “Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground...” Genesis 3:17-19
  • 19 #3 So What?God Created Work Pre-Fall
  • 19 #3 So What? Work was created in ParadiseGod Created Work Pre-Fall
  • 19 #3 So What? Work was created in Paradise Work was intended for ParadiseGod Created Work Pre-Fall
  • 19 #3 So What? Work was created in Paradise Work was intended for Paradise Work is not a product of sin, but is expressed in fallen worldGod Created Work Pre-Fall
  • 20Principle 4:God Calls Work “Very Good”
  • 20Principle 4:God Calls Work “Very Good” “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
  • 21Principle 4:God Calls Work “Very Good” “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
  • 21Principle 4:God Calls Work “Very Good” rts ts pa an di h ole h ew =T “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
  • 21Principle 4:God Calls Work “Very Good” g r ts rkin pa n wo its ma and ing: ole lud e wh inc = Th arts =P “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
  • 22 #4 So What?God Calls Work “Very Good”
  • 22 #4 So What? In God’s economy, work is very goodGod Calls Work “Very Good”
  • 22 #4 So What? In God’s economy, work is very good To assert that work is in any way substandard to God’s plan is unbiblical thinkingGod Calls Work “Very Good”
  • 22 #4 So What? In God’s economy, work is very good To assert that work is in any way substandard to God’s plan is unbiblical thinking To assert that work can only be evil is unbiblical thinkingGod Calls Work “Very Good”
  • 22 #4 So What? In God’s economy, work is very good To assert that work is in any way substandard to God’s plan is unbiblical thinking To assert that work can only be evil is unbiblical thinking Working in the marketplace (in spite of being marred by sin) can be considered by God as very goodGod Calls Work “Very Good”
  • 23Principle 5:God Made Work an Expression of His Grace
  • 23Principle 5:God Made Work an Expression of His Grace“Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting:to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s laborin which he toils under the sunduring the few years of his life which God has given him;for this is his reward.
  • 23Principle 5:God Made Work an Expression of His Grace“Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting:to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s laborin which he toils under the sunduring the few years of his life which God has given him;for this is his reward.Furthermore, as for every man to whom Godhas given riches and wealth,He has also empowered him to eat from themand to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor;this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:18-19
  • 24 #5 So What?God Made Work an Expression of His Grace
  • 24 #5 So What? God designed an aspect of labor that we are to enjoyGod Made Work an Expression of His Grace
  • 24 #5 So What? God designed an aspect of labor that we are to enjoy We are to rejoice in our laborGod Made Work an Expression of His Grace
  • 24 #5 So What? God designed an aspect of labor that we are to enjoy We are to rejoice in our labor Biblically, it is right and good to “love” our workGod Made Work an Expression of His Grace
  • 24 #5 So What? God designed an aspect of labor that we are to enjoy We are to rejoice in our labor Biblically, it is right and good to “love” our work Labor is a gift from GodGod Made Work an Expression of His Grace
  • 24 #5 So What? God designed an aspect of labor that we are to enjoy We are to rejoice in our labor Biblically, it is right and good to “love” our work Labor is a gift from God Labor should elicit our gratitude to GodGod Made Work an Expression of His Grace
  • 25Principle 6:God Commands Men to Work
  • 25Principle 6:God Commands Men to Work “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order:
  • 25Principle 6:God Commands Men to Work “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” 1 Thessalonians 3:10
  • 25Principle 6:God Commands Men to Work “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” 1 Thessalonians 3:10 “He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.” Ephesians 5:28
  • 26Example of Principle 6:God’s People Working Diligently
  • 26Example of Principle 6:God’s People Working Diligently“nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it,but with labor and hardship we kept working night and dayso that we would not be a burden to any of you” 2 Thessalonians 3:8
  • 26Example of Principle 6:God’s People Working Diligently“nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it,but with labor and hardship we kept working night and dayso that we would not be a burden to any of you” 2 Thessalonians 3:8“and we toil, working with our own hands...” 1 Corinthians 4:12
  • 27The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople
  • 27The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Adam: farmer
  • 27The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Adam: farmer Abraham, Issac, Jacob: ranchers
  • 27The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Adam: farmer Abraham, Issac, Jacob: ranchers Joseph: administrator and ruler
  • 27The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Adam: farmer Abraham, Issac, Jacob: ranchers Joseph: administrator and ruler Moses: shepherd
  • 27The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Adam: farmer Abraham, Issac, Jacob: ranchers Joseph: administrator and ruler Moses: shepherd David: shepherd and ruler
  • 27The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Adam: farmer Abraham, Issac, Jacob: ranchers Joseph: administrator and ruler Moses: shepherd David: shepherd and ruler Proverbs 31 Woman: realtor
  • 28The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople
  • 28The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Daniel: ruler
  • 28The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Daniel: ruler Nehemiah: construction
  • 28The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Daniel: ruler Nehemiah: construction Lydia: garment salesperson
  • 28The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Daniel: ruler Nehemiah: construction Lydia: garment salesperson Peter: fisherman
  • 28The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Daniel: ruler Nehemiah: construction Lydia: garment salesperson Peter: fisherman Paul: tentmaker
  • 28The Bible’s Primary Charactersare Businesspeople Daniel: ruler Nehemiah: construction Lydia: garment salesperson Peter: fisherman Paul: tentmaker Jesus: carpenter
  • 29Businesspeople in the Bible
  • 29Businesspeople in the Bible Goods Producers: cattle farmers, vineyard tenders, iron workers, carpenters, tentmakers, textile producers
  • 29Businesspeople in the Bible Goods Producers: cattle farmers, vineyard tenders, iron workers, carpenters, tentmakers, textile producers Managers: of grain suppliers, of employees, building projects, armies, finances
  • 29Businesspeople in the Bible Goods Producers: cattle farmers, vineyard tenders, iron workers, carpenters, tentmakers, textile producers Managers: of grain suppliers, of employees, building projects, armies, finances Public Servants: in medicine, courts, community, civil rights, public finance
  • 29Businesspeople in the Bible Goods Producers: cattle farmers, vineyard tenders, iron workers, carpenters, tentmakers, textile producers Managers: of grain suppliers, of employees, building projects, armies, finances Public Servants: in medicine, courts, community, civil rights, public finance Artists: musicians, sculptors, seamstresses, dancers, worship leaders, writers
  • 30 #6 So What?God Commands Men to Work
  • 30 #6 So What? A failure to work represents a breach of God’s commandmentGod Commands Men to Work
  • 30 #6 So What? A failure to work represents a breach of God’s commandment Some of the holiest people in the Bible lived out their faith in the marketplace - including JesusGod Commands Men to Work
  • 30 #6 So What? A failure to work represents a breach of God’s commandment Some of the holiest people in the Bible lived out their faith in the marketplace - including Jesus God can be served as well in the marketplace as at His templeGod Commands Men to Work
  • 30 #6 So What? A failure to work represents a breach of God’s commandment Some of the holiest people in the Bible lived out their faith in the marketplace - including Jesus God can be served as well in the marketplace as at His temple Thinking/teaching to the contrary is unbiblicalGod Commands Men to Work
  • 30 #6 So What? A failure to work represents a breach of God’s commandment Some of the holiest people in the Bible lived out their faith in the marketplace - including Jesus God can be served as well in the marketplace as at His temple Thinking/teaching to the contrary is unbiblical The command to work does not sanction either underwork or overworkGod Commands Men to Work
  • 31Principle 7:God Commands Men to Work for Him
  • 31Principle 7:God Commands Men to Work for Him “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24
  • 31Principle 7:God Commands Men to Work for Him “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24 “With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.” Ephesians 6:7-8
  • 32 #7 So What?God Commands Men to Work for Him
  • 32 #7 So What? God demands that we work exclusively for Him, not for any man, employer, boss, or customerGod Commands Men to Work for Him
  • 32 #7 So What? God demands that we work exclusively for Him, not for any man, employer, boss, or customer This heart attitude that requires supernatural power to sustainGod Commands Men to Work for Him
  • 32 #7 So What? God demands that we work exclusively for Him, not for any man, employer, boss, or customer This heart attitude that requires supernatural power to sustain Left to my flesh, I will serve men and seek their favor, not God’sGod Commands Men to Work for Him
  • 32 #7 So What? God demands that we work exclusively for Him, not for any man, employer, boss, or customer This heart attitude that requires supernatural power to sustain Left to my flesh, I will serve men and seek their favor, not God’s Working well demands constant spiritual power and focusGod Commands Men to Work for Him
  • 33Principle 8:God Promotes and Demotes
  • 33Principle 8:God Promotes and Demotes “For not from the east, nor from the west, Nor from the desert comes exaltation; But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.” Psalm 75:6-7
  • 34 #8 So What?God Promotes and Demotes
  • 34 #8 So What? My efforts to impress or to manipulate my superiors to promote me are futileGod Promotes and Demotes
  • 34 #8 So What? My efforts to impress or to manipulate my superiors to promote me are futile Wrong audienceGod Promotes and Demotes
  • 34 #8 So What? My efforts to impress or to manipulate my superiors to promote me are futile Wrong audience View promotion, demotion, layoff, and dismissal as from God, not manGod Promotes and Demotes
  • 35Principle 9:God Gives Us our Abilities, Intelligence,and Wealth
  • 35Principle 9:God Gives Us our Abilities, Intelligence,and Wealth“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,each of us is to exercise them accordingly...” Romans 12:6
  • 35Principle 9:God Gives Us our Abilities, Intelligence,and Wealth“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,each of us is to exercise them accordingly...” Romans 12:6“It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. Daniel 2:21
  • 35Principle 9:God Gives Us our Abilities, Intelligence,and Wealth“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,each of us is to exercise them accordingly...” Romans 12:6“It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. Daniel 2:21“But you shall remember the LORD your God,for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth...” Deuteronomy 8:18
  • 36 #9 So What?God Gives Us Our Abilities, Intelligence, and Wealth
  • 36 #9 So What? No skill, no intelligence, no brilliance, no wealth that I have ever originated from me - all of it is a gift from GodGod Gives Us Our Abilities, Intelligence, and Wealth
  • 36 #9 So What? No skill, no intelligence, no brilliance, no wealth that I have ever originated from me - all of it is a gift from God The more we have, the greater our accountability - be contentGod Gives Us Our Abilities, Intelligence, and Wealth
  • 36 #9 So What? No skill, no intelligence, no brilliance, no wealth that I have ever originated from me - all of it is a gift from God The more we have, the greater our accountability - be content Gratitude and humility is the correct responseGod Gives Us Our Abilities, Intelligence, and Wealth
  • 36 #9 So What? No skill, no intelligence, no brilliance, no wealth that I have ever originated from me - all of it is a gift from God The more we have, the greater our accountability - be content Gratitude and humility is the correct response Comparison is foolishnessGod Gives Us Our Abilities, Intelligence, and Wealth
  • 37Principle 10:God Warns Against Entanglement
  • 37Principle 10:God Warns Against Entanglement“No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs ofeveryday life, so that he may pleasethe one who enlisted him as a soldier.”2 Timothy 2:4
  • 38 #10 So What?God Warns Against Entanglement
  • 38 #10 So What? If I’m entangled in my work, I am not pleasing my Commanding OfficerGod Warns Against Entanglement
  • 38 #10 So What? If I’m entangled in my work, I am not pleasing my Commanding Officer Am I entangled (imbalanced/ addicted) to my work?God Warns Against Entanglement
  • 38 #10 So What? If I’m entangled in my work, I am not pleasing my Commanding Officer Am I entangled (imbalanced/ addicted) to my work? Do I allow work to interfere with the depth and quality of important relationships?God Warns Against Entanglement
  • 38 #10 So What? If I’m entangled in my work, I am not pleasing my Commanding Officer Am I entangled (imbalanced/ addicted) to my work? Do I allow work to interfere with the depth and quality of important relationships? What, if anything, must change in my work life to allow me to be a better soldier?God Warns Against Entanglement
  • 39Review
  • 39Review 1. God is a worker
  • 39Review 1. God is a worker 2. God created man to be a worker
  • 39Review 1. God is a worker 2. God created man to be a worker 3. God created work pre-Fall
  • 39Review 1. God is a worker 2. God created man to be a worker 3. God created work pre-Fall 4. God calls work “very good”
  • 39Review 1. God is a worker 2. God created man to be a worker 3. God created work pre-Fall 4. God calls work “very good” 5. God made work an expression of His grace
  • 39Review 1. God is a worker 2. God created man to be a worker 3. God created work pre-Fall 4. God calls work “very good” 5. God made work an expression of His grace 6. God commands men to work
  • 39Review 1. God is a worker 2. God created man to be a worker 3. God created work pre-Fall 4. God calls work “very good” 5. God made work an expression of His grace 6. God commands men to work 7. God commands men to work for Him
  • 39Review 1. God is a worker 2. God created man to be a worker 3. God created work pre-Fall 4. God calls work “very good” 5. God made work an expression of His grace 6. God commands men to work 7. God commands men to work for Him 8. God promotes and demotes
  • 39Review 1. God is a worker 2. God created man to be a worker 3. God created work pre-Fall 4. God calls work “very good” 5. God made work an expression of His grace 6. God commands men to work 7. God commands men to work for Him 8. God promotes and demotes 9. God gives us our abilities, intelligence, and wealth
  • 39Review 1. God is a worker 2. God created man to be a worker 3. God created work pre-Fall 4. God calls work “very good” 5. God made work an expression of His grace 6. God commands men to work 7. God commands men to work for Him 8. God promotes and demotes 9. God gives us our abilities, intelligence, and wealth 10. God warns against entanglement
  • Part IIFive Advanced Principles
  • 411. I Don’t Work to Earn a Living
  • 411. I Don’t Work to Earn a Living“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches inglory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
  • 411. I Don’t Work to Earn a Living“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches inglory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19“What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receiveit, why do you boast as if you had not received it? ” 1 Corinthians 4:7b
  • 411. I Don’t Work to Earn a Living“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches inglory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19“What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receiveit, why do you boast as if you had not received it? ” 1 Corinthians 4:7b I must look to God alone for the meeting of my needs
  • 411. I Don’t Work to Earn a Living“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches inglory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19“What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receiveit, why do you boast as if you had not received it? ” 1 Corinthians 4:7b I must look to God alone for the meeting of my needs Work may be the vehicle of provision, but not the source
  • 42Common Objections toPrinciple #1
  • 42Common Objections toPrinciple #1 The unwilling to work should not eat
  • 42Common Objections toPrinciple #1 The unwilling to work should not eat Doesn’t mean that he works in order to eat
  • 42Common Objections toPrinciple #1 The unwilling to work should not eat Doesn’t mean that he works in order to eat One-way street, i.e. (1Cor. 6:9,10)
  • 42Common Objections toPrinciple #1“For even when we were with you,we used to give you this order: The unwilling to work should not eat Doesn’t mean that he works in order to eat One-way street, i.e. (1Cor. 6:9,10)
  • 42Common Objections toPrinciple #1“For even when we were with you,we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” 1 Thessalonians 3:10 The unwilling to work should not eat Doesn’t mean that he works in order to eat One-way street, i.e. (1Cor. 6:9,10)
  • 43Common Objections toPrinciple #1
  • 43Common Objections toPrinciple #1 Implicit vs. explicit verses on provision
  • 43Common Objections toPrinciple #1 Implicit vs. explicit verses on provision My responsibility to work and give provision to my family does not mean that I am the source of my provision
  • 43Common Objections toPrinciple #1 “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1Timothy 5:8 Implicit vs. explicit verses on provision My responsibility to work and give provision to my family does not mean that I am the source of my provision
  • 44Failure to Apply Principle #1
  • 44Failure to Apply Principle #1 Tendency to use and manipulate others to get my needs met
  • 44Failure to Apply Principle #1 Tendency to use and manipulate others to get my needs met We cannot use people and serve them at the same time
  • 44Failure to Apply Principle #1 Tendency to use and manipulate others to get my needs met We cannot use people and serve them at the same time Chasing the dollar to establish my standard of living
  • 44Failure to Apply Principle #1 Tendency to use and manipulate others to get my needs met We cannot use people and serve them at the same time Chasing the dollar to establish my standard of living Tendency to compete with co-workers
  • 44Failure to Apply Principle #1 Tendency to use and manipulate others to get my needs met We cannot use people and serve them at the same time Chasing the dollar to establish my standard of living Tendency to compete with co-workers Tendency to compartmentalize “God’s time” versus “my time”
  • 44Failure to Apply Principle #1 Tendency to use and manipulate others to get my needs met We cannot use people and serve them at the same time Chasing the dollar to establish my standard of living Tendency to compete with co-workers Tendency to compartmentalize “God’s time” versus “my time” Tendency to compromise my values to get my needs met
  • 452. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make $2/day
  • 452. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make $2/day
  • 452. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make Derivative of Principle #1 (You don’t work to earn a living) $2/day
  • 452. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make Derivative of Principle #1 (You don’t work to earn a living) $2/day Hard work may effect potential for profit, but there is no fixed cause/effect relationship
  • 452. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make Derivative of Principle #1 (You don’t work to earn a living) $2/day Hard work may effect potential for profit, but there is no fixed cause/effect relationship Productivity :: Time Invested can vary dramatically
  • 462. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make
  • 462. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make God may prosper you without your labor:
  • 462. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make God may prosper you without your labor:“Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you intothe land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,to give you,great and splendid cities which you did not build,and houses full of all good things which you did not fill,and hewn cisterns which you did not dig,vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant,and you eat and are satisfied” Deuteronomy 6:10-11
  • 472. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make God may prosper you without your labor:
  • 472. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make God may prosper you without your labor:“It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”Psalm 127:2
  • 482. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make
  • 482. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make God may impoverish you with your hard labor:
  • 482. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make God may impoverish you with your hard labor:“You have sown much, but harvest little;you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied;you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk;you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough;and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.”
  • 482. There Is No Necessary CorrelationBetween How Hard I Work and HowMuch I Make God may impoverish you with your hard labor:“You have sown much, but harvest little;you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied;you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk;you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough;and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.”“You look for much, but behold, it comes to little;when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares theLORD of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate,while each of you runs to his own house. Haggai 1:6,9
  • 49Failure to Apply Principle #2
  • 49Failure to Apply Principle #2 Inclination to sacrifice priorities when my income is down
  • 49Failure to Apply Principle #2 Inclination to sacrifice priorities when my income is down Inclination to allow the marketplace to dictate the level of my commitment to Christ
  • 49Failure to Apply Principle #2 Inclination to sacrifice priorities when my income is down Inclination to allow the marketplace to dictate the level of my commitment to Christ Inclination to integrate my faith into the marketplace only when the environment is friendly
  • 49Failure to Apply Principle #2 Inclination to sacrifice priorities when my income is down Inclination to allow the marketplace to dictate the level of my commitment to Christ Inclination to integrate my faith into the marketplace only when the environment is friendly Inclination to attempt to out-earn my needs
  • 50Summary of Principles #1 & 2
  • 50Summary of Principles #1 & 2 My labors are not the source of my provision or my prosperity
  • 50Summary of Principles #1 & 2 My labors are not the source of my provision or my prosperity God is my Provider; I need not fear
  • 513. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work
  • 513. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,in which the heavens will pass away with a roarand the elements will be destroyed with intense heat,and the earth and its works will be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10
  • 513. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,in which the heavens will pass away with a roarand the elements will be destroyed with intense heat,and the earth and its works will be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10 God will burn all work, including some of His own
  • 513. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,in which the heavens will pass away with a roarand the elements will be destroyed with intense heat,and the earth and its works will be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10 God will burn all work, including some of His own God may assign value to what I produce, but it has no intrinsic value
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  • 533. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work
  • 533. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work The product of work may have utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value
  • 533. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work The product of work may have utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value The process of work has value because God uses it to determine reward in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:14-15)
  • 533. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work The product of work may have utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value The process of work has value because God uses it to determine reward in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:14-15) Its not the fruit of our labor, but the focus of our heart that gives value to work
  • 533. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work The product of work may have utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value The process of work has value because God uses it to determine reward in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:14-15) Its not the fruit of our labor, but the focus of our heart that gives value to work “Secular” work becomes spiritual when it is done to please God
  • 533. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work The product of work may have utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value The process of work has value because God uses it to determine reward in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:14-15) Its not the fruit of our labor, but the focus of our heart that gives value to work “Secular” work becomes spiritual when it is done to please God “Religious” work becomes secular when it is done to please and impress people
  • 533. There Is No Intrinsic Value in theProduct of My Work The product of work may have utilitarian value, but no intrinsic value The process of work has value because God uses it to determine reward in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:14-15) Its not the fruit of our labor, but the focus of our heart that gives value to work “Secular” work becomes spiritual when it is done to please God “Religious” work becomes secular when it is done to please and impress people
  • 54Failure to Apply Principle #3
  • 54Failure to Apply Principle #3 Tendency to take my work too seriously, sacrificing important relationships for the sake of work
  • 54Failure to Apply Principle #3 Tendency to take my work too seriously, sacrificing important relationships for the sake of work Tendency to labor for the temporal, rather than the eternal
  • 54Failure to Apply Principle #3 Tendency to take my work too seriously, sacrificing important relationships for the sake of work Tendency to labor for the temporal, rather than the eternal Suffering loss of reward in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)
  • 54Failure to Apply Principle #3 Tendency to take my work too seriously, sacrificing important relationships for the sake of work Tendency to labor for the temporal, rather than the eternal Suffering loss of reward in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:10-15) Tendency to perceive greatness primarily in terms of my achievements or accomplishments
  • 554. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do
  • 554. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do Significance and self-esteem are only found in a relationship with God
  • 554. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do Significance and self-esteem are only found in a relationship with God“Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, andlet not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast ofhis riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understandsand knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness,justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,”declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:23-24
  • 564. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do
  • 564. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do Deriving significance from my giftedness, education, profession, wealth, or power are credentials Paul calls “rubbish” or “dung”
  • 564. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do Deriving significance from my giftedness, education, profession, wealth, or power are credentials Paul calls “rubbish” or “dung”“I count all things to be lossin view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ...”Philippians 3:8
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  • 584. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do
  • 584. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do God’s children are significant solely because:
  • 584. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do God’s children are significant solely because: They are created in His image
  • 584. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do God’s children are significant solely because: They are created in His image He declares them to be of eternal worth
  • 584. Significance Is Not Foundin the Kind of Work I Do God’s children are significant solely because: They are created in His image He declares them to be of eternal worth There are no other biblical grounds for self-esteem
  • 59Failure to Apply Principle #4
  • 59Failure to Apply Principle #4 I will confuse my identity in Christ with my vocation
  • 59Failure to Apply Principle #4 I will confuse my identity in Christ with my vocation Job loss or demotion will send me into bitterness/anger/depression
  • 59Failure to Apply Principle #4 I will confuse my identity in Christ with my vocation Job loss or demotion will send me into bitterness/anger/depression The focus of my work will tend to be selfish ambition to bolster my sense of significance
  • 59Failure to Apply Principle #4 I will confuse my identity in Christ with my vocation Job loss or demotion will send me into bitterness/anger/depression The focus of my work will tend to be selfish ambition to bolster my sense of significance I will swing to the opposite extreme and become consumed by my work
  • 59Failure to Apply Principle #4 I will confuse my identity in Christ with my vocation Job loss or demotion will send me into bitterness/anger/depression The focus of my work will tend to be selfish ambition to bolster my sense of significance I will swing to the opposite extreme and become consumed by my work Seeking significance anywhere other than in God’s declaration is an affront to God
  • 605. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God
  • 605. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God God’s work was finished before the foundations of the earth:
  • 60 5. I Can Contribute Nothing to the Work of God God’s work was finished before the foundations of the earth:“... although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.” Hebrews 4:3b
  • 615. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God
  • 615. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God
  • 615. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God God is self-sufficient
  • 615. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God God is self-sufficient “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure” Isaiah 46:9-10
  • 62
  • 62 “I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” Matthew 16:18b
  • 635. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God
  • 635. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God I can participate in the work of God, but I can contribute nothing
  • 635. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God I can participate in the work of God, but I can contribute nothing “Contribute:” to give, furnish, supply something of worth
  • 635. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God I can participate in the work of God, but I can contribute nothing “Contribute:” to give, furnish, supply something of worth “Participate:” to take a part or a share of something
  • 635. I Can Contribute Nothingto the Work of God I can participate in the work of God, but I can contribute nothing “Contribute:” to give, furnish, supply something of worth “Participate:” to take a part or a share of something Connotation of privilege
  • 64Participation in the Work of God
  • 64Participation in the Work of GodAnd who knows whether you have not attained royaltyfor such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b
  • 64Participation in the Work of GodAnd who knows whether you have not attained royaltyfor such a time as this?” Esther 4:14bI planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wisemaster builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. Buteach man must be careful how he builds on it.” 1 Corinthians 3:6,10
  • 65Failure to Apply Principle #5
  • 65Failure to Apply Principle #5 Inclination to use people to build my organization “for God”
  • 65Failure to Apply Principle #5 Inclination to use people to build my organization “for God” Tendency to run over people
  • 65Failure to Apply Principle #5 Inclination to use people to build my organization “for God” Tendency to run over people Tendency to compete for the limited resources of men and money
  • 65Failure to Apply Principle #5 Inclination to use people to build my organization “for God” Tendency to run over people Tendency to compete for the limited resources of men and money Inclination to compromise God’s commandments to accomplish my goals to “build God’s kingdom”
  • 66The True Value of Work
  • 66The True Value of Work Work embeds us in a natural environment in which we can exhibit kingdom values and hope in a temporal arena
  • 66The True Value of Work Work embeds us in a natural environment in which we can exhibit kingdom values and hope in a temporal arena Work provides a context in which we can represent Jesus to the lost by:
  • 66The True Value of Work Work embeds us in a natural environment in which we can exhibit kingdom values and hope in a temporal arena Work provides a context in which we can represent Jesus to the lost by: Building relationships
  • 66The True Value of Work Work embeds us in a natural environment in which we can exhibit kingdom values and hope in a temporal arena Work provides a context in which we can represent Jesus to the lost by: Building relationships Demonstrating character, conviction, and integrity
  • 66The True Value of Work Work embeds us in a natural environment in which we can exhibit kingdom values and hope in a temporal arena Work provides a context in which we can represent Jesus to the lost by: Building relationships Demonstrating character, conviction, and integrity Doing our work with care and quality
  • 67Review
  • 67Review I don’t work to earn a living
  • 67Review I don’t work to earn a living There is no necessary correlation between how hard I work and how much I make
  • 67Review I don’t work to earn a living There is no necessary correlation between how hard I work and how much I make There is no intrinsic value in the product of my work
  • 67Review I don’t work to earn a living There is no necessary correlation between how hard I work and how much I make There is no intrinsic value in the product of my work Significance is not found in the kind of work I do
  • 67Review I don’t work to earn a living There is no necessary correlation between how hard I work and how much I make There is no intrinsic value in the product of my work Significance is not found in the kind of work I do I can contribute nothing to the work of God
  • 67Review I don’t work to earn a living There is no necessary correlation between how hard I work and how much I make There is no intrinsic value in the product of my work Significance is not found in the kind of work I do I can contribute nothing to the work of God The marketplace is the arena where I demonstrate my eternal hope to a lost and dying world
  • 68 The End
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