Sermon nov. 3 2013

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  • 1. Our Vocation and the Kingdom of God Matthew 25:14-19; 1 Thess 4:11-12
  • 2. Employed Canadians 2012 ● 36.6 hours per week at week (136 hrs in WK, 50 for sleeping) ● Gender - Men 39.6; Women 33.2 ● Age - 15 to 24 spent least working 28.3 ● Regions -35.4 in Quebec and 39.0 in Alberta. ● 2012 about 10% total time devoted to paid work.
  • 3. "If God is the creator of all things, and through Christ all things are made new, that process of restoration must include our work." -Timothy Keller
  • 4. A vocation (Latin vocātiō - a call, summons[1]) is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified. Though now often used in non-religious contexts, the meanings of the term originated in Christianity.
  • 5. Romans 12:1-2 MSG Here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
  • 6. ● Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957 ● British author ● Detective novels ● Oxford-educated, contemporary of G. K.Chesterton ● Essay Why Work "Work is not primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do."
  • 7. Timothy Keller we must ask: ● What cultural practices are ‘common grace’ and can be embraced ● what practices are antithetical [against] to the gospel and must be rejected ● what practices can be adapted/revised for use by believers.
  • 8. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 New International Version (NIV) 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
  • 9. Dorothy Sayers says also; "Let the Church remember this: that every maker and worker is called to serve God in his profession or trade – not outside it. The Apostles complained rightly when they said it was not good they should leave the word of God and serve tables; their vocation was to preach the word. But the person whose vocation it is to prepare the meals beautifully might with equal justice protest: It is not good for us to leave the service of our tables to preach the word."
  • 10. ● We love our neighbour best when we realize each of us is called to our occupation by God. ● Gene Edward Veith "For when we realize that the "mundane" activities that consume most of our time are "God's hiding places," our perspective changes."
  • 11. Timothy Keller we must ask: ● What cultural practices are ‘common grace’ and can be embraced ● what practices are antithetical [against] to the gospel and must be rejected ● what practices can be adapted/revised for use by believers.