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Leisure or urgency

  1. 1. Leisure or Urgency- Stewardship of Time -<br />Dr. Samuel Ong<br />Whispering Hope<br />4.09.2011<br />
  2. 2. Preaching @ WHope, September<br />4 Sept Leisure or Urgency – Time (Dr. Samuel Ong)<br />11 Sept Thrift or Generosity – Material Possessions (Dr. GohChee Leong)<br />18 Sept The Consumer World (Rev. Dr. Andrew Tan) + Holy Communion<br />25 Sept Career or Vocation (Mr. GohKeatPeng)<br />
  3. 3. I. Introduction: Lord, I have time(Abbe’ Michael Quoist)<br />
  4. 4. II. Why Are We So Busy?<br />Poor Life Management<br />Activities and tasks versus life’s direction, meaning.<br />The Tyranny of the Urgent (Charles Hummel, 1967)<br />The example of Jesus. John 17:4.<br />
  5. 5. III. A Theology Of Time (1)<br />Time began at creation. <br />Genesis 1:5<br />Time is a gift from God to us. <br />Genesis 2:3; Psalm 24:1<br />God has entrusted us with time as stewards.<br />Ephesians 5:15-16; 1 Corinthians 4:2<br />Time, like all of creation, has also been affected by the Fall.<br />
  6. 6. A Theology Of Time (2)<br />The Bible speaks of time in two senses - chronos and kairos<br />We experience time in seasons<br />Ecclesiastes 3:1<br />Time is not an endless ebb and flow that has no meaning. God will make all things beautiful in His time.<br />Ecclesiastes 3:11<br />Time is an evangelist to take us beyond the present to where God is, that we may know Him.<br />Ecclesiastes 3:11<br />
  7. 7. Theology of Time (3)<br />Recognize the brevity of human life.<br />Psalm 90:12<br />Seek God.<br />Isaiah 55:6; Ecclesiastes 12;1, 6-7<br />Look to eternal realities<br />1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Psalm 10:6<br />Make the most of earthly opportunities<br />Ephesians 5:16<br />
  8. 8. IV. A Spirituality for Busy2 People<br />Stick it in your head – time and life are limited!<br />Prioritize, ruthlessly!<br />Keep your time alone with God!<br />Guard the Sabbath, jealously!<br />Live a simpler lifestyle!<br />Make time for rest and recreation!<br />
  9. 9. V. Conclusion: Lord, I have time<br />You who are beyond time, Lord, You smile to see us fighting it.<br />And You know what You are doing.<br />You make no mistakes in Your distribution of time to men.<br />You give to each one time to do what You want Him to do.<br />But we must not lose time, waste time, kill time,<br />For time is a gift that You give to us,<br />but a perishable gift, a gift that does not keep.<br />
  10. 10. Lord, I have time,<br />I have plenty of time,<br />all the time You give me,<br />the years of my life, the hours of my days.<br />They are all mine, <br />mine to fill quietly, calmly,<br />but to fill up completely to the brim,<br />to offer them up to You, that of their insipid water<br />
  11. 11. That You may make a rich wine such as You once made in Cana of Galilee.<br />I am not asking You tonight, Lord, for time to do this and then that,<br />but Your grace to do conscientiously, in the time that You give me,<br />what You want me to do.<br />