Doing Business God’S Way

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  • The founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 focused attention on alcohol addiction, as well as AA's 12-step program and "support group" (1969) meetings for dealing with addictions. In the 1960s, someone had the idea of taking -holic as a suffix meaning "addict", and a whole new category of addictions followed. One of the first and most important is workaholic . It was announced in the 1968 article "On Being a 'Workaholic' (A serious Jest)" in the journal Pastoral Psychology: "I have dubbed this addiction of myself and my fellow ministers 'workaholism,'" wrote Wayne Oates, a professor of psychology of religion at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. However, it was the appearance of Oates's book Confessions of a Workaholic in 1971 that propelled that term and prompted many writers to start using the suffixes -aholic , -holic , or -oholic to describe "all-consuming obsessions," not all of them so serious
  • Reference here the “Princess Di Syndrome” where here selfless deeds are a mask for her personal problems
  • Reference here the purpose of leaves & cap on overtime Studies show that fully recovered former workaholics are able to accomplish in 50 hours what they previously couldn't do in 80
  • Reference here the purpose of leaves & cap on overtime
  • The modern term “workaholic” is not found anywhere in the Bible
  • Even when involved in the seemingly mundane tasks of a secular job, our hearts should be turned to heaven. We should glorify God in all that we do. We can practice this in our employment by doing things as Christ would, with honor and to the best of our ability.
  • God clearly warns us not to go into debt or cosign a loan unless we are certain we can repay our obligation Key word here is temperance
  • The whole context of 1 Corinthians 6:1-6 deals with disputes in the church, but Paul does reference the court system when he speaks of judgments concerning things pertaining to this life. Paul means that the court system exists for matters of this life that are outside the church. Church problems should not be taken to the court system, but should be judged within the church.
  • Doing Business God’S Way

    1. 1. Doing Business God’s Way By Raymund Sanchez
    2. 2. Agenda  Workaholism  Using Credit / Collecting Debts  Handling Lawsuits
    3. 3. Workaholism
    4. 4. Workaholism  One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work  Portmanteau word composed of work and alcoholic
    5. 5. Workaholism Is it Harmful?  Experts say the incessant work- related activity masks anxiety, low self-esteem, and intimacy problems  Not the same as working hard
    6. 6. Workaholism Is it Harmful?  Workaholics feel the urge of being busy all the time, to the point that they often perform tasks that aren't required or necessary for project completion.  they tend to be inefficient workers, since they focus on being busy, instead of focusing on being productive.  Have trouble delegating  Impaired cognitive functions thru sleep deprivation
    7. 7. Workaholism Negative Effects  Neglect of social relations  Health Issues (sleep deprivation, malnutrition, stress)  Lesser contribution in terms of productivity & team work
    8. 8. Workaholism What does the bible say?  Anything obsessed about, other than God, is idolatry  As Christians, we have to be very careful not to let the cares and allurements of the world distract us from our devotion to Christ
    9. 9. Workaholism What does the bible say?  Paul spent time making tents with Priscilla and Aquila, but their conversations and thoughts as they worked were on God (Acts 18:1-3, 24-26; Romans 16:3)
    10. 10. Workaholism What does the bible say? “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17)
    11. 11. Workaholism What does the bible say? Being a workaholic isn’t directly comparable to worshipping idols. However, if the job takes up so much energy that it distracts away from the relationship with Jesus Christ having predominance, then it could be considered idolatry.
    12. 12. Using Credit / Being in Debt
    13. 13. Using Credit / Being in Debt  A contractual agreement in which a borrower receives something of value now and agrees to repay the lender at some later date.
    14. 14. Using Credit / Being in Debt Is it a Sin to be in Debt? YES  Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law  Which means you owe no man anything but love
    15. 15. Using Credit / Being in Debt Is it a Sin to be in Debt?  YES  Proverbs 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
    16. 16. Using Credit / Being in Debt Is it a Sin to be in Debt?  NO  Proverbs 22:26–27 Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, One of those who is surety for debts; If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take away your bed from under you?
    17. 17. Using Credit / Being in Debt What should a Christian do?  1 Timothy 6:6–12 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
    18. 18. Using Credit / Being in Debt What should a Christian do?  Is the concept of credit & debt obligations wrong? – The idea is not necessarily no debt, but not to incur debt that you cannot pay. To take without repayment is harming the lender. It is a form of stealing Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not repay, But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
    19. 19. Using Credit / Being in Debt What should a Christian do?  Is the concept of credit & debt obligations wrong? – Excessive debt becomes a form of slavery to the lender Proverbs 22:7 – you end up following the lender’s lead Deuteronomy 28:44 He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail. – It is a form of lying
    20. 20. Using Credit / Being in Debt What should a Christian do?  Solutions – Do not put necessities up as collateral. If you can’t afford to lose it, don’t use it for a loan. Under the Old Law, an Israelite was not allowed to promise (borrow) what he was not able to pay - Ecclesiastes 5:5 Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.
    21. 21. Using Credit / Being in Debt What should a Christian do?  Solutions – If you cosigned a loan, get out of it as quickly as possible - Proverbs 6:1-5 – My son, if you become surety for your friend, If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; Plead with your friend. Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
    22. 22. Using Credit / Being in Debt What should a Christian do?  Solutions – The Scriptures solidly teach against cosigning loans (guaranteeing a loan made to someone else) Proverbs 17:18 A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And becomes surety for his friend. – If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. If your friend can’t afford it, why put your personal possessions at risk? Proverbs 22:26-27
    23. 23. Lawsuits
    24. 24. Lawsuits  A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff
    25. 25. Lawsuits What does the Bible say about this?  The apostle Paul instructed the Corinthian believers to not go to court against one another Corinthians 6:1-8
    26. 26. Lawsuits What does the Bible say about this? If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another—and this in front of unbelievers! The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.
    27. 27. Lawsuits What does the Bible say about this?  For Christians not to forgive each other and reconcile their own differences is to demonstrate spiritual defeat. Why would someone want to become a Christian if Christians have just as many problems and are just as incapable of solving them?
    28. 28. Lawsuits What there is no other recourse?  there are some instances when a lawsuit might be the proper course of action. If the biblical pattern for reconciliation has been followed (Matthew 18:15-17) and the offending party is still in the wrong, in some instances a lawsuit might be justified.  This should only be done after much prayer for wisdom (James 1:5) and consultation with spiritual leadership.
    29. 29. Lawsuits What there is no other recourse? Matthew 18:15–17 If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
    30. 30. Summary  Workaholism: unhealthy obsession with anything besides God is Idolatry  Debt/Credit: incurring debt or issuing credit is not a sin or evil in itself, it is the excessiveness of the act or incurring debt beyond ones capacity to pay  Lawsuits: exhaust all extra judiciary measures first in resolving the conflict before going to court

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