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Work place ministry


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SALT Conference 2011
Bro. Augustine Williams

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Work place ministry

  1. 1. Work – Place - Ministry
  2. 2. Definition <ul><li>Work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization or business God has placed us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product , process or service God has made us responsible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People with whom God brings us to interact </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family where God has placed us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church were God has placed us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Society were God has placed us </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ministry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How we serve God in the context of Work and Place </li></ul></ul>Work – Place - Ministry
  3. 3. <ul><li>Work As Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>At Work Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>After Work Ministry </li></ul>Work – Place - Ministry
  4. 4. Work – Place - Ministry 1. Work As Ministry Basis Ephesians 6:5-7 Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don't just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ's servants doing what God wants you to do . And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you're really serving God. Colossians 3:22-24 Servants, do what you're told by your earthly masters. And don't just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God , confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ.
  5. 5. Work – Place - Ministry Kingdom Principles <ul><li>Honesty Pro 16:11 GOD cares about honesty in the workplace ; your business is his business. Pro 11:1 GOD hates cheating in the marketplace ; he loves it when business is above board. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay your taxes Rom 13:6-7 That's also why you pay taxes--so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>Work life balance -(Spouse) Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives , just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (Children) Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Parents) Eph 6:2-3 &quot; Honor your father and mother &quot;—which is the first commandment with a promise— &quot;that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.“ (Church) Heb 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Society) Jas 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this : to look after orphans and widows in their distress .., Jas 1:27 </li></ul>1. Work As Ministry
  6. 6. Work – Place - Ministry <ul><li>Discipline and Punish - Rom 13:3-4 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 1Pet 2:13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. </li></ul><ul><li>Aim for Excellence Col 3:25 The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn't cover up bad work. Php 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. </li></ul>Kingdom Principles Contd.. 1. Work As Ministry
  7. 7. Work – Place - Ministry <ul><li>Do not serve money - Do not work for increment or promotion work for God Mat 6:24 &quot;No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not work with Selfish Ambition but look for other’s interest: Jas 3:14-16 Mean-spirited ambition isn't wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn't wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn't wisdom. It's the furthest thing from wisdom--it's animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you're trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others' throats . Php 2:3-4 Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. </li></ul>Kingdom Principles Contd.. 1. Work As Ministry
  8. 8. Work – Place - Ministry <ul><li>Work hard you have no choice – Gen 3:17b-19a &quot;Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life . It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food. 2 Thes 3:7-8 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not steal - Time. stationary or others’ credit Tit 2:9-10 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them , but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. </li></ul>Kingdom Principles Contd.. 1. Work As Ministry
  9. 9. Work – Place - Ministry <ul><li>Fight against injustice at work towards all stake holders: Pro 29:7 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Jas 5:4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. </li></ul><ul><li>Be anointed : Psa 90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us ; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. Exo 31:2-3 &quot;See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts— Dan 1:17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. </li></ul>Kingdom Principles Contd.. 1. Work As Ministry
  10. 10. Work – Place - Ministry 1. Work As Ministry Kingdom Principles Contd.. <ul><li>Be motivated not manipulated: 1Tim 5:8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. Eph 4:28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. 1Tim 6:9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Work – Place - Ministry 2. At Work Ministry Basis Philippians 1:12-13 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ . Romans 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them ?
  12. 12. Work – Place - Ministry Guidelines for At Work Ministry 2. At Work Ministry <ul><li>Make the Gospel attractive by personal testimony: Ti 2:9-10 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. </li></ul><ul><li>Share the Gospel at every opportunity: 1Pet 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When you are honest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When you seek forgiveness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When you show care and concern for employees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When you don’t give bribe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When you don’t take part in their “prasad” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Work – Place - Ministry <ul><li>Create opportunity to share Gospel: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Invite colleagues for Christmas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Give farewell dinner at home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Invite for family functions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Arrange special meeting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Offer to pray for people in need: Acts 28:8 His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. </li></ul>2. At Work Ministry Guidelines for At Work Ministry
  14. 14. Work – Place - Ministry 3. After Work Ministry Basis Mathew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, &quot;All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you . And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.“ Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
  15. 15. Work – Place - Ministry 3. After Work Ministry Guidelines for After Work Ministry <ul><li>Local Church Ministry Eph 4:11-12 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers , to prepare God's people for works of service , so that the body of Christ may be built up </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student ministry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open home ministry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling ministry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Children ministry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prison ministry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hospital ministry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach ministry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>1Co 14:26 What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church .
  16. 16. Work – Place - Ministry 3. After Work Ministry <ul><li>Social Ministry Jas 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress Pro 29:3 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered. Pro 29:3 The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. 1Jn 3:17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support an orphanage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Street children ministry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Old age home ministry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ministry among differently abled </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Depressed people on the streets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Child trafficking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ministry to HIV infected and affected children / adults </li></ul></ul></ul>Guidelines for After Work Ministry
  17. 17. Work – Place - Ministry 3. After Work Ministry <ul><li>Be involved in Cross Cultural Missions: Rev 5:9 And they sang a new song: &quot;You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Partner with a mission organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pray </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adopt </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in urban cross cultural mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Survey </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Submit in Prayer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Start an activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Share the Gospel </li></ul></ul></ul>Guidelines for After Work Ministry
  18. 18. Work – Place - Ministry 2 Cor 5:14-15 For Christ's love compels us , because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.