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Don't Miss Your Calling | Dr. Bill Peel

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Don't Miss Your Calling | Dr. Bill Peel

  1. 1. Don’t Miss Your Calling Covenant Church, 2018 Bill Peel Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University
  2. 2. https://player.vimeo.com/video/262978045
  3. 3. Three Elements of God’s Calling ► To know God in a personal and intimate way Jeremiah 9:23-24 Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me …
  4. 4. Three Elements of God’s Calling ► To be conformed to His image Romans 8:28-29 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son
  5. 5. Three Elements of God’s Calling ► To be involved with Him in His work 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.
  6. 6. An Important Question How do you view your work?
  7. 7. How do you view your work?
  8. 8. How do you view your work? 71% are just putting in time
  9. 9. R.G. LeTourneau
  10. 10. The Disconnect GOD
  11. 11. Image via flickr by Valdlney Pimenta Prayer Bible Study Missions Evangelism Worship Serving the Poor GOD’S INTERESTS Work Business & Finance Politics Rock Music Rangers Baseball Making a Living REAL WORLD A Pagan, Not Christian, Point of View
  12. 12. Missionaries  Pastors  Bible college graduates  Work at a “secular” job The Danger
  13. 13. The Real Question What does God think of work?
  14. 14. Work Worship Does the Bible say more about work or worship?
  15. 15. Workplace Clergy 75% 25% Who are God’s heroes in the Bible?
  16. 16. Can you identify these heroes of the Bible? Reared in the family ranching business, his jealous brothers had him kidnapped and taken to a foreign country where he eventually rose to a top governmental position and saved the near east from famine by savvy grain futures trading.
  17. 17. Can you identify these heroes of the Bible? In a day when women were considered baby factories, she executed several entrepreneurial ventures into real estate and textiles, while maintaining excellent management of her family estate.
  18. 18. Can you identify these heroes of the Bible? She ran a successful enterprise in the upscale fashion industry and opened her place of business to serve as the meeting place of the first church in Europe.
  19. 19. Workplace Other 32 5 What was the context for Jesus’ 37 parables?
  20. 20. Reframing Work What does God think of work?
  21. 21. Reframing Work 1. Work is a gift of God, essential for human flourishing. 2. Work is an expression of our love. 3. Work is the proving ground of our faith. 4. The workplace is a strategic mission field.
  22. 22. Reframing Work 1. Work is a gift of God, essential for human flourishing.
  23. 23. God is a worker Himself.
  24. 24. Reframing Work Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 2:2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
  25. 25. God created us in His image to be workers.
  26. 26. Reframing Work Genesis 2:15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
  27. 27. Reframing Work Genesis 1:27-28 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
  28. 28. Our 4-Fold Job Description ► Be fruitful = productive ► Multiply = reproduce; become great ► Fill the earth = bring to full flower ► Subdue and rule it = bring under submission Reframing Work
  29. 29. “When God created the world and everything in it, He didn’t mean for us to stop there and say, ‘God, you’ve done it all. There’s nothing left for us to build.’ He wanted us to take off from there and really build for His greater glory.”
  30. 30. Reframing Work 1. Work is a gift of God, essential for human flourishing. 2. Work is an expression of our love.
  31. 31. The Great Commandment Luke 10:27 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself.
  32. 32. The Great Commandment at Work ► An expression of our love for … God Colossians 3:22-23 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men …
  33. 33. The Great Commandment at Work ► An expression of our love for … neighbors 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 Now about brotherly love … Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
  34. 34. Reframing Work 1. Work is a gift of God, essential for human flourishing. 2. Work is an expression of our love. 3. Work is the proving ground of our faith.
  35. 35. Work: Faith’s Proving Ground ► Apart from God, work easily becomes an … idol. Matthew 6:24 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.
  36. 36. Work: Faith’s Proving Ground ► Work is where we learn to … trust God. Psalm 127:1-2 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. 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.
  37. 37. Reframing Work 1. Work is a gift of God, essential for human flourishing. 2. Work is an expression of our love. 3. Work is the proving ground of our faith. 4. The workplace is a strategic mission field.
  38. 38. Work: Our Mission Field ► The gospel spread through the … workplace Acts 20:20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. House = Oikos () basic economic unit of the Greco-Roman world
  39. 39. Work: Our Mission Field ► The reality of our faith is most … evident to others. Colossians 4:5-6 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
  40. 40. Implications 1. Monday morning may be frustrating, but it is never meaningless. 2. Our daily work is important to God and His kingdom. 3. When we take our faith to work, even the most mundane tasks take on spiritual significance.
  41. 41. Implications 4. We go to work for the same reasons we go to church: to worship God and serve our fellow man. 5. Work is not a distraction from our spiritual lives; it is key to our spiritual lives. 6. Our work is our primary mission field.

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