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How Then Shall We Live?
The Christian Worldview Applied to Work
Vocation, Calling, and the Purpose of Work, Week 6
Evan Do...
Five Resources Christian Faith Provides for Work
 Creation
1. Life is more than work: faith as inner ballast
2. All work ...
Life is More Than Work
 Faith provides inner ballast to avoid the twin dangers of pride or
despair
 The “work beneath th...
Who Are We: Starting with Creation
“Christianity is not just involved with ‘salvation’,
but with the total man in the tota...
Work’s Dignity & Importance: Our Work as the “Masks of God”
 Creator
◦ Participating in the work of creation – Adam namin...
Work’s Dignity & Importance: Four Key Institutions of Society
 The family
 Work
 Church
 Government
The Fall’s Effect on Work: Broken Relationships
Bryant Myers’ diagram of poverty as broken relationships, as adapted by Br...
The Fall’s Effect on Work: Broken Relationships
Bryant Myers’ diagram of poverty as broken relationships, as adapted by . ...
The Fall’s Effect on Work: Three Dimensions of Evil
 Personal - sin
 Systemic / social - oppression
 Cosmological (Sata...
Recognizing Work’s Brokenness
 We must acknowledge the limitations to what we can accomplish
in this fallen world
 We mu...
Redemption: Christ’s Work and Ours
 In Christ, the creation is reconciled, broken relationships restored
 He has committ...
Redemption: Faith as Moral Compass for Work
 Human rights are grounded in knowledge that people are made in
God’s image a...
Redeeming Systems: Globalization & Capitalism
 Globalization bringing the world closer together than ever before
 Bringi...
Redeeming Nature: Dominion as Stewardship
“The tree in the field is to be treated with respect.
It is not to be romanticiz...
Redeeming the Professions: Worldview in Work
 Education
 Psychology
 Medicine
 Community development
 Law
 Politics
Redeeming Art: Worldview as a Way of Seeing
 Christian worldview can correct one’s vision, point to “the true, the
good, ...
Christians in the Workplace: Four Roles
 “Mole”: identify sins of the organization
 Witness: compel people to accept Chr...
Nature of a Servant Leader
 Humble, yields decision-making authority to others
 Retains responsibility but yields power
...
Nature of a Steward
 Pursue truth, goodness, and beauty
 Live out God’s priorities: care for creation and the powerless
...
Putting on the Mind of Christ
 “Do not be conformed any longer to the measure of this world but
be transformed by the ren...
The Church’s Role in Culture & Society
 Church often:
◦ Opposes itself to wider culture, is isolationist
◦ Fails to affir...
The Sabbath: Rest, Leisure, and Finding Balance
 Sabbath is:
◦ Time for worship (prayer, preaching, praise, sacraments)
◦...
Consummation: Hope in the Midst of Work’s Disappointments
Illustration of “Leaf by Niggle” by Alan Lee, from Tales from th...
Consummation: The Reward of the Master’s Joy
Illustration of “Leaf by Niggle” by MirachRavaia
Retrieved from http://ladyan...
Conclusion: Beginning with the End in Mind
As you consider your calling, ask questions such as these:
 What gets you out ...
For Further Study
 Fletcher Tink, “Theology of Work for the STEM Professions,”
weeks 1-8 slides (http://www.slideshare.ne...
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How Then Shall We Live? - The Christian Worldview Applied to Work

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Discusses how the Christian worldview provides resources for affirming the dignity of work; guiding one's ethical decisions in work; reforming your vocation to have a Biblical perspective on humanity & creation; finding balance between work, rest, and other responsibilities; and showing how work has eternal value and reward.

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How Then Shall We Live? - The Christian Worldview Applied to Work

  1. 1. How Then Shall We Live? The Christian Worldview Applied to Work Vocation, Calling, and the Purpose of Work, Week 6 Evan Donovan
  2. 2. Five Resources Christian Faith Provides for Work  Creation 1. Life is more than work: faith as inner ballast 2. All work has dignity and worth  Redemption 3. Faith as moral compass in world of work 4. Christian world & life view guides the means & ends of work  Consummation 5. Faith provides hope of fulfillment in work, even in midst of work’s disappointments
  3. 3. Life is More Than Work  Faith provides inner ballast to avoid the twin dangers of pride or despair  The “work beneath the work” can drain us because we are either deriving our value from work or just slogging through it to get to something else  “I have learned in every state to be content.” ~Apostle Paul, Phil. 4:11
  4. 4. Who Are We: Starting with Creation “Christianity is not just involved with ‘salvation’, but with the total man in the total world. The Christian message begins with the existence of God forever, and then with creation. It does not begin with salvation. We must be thankful for salvation, but the Christian message is more than that. Man has…value because he is made in the image of God.” - Francis Schaeffer
  5. 5. Work’s Dignity & Importance: Our Work as the “Masks of God”  Creator ◦ Participating in the work of creation – Adam naming the animals  Redeemer ◦ Reversing the effects of Fall – “far as the curse is found”  Sustainer ◦ Helping to keep the world in being and in order
  6. 6. Work’s Dignity & Importance: Four Key Institutions of Society  The family  Work  Church  Government
  7. 7. The Fall’s Effect on Work: Broken Relationships Bryant Myers’ diagram of poverty as broken relationships, as adapted by Bryan Fikkert & Steve Corbett of the Chalmers Center. Retrieved from http://network.crcna.org/global-mission/getting-going-helping-without-hurting on 2/5/2016.
  8. 8. The Fall’s Effect on Work: Broken Relationships Bryant Myers’ diagram of poverty as broken relationships, as adapted by . Retrieved from http://network.crcna.org/global-mission/getting-going-helping-without-hurting on 2/5/2016.
  9. 9. The Fall’s Effect on Work: Three Dimensions of Evil  Personal - sin  Systemic / social - oppression  Cosmological (Satanic / demonic) – “principalities and powers” Finding balance: “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins [personal], in which you used to live when you followed the ways of the world [systemic] and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air [cosmological], the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” (Eph. 2:1-2)
  10. 10. Recognizing Work’s Brokenness  We must acknowledge the limitations to what we can accomplish in this fallen world  We must neither “strive after the wind” (overwork), nor be idle  We are not called to selfishness, but service  Work reveals our idols if we try to find satisfaction in it rather than in who we are already in Christ  Workplace can become a place of envy, jealousy, gossip, but this really just reveals what was already in our hearts (Mark 7:20-23; James 4:1)
  11. 11. Redemption: Christ’s Work and Ours  In Christ, the creation is reconciled, broken relationships restored  He has committed to believers the ministry of reconciliation  This means bringing people into right relationship with God, but it also means working in God’s power to reverse the effects of the Fall  Through Jesus’ ministry, He met both spiritual and material needs; we must also
  12. 12. Redemption: Faith as Moral Compass for Work  Human rights are grounded in knowledge that people are made in God’s image and in the Christian virtue of love  Throughout the Old Testament, we see the call to ethical living, both as individuals and in society  “He has told you…what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
  13. 13. Redeeming Systems: Globalization & Capitalism  Globalization bringing the world closer together than ever before  Bringing up incomes in many parts of the world, yet…  Negative effects: ◦ Homogenization of culture, loss of cultural uniqueness ◦ Inequality within some nations ◦ Environmental harm ◦ Breakdown of traditional communities  Globalization rooted in capitalism, which has great benefits but doesn’t necessarily operate by ethics other than profit maximization
  14. 14. Redeeming Nature: Dominion as Stewardship “The tree in the field is to be treated with respect. It is not to be romanticized as the old lady romanticizes her cat (that is, she reads human reactions into it)… But while we should not romanticize the tree, we must realize that God made it and it deserves respect because he made it as a tree... Christians who do not believe in the complete evolutionary scale have reason to respect nature as the total evolutionist never can, because we believe that God made these things specifically in their own areas” and He made them for a purpose. - Francis Schaeffer
  15. 15. Redeeming the Professions: Worldview in Work  Education  Psychology  Medicine  Community development  Law  Politics
  16. 16. Redeeming Art: Worldview as a Way of Seeing  Christian worldview can correct one’s vision, point to “the true, the good, and the beautiful”  “Your beliefs will be the light by which you see, but they will not be what you see and they will not be a substitute for seeing.” ~Flannery O’Connor
  17. 17. Christians in the Workplace: Four Roles  “Mole”: identify sins of the organization  Witness: compel people to accept Christ, attend church  Tentmaker: earn enough to support one’s church work  Servant / Steward: work well, “as to the Lord and not men” (Col. 3:23), seeking to transform the workplace as possible
  18. 18. Nature of a Servant Leader  Humble, yields decision-making authority to others  Retains responsibility but yields power  Serves a higher purpose than one’s own
  19. 19. Nature of a Steward  Pursue truth, goodness, and beauty  Live out God’s priorities: care for creation and the powerless  Recognize that all that we have is a gift from God
  20. 20. Putting on the Mind of Christ  “Do not be conformed any longer to the measure of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom. 12:2)  God gives wisdom because He gives us the Holy Spirit to transform our character (Keller)  Christ-minded people are salt and light in the world, people like those whom Jesus calls blessed in the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12)
  21. 21. The Church’s Role in Culture & Society  Church often: ◦ Opposes itself to wider culture, is isolationist ◦ Fails to affirm those in secular vocations  Church should engage with broader culture because God’s common grace means things are not completely fallen (Keller)  Church calls people together in order to send them back in the world: a place of worship, restoration, and equipping (Tink)
  22. 22. The Sabbath: Rest, Leisure, and Finding Balance  Sabbath is: ◦ Time for worship (prayer, preaching, praise, sacraments) ◦ Time for rest & renewal ◦ Time for community ◦ Time for service (“works of necessity and mercy”)  Leisure: ◦ Not sinful, but necessary ◦ Time for appreciating creation (Josef Pieper, quoted in Keller) ◦ Time for engaging in re-creation  Sabbath cycle shows that God knows our need for balance, so He gives us rest
  23. 23. Consummation: Hope in the Midst of Work’s Disappointments Illustration of “Leaf by Niggle” by Alan Lee, from Tales from the Perilous Realm. Retrieved from http://www.dana-mad.ru/gal/image.php?img=708 on 2/5/2016. “‘There really is a tree!’” – J.R.R. Tolkien, “Leaf by Niggle”
  24. 24. Consummation: The Reward of the Master’s Joy Illustration of “Leaf by Niggle” by MirachRavaia Retrieved from http://ladyanaire.deviantart.com/art/Leaf-by-Niggle-257403095 on 2/5/2016.
  25. 25. Conclusion: Beginning with the End in Mind As you consider your calling, ask questions such as these:  What gets you out of bed in the morning? What inspires you?  Imagine your funeral & what people will say: ◦ How will you be missed? What vacuum will you leave? ◦ What kind of legacy do you hope to leave behind? ◦ Will anything have been transformed?  Given the limitations of your circumstances, how can you advance your calling from what you are doing today?
  26. 26. For Further Study  Fletcher Tink, “Theology of Work for the STEM Professions,” weeks 1-8 slides (http://www.slideshare.net/techmission/tow- week1)  Tim Keller, “Every Good Endeavor” presentation (in course)  Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor  R. Paul Stevens, The Other Six Days

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