Series: That Thing You Do
Title: Part 1
Date: April 2-3, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
Through this series, lets work on our Theology of Work - How does God see our work?
Why do you work? I work because: It’s a means to an end. / It’s a necessary evil. / It’s part of the “curse.” / I want to retire one day. / I want ﬁnancial security. / I want to do my part. / I want to eat, live, and enjoy life. / It helps show my worth. / Other?
Myth: Sacred vs Secular (We need to remove the divide and realize that God wants to impact all of our life.)
Truth: Everything Is Spiritual (When God redeemed you, He redeemed all of your life.)
Questions we need to wrestle with during this series:
· How does God see me?
· How does God see my work?
· Why do I work?
· Why does my work matter?
· How does my work impact my identity?
· What needs to shift in my thinking?
The “why” behind our work matters!
In the beginning God created… Genesis 1:1a (NIV)
· “God said, ‘Let there be . . . ”
· “And it was so.”
· “God saw that it was good.”
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15 (NIV)
Before the fall - the world is perfect and work is there! You are made for work.
Our Job Description: be fruitful / ﬁll the earth / subdue the earth / work it / take care of it
What if we viewed work as a way to express who God created us to be?
What if our work is how we give our best selves (the image of God) to those around us?
God’s work isn’t done - He is redeeming creation and making all things new – through you:
· Work against God (bad idea)
· Work independent of God (comes to nothing)
· Work with God
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. - Colossians 3:23
· What was your first job?
· What was a job that you didn’t really enjoy or was challenging?
· What are some of the reasons why you work? Consider some of the examples that Phil gave:
o It’s a means to an end.
o It’s a necessary evil.
o It’s part of the “curse.”
o I want to retire one day.
o I want ﬁnancial security.
o I want to do my part.
o I want to eat, live, and enjoy life.
o It helps show my worth.
· Phil mentioned that many things shape our view of work: family, memories, work history, church, etc. What are some of the things that have shaped your view of work, for good or bad?
· Phil mentioned the myth that there is a divide between sacred and secular. The truth is that everything is spiritual. Where is you life do you see the myth of sacred and secular?
· How do you think that God sees your work?
· Phil asked, “What if we viewed work as a way to express who God created us to be? What if our work is how we give our best selves (the image of God) to those around us?”
· How would you respond to those questions?
· What would it look like for you to view your work in this way?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?