Current Sermon Series
“Life @ Work”
Beginning September 9
Life@work. It’s where we spend huge amounts of time and energy. Between the ages of 22-65, an average person will spend approximately 5,000 hours in a church pew and roughly 90,000 hours at work. What does one have to do with the other?
For many Christ followers, there is no relevant connection between the two. We tend to divide our lives into separate, self-contained compartments: family, leisure activities, personal time, work, community volunteer, church or another expression of faith, etc. Each piece stands alone, disconnected from the others. But is this how God sees it?
In this 4-week series, we are going to examine some of the myths that create a disconnect between our faith and our work. Could I be guilty of switching God off at work? Could I be a “Monday morning atheist“?
“Working in the Dark“
|There are multiple motivations that send people into the marketplace every day, and many of those reasons are legitimate. However, it’s also possible that none of these motives are connected to our faith. We hear a lot about the separation of church and state .. what about the separation between work and faith? Is it possible that even with a noble motivation for working, I could still be a “Monday morning atheist?”|
“Finding the Intersection of God and Work“
|Myth: Only some of life is spiritual.Truth: Everything was created by God for His glory.
The disconnect between faith and work creates a “spiritual schizophrenia” where we struggle to navigate two or more apparent realities. We live with a split mind where God and work are on opposing sides. Is God really interested in my work? Does my work matter to God?
“A Do-It-Yourself Lifestyle“
|Myth: I’m alone and it’s all up to me.Truth: God is always with me, even when I am at work.
We find ourselves in situations where it feels like God is absent. He has excused Himself, leaving us alone to deal with our problem. I might also feel that way about my work, that God could care less about what I do or how I do it. He is irrelevant or absent, which means I am left to my own resources. I need to reclaim the promise of God’s presence ~ everywhere, all the time, no matter what I am doing, I can live in God’s presence ~ even at work!
“Wasting Away in Workville“
|Myth: My work is a waste ~ it’s just a paycheck for me.
Truth: God gives meaning and value to our work.
Research has discovered that only 15-20% of us claim to be able to put our strengths to work every day. That means we could be spending 80% of our work day in what feels like routine, meaningless activity. Am I making any difference at all in my vocation? What’s the point? My perspective can begin to change when I realize God is a worker. He made work, and He made work matter. He can help me find value in my work. I don’t have to waste away in “Workville.”