Join us this Sunday as Pastor David answers the questions “Should my career b the driving force of my life? Will the right job give me lasting joy & purpose? Should I “sell my soul” to the company?”. In-person or online beginning at 10:30 am!
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Q: Should my career be the driving force of my life?
Q: Will the right job give me lasting joy & purpose?
Q: Should I “sell my soul” to the company?
THE REALITY OF WORK “UNDER THE SUN”
1. It can provide some short-term ________________. (2:10)
2. It takes ____________. (2:4-9)
3. It is never ________________. (2:22-23; 10:18)
4. It often ___________ us down. (1:3; 2:17; 3:9-10)
And to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to your wife and at the fruit I told you not to eat, I have placed a curse on the ground. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it…All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day…” (Genesis 3:17, 19a)
5. It is not _________________. (2:18-21)
6. It has no lasting purpose. (2:11,17)
FOUR BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES TO WORK BY
1. Enjoy your work as a ___________ from God.
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that this pleasure is from the hand of God. (Ecclesiastes 2:24)(NLT)
And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labour, for these are gifts from God. (Ecc. 3:13)(NLT)
2. Include ____________ in your work. (4:9-12)
3. Take time to ______________. (5:12; 10:10)
Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work… (Genesis 20:8-10a)
4. Trust the ___________ for the result of your work. (11:1-6)
Q1: What jobs have you worked at? What was your most/least favourite?
Q2: What kind of work stress do you experience? How do you manage work stress?
Q3: Read Proverbs 6:6-11, 10:4, 15:19, 18:9, 21:25,26.
What do these verses teach about work?
Q4: Which of the 4 biblical principles for work do you need to apply? Why?
Q5: Read Ephesians 2:8-10. What work principles can you glean from this text?
Q5: Study II Timothy 3:16-17. How can the Word of God impact your work environment?
Q7: Read and discuss the following quote: “The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays — not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God loves clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.” (Martin Luther)