Monday, 23 July 2012

Sermon Review Worship Part 2 ( Work )

Sunday Sermon Review July 22, 2012 - Worship in Work

Before I write this post, I want to point out that I do not agree 100% with the Pastor's take in that your work is worship. While I do firmly believe that a Christian must allow Christ to be Lord and Master in every area of life ( includes family, finances, health, work, recreation, etc - everything) that is not the same as worship. Worship is much more than that. We adore our Savior for all that He is and that He has done in us. As a follower of Christ we strive to allow Christ to influence and direct each decision and choice that we make.

The worship leader began by reminding us that nature never stops worshipping God. He mentioned the birds, frogs etc. He prayed for God to reveal Himself to us, to open our eyes to see God at work all around us in our world. He read from Psalm 62: 1-8

This was followed by a presentation by a Canadian Foodgrains Bank representative.
This was followed by a few songs including "In Christ Alone".

The preacher today was one of the Pastors at our church - Pastor Frank
He began by repeating the definition of worship from last Sunday. Worship is our response to what God has done for us and that it is more than Sunday morning worship.
He quoted Romans 12:1 from the NIV and the Message but I will post it from KJV - Romans 12:1 says  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service

How Can We Worship God in Work?
Some view work as a curse and believe that no one should have to work. But the Biblical perspective of work is clear from Genesis where God gave the task of taking care of the creatures and the world to Adam and to the rest of us. God invented work and He expects people to work.
Ephesians 4:28 says Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth

Our Culture Bases Career on Earning Potential
Is your career choice based on selfish motives?
Ignore the obsession of the paycheck

God honoring work does not need to involve the church - Pastor Frank mentioned homemakers and seniors who volunteer

How can we Worship God in Work
With the attitude of serving others
Phillipians 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Our motive should be on serving others and helping the needy.
Consider the needs of your boss, clients and collegues and show appreciation
Put the interests of family ahead of your own
By doing so we are worhipping God.
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Worship at work is guarding your speech at coffee and lunchtime
Phillipians 2:14 says Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Remind yourself to stop complaining, to thank God and to pray when you are frustrated
When you are angry, Talk to God rather than counting to 10

How we behave at work determines the joy others around us will find in their work.
God's Blessing will pass from us to others
That ended the message on Worship in Work by Pastor Frank.

Next Sunday the church service is again cancelled at our church. The following Sunday the topic will be Worship in your Marriage.

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