Date: May 6, 2001

Series: Developing a Christian Worldview

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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9 to 5: Blessing or Curse?
What God Says About the Worth of Our Work


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“Human beings are made as workers; this is part of what it means to be created in the image of God. We are called to work, and we are to find fulfillment in working. Work has fallen under the curse of sin and so is torn with pain and suffering. But the curse is not the core of work; it is a cancer upon it. Work can be, and will be, fully redeemed as in the new creation it becomes an authentically free human action.”

Paul Marshall


QUESTIONS ...

Do you subconsciously think that full-time Christian work is more significant than a secular job?
What is your gut reaction to the thought of working in heaven?
Describe when you've been most satisfied at work.
How has sin affected your work?
How can non-people-oriented jobs be used by God?



SCRIPTURE: What do the following passages teach us about God's view of work?

Genesis 2:15 “The Lorg God took the man and put him into the garden to cultivate it...”
Genesis 3:17 “Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it...”
Exodus 31:3 “I have filled him with the Spirit... in all kinds of craftmanship...”
Psalm 90:17 “And do confirm for us the work of our hands...”
Ecclesiastes 5:12 “The sleep of the working man is pleasent...”
Matthew 25:15 “To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one...”
1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Colossians 3:22 “Slaves, obey your masters, with sincerity of heart...”
1 Thessalonians 4:11 “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “If anyone will not work, neither let him eat.”


Recommended Reading -

The Fourth Frontier, by Stephen Graves & Thomas Addington
Your Work Matters to God, by Doug Sherman




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