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WEDNESDAY NIGHT we are studying the Book of MATTHEW! We have service for Adults in the Sanctuary and age appropriate children’s activities in the blue, purple, orange and green rooms with Believing Kids and Promiseland!

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EDGE meets in the GARAGE at 7 PM for worship, learning and lots of fun with our Middle & High School students!

See you tomorrow night for One Hour on Wednesday!

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If you missed the first week of WORK LIFE, go to  http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/ and listen to “Whatever You Do” online. You will also find a copy of the sermon notes below to review!

WORK LIFE WHATEVER YOU DO Believers Statesboro 08/11/2013

One of the most common questions that people ask someone when they first meet them is, “What do you do for a living?” “Where do you work?” “Do you work outside of the home?”

The word “Work” appears in the Bible 891 times.

  • In Genesis we see God at work and we are created in the image of God to work as well.
  • Adam and Eve were called to work the Garden of Eden. (Gen 2:15)
  • Jesus worked. John 9:4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. (NIV)
  • The Holy Spirit works. (1 Cor. 12:11)
  • The Devil is at work. (I Jn 3:8)

Throughout history men and women have worked.

  • Paul said in II Th 3:10-13 “…If a man will not work, he shall not eat…” And in 1 Tim 5:8 he said, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (NIV)
  • So we are all called to work and provide as long as we are physically and mentally able.

NEXT STEP: Share what I do for my “Work Life”.

 

We were created to work and it’s good to work but have you discovered deeper meaning in your Work Life rather than just providing for you and your family?

Do you find your Work Life fulfilling and satisfying?

Can you see an eternal purpose in your job or career?

Grievous or Good

Ecclesiates 2:17 (Words of Solomon) So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. (NIV)

Contrast that verse “the frustration of the meaningless work” with the New Testament verse Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)

“If you are living out divine assignments, truly utilizing your gifts, and getting to do that forty or fifty hours a week, you will never say “this life is meaningless.” You will say “my life is full of meaning, purpose, potential and passion.”

Whatever You Do

Col 3:17-22

17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Then Paul gives us some examples of “Whatever”.

18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

Then Paul extends this challenge beyond family relationships and includes our “Work Life”.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.”

So it is safe to say and scripturally correct that our “Work Lives” should be included in “Whatever You Do”. So whatever you do, be it a waitress, doctor, house cleaner, cook, professor etc., do it all in the name of the Lord.

Col 3:23-24

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (NIV)

Again… Whatever You Do. Whatever your occupation is. Whatever your work life is.

Who Do You Work For?

Col 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

Cultivating this attitude will help you live a clean and Godly life and change the way you work.

“…work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” (NIV)

“…And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men…” (NKJ)

  • You can’t drag in late as working for the Lord.
  • You can’t call in sick excessively as unto the Lord.
  • You can’t hold bitterness in your heart toward your workmates as unto the Lord.
  • You can’t fight with your co-workers as unto the Lord.
  • You can’t cheat the clock or steal time as unto the Lord.

In this text Paul is saying, let your attitude at work be that Jesus is your boss. But I believe you will see, as we move through this series on “Work Life” that we literally work for Christ Jesus!

Working for the Lord, Not for Men

Col 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

Colossians 3:23 introduces a question of our motives.

Motive is best defined as: “Why I do the things I do and who do I do them for.”

When I go to work…

  • Am I doing it for the Lord or for self-gratification?
    • Am I living to work or working so that I can live.
    • Am I doing what I want to do or what God wants me to do.
  • Am I pleasing God or pleasing man?

Acts 5:27-29 Vs 29 “…We must obey God rather than men!” (NIV)

Sometimes it’s impossible to please man or please your employer once he gets it in for you. If that happens you just need to focus on working as unto Jesus and resting peacefully each night knowing that you actions at work that day pleased the Lord, whether man was pleased or not.

If you fall into the trap of pleasing men… If you see men as your master or the controller of your life one of two things will happen.

1 You will become embittered toward men, or your boss.

2 You will become phony and political, manipulating circumstances at work for your benefit and promotion.

Remember God is your promoter, your provider, and He is bigger than your job and paycheck.

NEXT STEP: Determine to work as unto the Lord, rather than man.

The Rewards

Proverbs 12:14 From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. (NIV)

Your ultimate reward is not your paycheck. Your ultimate reward is the inheritance that comes from the Lord!

Col 3:17-22

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward…

Honestly, who hasn’t daydreamed about a rich uncle leaving them a large monetary inheritance?

  • An inheritance from the Lord is far better than any inheritance on this earth.
  • Our time on earth is brief and our rewards here are temporal. But when we work for Jesus, we have eternal rewards as well as rewards here on this earth.

When we live for self-gratification or to please others, our reward is limited to the measure of satisfaction that we may experience or the fleeting praise others might offer us.

When we live as unto the Lord we receive an inheritance from Him, which last for eternity!

When we change our focus to eternal things it affects our decision making and job performance.

We Work For Jesus

Col 3:24 … It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Ephesians 6:6 says that we are “slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.” (NIV)

We work for Christ Jesus and where ever He has us working is a job assignment. Our current “Work Life” is an assignment from our boss Christ Jesus. So how should we approach our work?

Work at it with all your heart (NIV) … Do It Heartily! (NKJ)

Heartily – with all of your heart – Cheerfully with effort. Give it 100%

Put time and energy into it. Do it with all your might. Do it in an excellent matter.

Be the best at your “Work Life” as you can and do it as unto the Lord!

DON’T GIVE GOD YOUR SECOND BEST!

  • We don’t need to be lazy people who procrastinate, or are non-productive.

Proverbs 14:2 all hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (NIV)

  • I believe that we should be a people of excellence because our God is an excellent God, doing nothing half heartily!
    • Excellence inspires others to be excellent in what they do. Excellence attracts excellence.
    • Our excellence will be noticed by others.

Proverbs 22:29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. (NIV)

YOU represent Christ Jesus, so work heartily as unto the Lord. That will impress people. That will make them take note. They will say, “Wow, why is this person so different?” “Why do they have such a zest for life?” “What power drives them to be the way they are and how can I get it?”

To answer our questions:

What will make our Work Life fulfilling and satisfying?

How can we see an eternal purpose in our jobs or careers?

By doing all that we do heartily as unto the Lord!

NEXT STEP: Determine, with God’s help, to be the best at my “Work Life” as possible.

Working heartily as unto the Lord!

Life Group and Family Devotional Questions

  1. Share what your “Work Life” is all about and how long you have been doing it. Have your kids share what they would like for their Work Life to be one day?
  1. Do you find your work life Grievous (Eccl 2:17) or Good (Eph 2:10)? Why?
  1. What do you think about the biblical concept that you work for Christ Jesus?
  1. Picture Jesus as your boss in your current job. What would you do differently at work than you are doing now?
  1. How would working unto the Lord change your current job circumstances and work relationships? Do you think you and / or the organization would be more productive?
  1. How can working as unto the Lord produce eternal rewards? Explain.

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This Wednesday night “One Hour on Wednesday” is back at 7 p.m.! We will begin our verse by verse Bible study on the Book of Matthew. Promiseland and Believing Kids will meet in the Blue, Purple, Orange & Green rooms for Wednesday night fun!!

 

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ARE YOUR BONES RATTLING?  Believers Statesboro 08-04-13

As we read in the book of Ezekiel, the story of the “Valley of Dry Bones”, there are spiritual implications as to how this applies to our lives as individuals.

“AHA”

Ezekiel 36: 1-2 1 “Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. 2 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The enemy said of you, “Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.”’

As we apply this to our lives spiritually, sometimes the enemy of our souls comes against us in our defeated state of mind and says, “AHA!”

May we be reminded that we are a promise of the Lord, meaning we are called and set apart by the Lord.

1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

We are a royal priesthood. Once we were nobody, but because of Christ in us, we are now somebody!

2 Corinthians 5:21

Next Step: Remind myself every day that I am the Righteousness of Christ.

There was a Noise

Ezekiel 37:1-14

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.

We can look at this passage from three different angles: 1. A nation (America), 2. A church, 3. Individuals

The Holy Spirit had shown Ezekiel a vision of dry bones, and then to prophesy to these bones to be raised to life. This vision was given to assure the exiles that they would be restored.

Sometimes we become like the house of Israel and need to be restored.

Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’

Psalm 137:1-4

Ezekiel 36:26-27 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

Jesus wants to take my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh.

He wants to put HIS Spirit in you so that you will WANT to follow after Him, wholeheartedly, again.

Next Step: Make a commitment to follow the Lord wholeheartedly.

Why does God want to do this?

Ezekiel 36:9; 22 9 I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, 22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.

God intended to restore Israel to the land, not primarily for their sake, but to vindicate the holiness of His great name.

The Lord is concerned about us and loves us. It is not because of what we have done, because if that were the case, we would receive punishment and damnation. It is because of WHO HE IS. It is His nature to love His children.

Psalm 8:3-5 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; 4 What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? 5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty!

THIS IS GRACE!

Grace is us not getting what we deserved, because in our own merits, we are unworthy. It is because of the blood of Jesus that was shed for us that makes us worthy to be called sons of God.

Life Group and Family Discussion Questions

1. Were there ever times, maybe even now, in your life when you felt spiritually dry, and needed to be resurrected or restored?

2. (Share one of these times with the group)

3. Were these “dry times” a result of you pulling away from the Lord, or a “season” God was taking you through for Him to show you some things?

4. What scriptures in the Bible helped you get through these times?

5. Briefly share with the group what His grace means to you?

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As we read in the book of Ezekiel,“The Valley of Dry Bones”,  there are spiritual implications as to how this applies to our lives as individuals.  Join us at Believers Church this Sunday at 9 or 11 AM as Pastor Mike Oglesby shares with us how we can be raised to life by the Holy Spirit.