Sunday Morning Soundbytes – 7/8/2007

Doing Church Together | Lou Kochanek

Yesterday’s message was the twelfth in the Doing Church Together series from the book of 1 Timothy. The message was called, Taking Church to Work, taken from 1 Timothy 6:1-2.

1 Timothy 6:1-2 – 1 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them. (NIV)

The main idea of the message was that we take the same Christian faith we celebrate in gathered worship and live it out in the workplace. Here is a brief recap of the message:

Church is not the worship service. It is not the building. The church is the people of God living out their faith in Christ together. On Sunday mornings we gather to worship God together as the church. Throughout the week we go out into the world to serve God together as the church. And that includes serving God with your work.

How do you take church to work?

1) Worship while you work.

All of life belongs to God, and we should seek to glorify God in all that we do. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” This general principle of glorifying God in all that we do is applied specifically to our work in Scripture.

No matter what we are doing we can turn it to worship by offering it to back God in faith and love. This doesn’t mean that we should spend our whole time at work praying with our eyes closed or singing songs of praise out loud. But it means that we invite God into our work, we offer our work to him, and we seek to glorify him in all that we say and do.

2) Witness while you work.

Although Paul is addressing slaves in 1 Timothy 6:1, we can apply the same principles to our working relationships today. And Paul’s instruction here is crystal clear: you should treat your boss with the utmost respect in all that you say and do on the job. This is part of your witness. You represent God and the church before a watching world. If you treat your boss or fellow-workers disrespectfully, they may then speak evil against God and the teachings of Christ.

3) Do good work while you work!

In 1 Timothy 6:2 Paul shifts from unbelieving masters to believing masters. If your boss is a Christian, do not try to take advantage of him because he is a believer. Paul says you should serve believing bosses even better because “those who benefit from your service are believers and dear to you.” The word translated “benefit” in verse 2 is a word that literally means “good work.” As a Christian, you should do your best to produce good, quality work in all that you do.

This is part of your worship. This is part of your witness. And finally, you should do good work while you work because it is the right thing to do. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” God is the ultimate example for us in this. When God created the world, he stopped and evaluated his work, and saw that everything he created was good.

On Sunday mornings we are the church gathered together for worship. But then we go back to our homes and to our places of work for the week. Then we are the church dispersed in the community for service. Let me encourage you to take church to work with you this week. Worship while you work. Witness while you work. Do good work while you work, that God may be glorified in all that you say and do.

Note: To read the complete message, go to the Sermons tab at the top of the blog.

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