Preaching on Vocation
Our work is one of the main ways to participate in the mission of Jesus.
The longer I preach, the more I realize that in the fight for the kingdom of God, my arch nemesis isn't liberalism, conservatism, secularism, pluralism, or any of the isms at all—it's irrelevance. So many of the burning, acute issues of our day and age simply don't get talked about in church. At all. Tom Nelson wisely said, "In the church, we often spend the majority of our time teaching people how to live the minority of their lives."
He's so right. Think about it. After we're done teaching on a Sunday, most of our people will spend well over forty hours at their job. That's not even counting all the work they don't get paid for: parenting, cleaning the kitchen, yard work, exercise, social justice, and serving at the church …
Work consumes the lion's share of our lives. So why don't we talk about it more often in the church? We need to talk about it. The question is: How?
Work and discipleship
Well our teaching on work has to grow ...