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Saturday, October 15 2011
Theology of Work
Dear Church Body,
We continue to labor together as the Word of God teaches us: “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Eph 4:12–16 ESV)
We find the goals of our teaching ministry at GfBC Conroe directly from the Scriptures:
To equip the saints
To do the “work” of ministry
To attain unity in the faith and knowledge of the Son of God
To grow to maturity, no longer children in the faith
To avoid “human cunning, craftiness and deceitful schemes”
To join together as one body
To learn how every “joint” (body part) functions correctly
To see the Kingdom of God advance (that’s what is meant by “body grow”)
Please commit to pray for your own growth, for the growth of your leaders, for the growth of all your brothers and sisters at GfBC Conroe and for the advancement of the Kingdom of our great God and Savior.
Over the past two quarters we have considered together two of the “creation ordinances”: marriage in the second quarter and family (discipleship) in the third quarter. We will be focusing this quarter on two other creation ordinances: the Lord’s Day (Christian Sabbath) during our Lord’s Day worship, and then also on the related ordinance of work or labor during our men’s meetings.
For those unable to be with us last week at the men’s meeting, we want to recap how our study together will work this quarter. The primary reasons for this study on the theology of work are four-fold:
God requires us to labor (see Gen. 2:15 & Ex 20:8-11)
Labor and work is a significant part of our lives, so we need to think Biblically about it. (Everyone labors, not just men working “outside the home”.)
Our various labors are a source of struggle for us, so we must be equipped by the Word of God to persevere in this struggle
The doctrine of work is distinctively reformed. This was a doctrine recovered and redeemed as a result of the reformation, but still continues to be distorted
Our material this quarter will be a 10 part sermon series presented from a distinctively reformed and Biblical perspective. You can access the sermons at the link below for streaming from the web or you can download as mp3’s. All of the sermons are also available in print form to read and to study in greater detail. Please commit to listen to and read these sermons as a family and discuss the implications with your wives and children. We will be providing a study guide to go along with these sermons as a help.
For the month of October, we will cover the first three sermons to discuss at our November men’s meeting. Please note that sermon #2 has no audio, so you just need to read that one. If you desire, you’re welcome to gather in small fellowship groups to listen to these together as well!
Here are some of the topics we will consider related to work and labor during this quarter:
General Scriptural teaching about work
The good and bad (blessings and curses) of work
Duties of employees
Duties of employers
Partnering with unbelievers
Thank you for your prayers for us as we continue to seek the Lord’s Wisdom and direction for this church body!
Greg and David
Monday March 21, 2011
Brothers and sisters,
I'm thankful for a rich Lord's Day worship yesterday. God has richly blessed his people, and I'm so thankful for the privilege to serve this local gathering of Christ's church.
I quoted briefly during the sermon Sunday from an article by Graeme Goldsworthy called "A Biblical-Theological Perspective on Prayer". While he is not writing in the article about Romans 9 specifically, the application to prayer from the whole epistle to the Romans is clear. I hope you will read this article and be blessed by it; Goldsworthy is a faithful scholar who has been a great help to me in my study of God's Word.
Sunday March 13, 2011
Here are two links for your review, one for an audio sermon, and one for an article that I think will be helpful. For the sermon, this was preached by John Piper several years ago on Romans 3:1-8, entitled "Why God Inspired Hard Texts". I mentioned this one in our Q & A session on 3/13. Even though the text is an earlier one from Romans, I think the application for Romans 9 will be clear. God continues to challenge his people to "gird up the loins of your mind". You can stream the sermon or download to an ipod/mp3 player.
The second link is an article giving a brief comparison of "covenantal" vs. "dispensational" theology. As a church holding to the covenantal view, I think this article may be helpful in our study, especially as we preach through chapters 9-11 in Romans.
Because these are issues that every church deals with on a normal basis, we have decided to repost these articles that were written two years ago.
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