The Other Six - Part 4: The Pleasure of Work

Sermon Questions: 
1. What keeps me from taking pleasure in my work? From seeing my work as a gift?
2. How does my work help me "love my neighbor"? How does it benefit others? 
3. Where am I called? What has God made me to do?
4. How can the gospel enable and empower me to enjoy my work, even if it's not ideal? 

Discussion Questions: 
1. Think of some of the work you’ve most enjoyed — what makes work enjoyable? And what
most damages joy in work?
2. How would a film introduce a character doing your job and loving it?

To Eliminate Poverty, Work for Prosperity

When the prophet Jeremiah brings the word of the Lord to the exiles in Babylon, he tells them to work for the prosperity of the city. (29:7 link to Net Bible) Notice that he doesn't say to "fight poverty" but instead to work for prosperity. 

In many ways, poverty is like darkness -- it is not a thing, but the absence of a thing. Darkness can only be overcome by the addition of light. Likewise, the solution to poverty is the creation of prosperity. 

In this 15 minute TEDx talk, Nigerian Efosa Ojomo, applies these ideas to the context of Africa today. 

Week Three - Further Reading

Listed below are several of the books (and an essay) Bryan mentioned in this week's sermon:

Every Good Endeavor, by Tim Keller
A widely praised book on Faith & Work [Amazon]

Growing Leaders, by James Lawrence
The "Cycle of Grief" which Bryan explained, and Jon Parrish has recently used as well, is explained in this book on Christian leadership. [Amazon

Why Work, by Dorothy Sayers
A charming, oft-quoted, and remarkably powerful essay on the relationship of faith and work. [Essay]. Excerpted from Sayers' book, Letters to a Diminished Church [Amazon]

Start With Why, by Simon Sinek
Simon's 18 minute TED Talk on How Great Leaders Inspire Action is the third most watched TED talk ever and summarizes the importance of starting with why. His book elaborates. [Amazon

The Other Six - Pt. 3: The Power for Work

Sermon Questions:

1. What is my "why"? Why do I do the work I do?
2. Where do I get sucked into the cycle of grief? When am I working for acceptance?
3. How can the gospel lens give me a new or renewed vision for my work?
4. What are the implications of a gospel lens for the specific work I am called to do?

Discussion Questions: 

1. What does God provide to the world directly and what does he typically provide through people working?
2. What is worth doing, despite all the problems?