Summary: Which of these attitudes and actions do you find hardest to exhibit? What challenges do you face in consistently exhibiting them?
1 Timothy: Doing Church God’s Way
North Coast Church
Message #9 September 16-17, 2006
Dr. Larry Osborne
Lunch Bucket Christians
Serving God in the Workplace
Note: PowerPoints and Small Group Worksheets
for this sermon are available at www.northcoastchurch.com.
~ Read The Passage: “so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered.”
Roman Slaves - Radical Christianity
~ 1/3 to1/2 the population
~ Via Debt, Sold by parents, War, Choice, Birth
~ Radical Christianity:
Gal 3:26-29 ~ Equal in Christ
Illustration: Jim Spangler Nursery!
~ Today’s Wage Slaves
FOR THE PERFECT JOB
It probably doesn’t exist.
It’s Adam’s fault!
IF YOUR BOSS IS A JERK 1 Timothy 6:1
Respect & Obey Anyway Because. . .
It makes God look good.
Titus 2:9-10 & 2 Corinthians 5:20
Titus 2:9-10 ~ Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
2 Cor 5:20 ~ Ambassadors
~ It’s not all about us!
~ God’s reputation is more important than my rights!
~ People decide what they think of God based on what they think of us!
It will save your neck!
Prov 16:14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.
Prov 20:2-3 ~ A king’s wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life. It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
~ Only a fool riles a Rhino
~ Big, Dumb & Ugly But can do serious damage!
Illustration: Marie Hoffman I showed him!
It’s the best way to get ahead.
Prov 27:18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored.
~ Daniel & Joseph ~ Brought success to Godless bosses!
It’s what God says to do.
1 Pet 2:18-21 ~ with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
Prov 3:5-6 Lean not on our own understanding
Prov 16:25 Seems right but leads to death
cf Retail: Treat the jerk with respect Not because they deserve it. Because it’s part of your job!
IF YOUR BOSS IS A BELIEVER 1 Timothy 6:2
Never take advantage of the relationship.
~ Why we don’t have a job directory
~ Customers expect a price break
~ Workers expect grace for a bad job
WHEN WORK ISN’T WORKING OUT
Two Key Questions
Am I being asked to do anything unethical?
If Yes: Obey God, not man – accept the consequences.
If No: Obey the boss.
Can I quit?
1 Cor 7:17 & 21-24 Bloom where planted but if you can gain your freedom – do so.
Ps 15:4 ~ Keep Our promises!
Phil 4:11-13 Content in prison!
If Yes: Move on.