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Posted in Calling, Lifelong Learning, Men's Issues, Men's Ministries, Vocation, Work, Work and Vocation, tagged Biblical Training.org, Calling, Gerry Breshears, Ken Boa, Men, Men's Issues, Men's Ministries, Ministry, Purpose, Vocation, Work on May 7, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Part of my ministry focus is working with folks, particularly men, who are seeking to faithfully understand and follow God’s call in their lives. This search naturally and rightly leads to a discussion (and often, even a study) on discovering one’s overarching purpose as well as their unique vocation.
Here are two really helpful online video classes on the topic of vocation… our calling from God and how it relates to our “work.”
1.) A Biblical View of Work by Ken Boa (a couple of the videos aren’t presently working, but hopefully those glitches will be corrected by the time you get to those particular videos.)
- Lesson 1
- Lesson 2
- Lesson 3
- Lesson 4
- Lesson 5
- Lesson 6
- Lesson 7
- Lesson 8
- Lesson 9
- Lesson 10
- Lesson 11
- Lesson 12
- Lesson 13
- Lesson 14
Here’s a description of the course…
We are created in God’s image and God invites us to be co-workers with him. By developing and using the spiritual gifts God has given us, the tasks we perform when we work have eternal significance in themselves. We also have opportunities to interact with our co-workers, promote justice and enjoy times of rest.
Both teachers and courses are superb. I’ve been blessed by what I have learned for my own edification as well as what I might pass on to others with whom and to whom I minister.
Posted in Calling, Dale Tedder, Discipleship, Manhood, Men, Men's Issues, Men's Ministries, Purpose, Pursuing Godly Manhood, Vocation, Work, Work and Vocation, tagged Calling, Dale Tedder, Godliness, Godly Manhood, Manhood, Men, Men's Ministries, Ministry, Purpose, Vocation, Witness, Work, Workplace on March 30, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
I wrote the following post a few years ago but have lately been revisiting the themes of work, vocation, and calling as they relate to ministering to men. Since I’ve established my “ministry purpose” (at least, one of them) as helping men become all that God has created, redeemed, and called them to be, it’s been much on my mind.
I’m hoping to write more on this in the coming days, but for now I thought I would share this again because it has some great links to websites and ministries that are doing important work in this area of ministering to men.
Grace and Truth,
One of the men in our men’s ministry began his talk a couple of yeas ago by introducing himself as an ordained lawyer. That was the point that he and I were trying to drive home to all of our men that morning… to think of themselves as ordained ________ (fill in the blank with whatever it is that they do.). In other words, your work IS your ministry.
To think of your job as your ministry is foreign to many of us. Many of us grew up thinking that only the pastor did ministry. Thankfully, there has been a surge of books and studies that have tried to steer folk away from that sort of thinking.
What we want to get people thinking about is “vocation” or calling. This is a horrible paraphrase, but Martin Luther once said something like, “A cobbler who makes shoes to the glory of God during the week is every bit the minister as a pastor who preaches a sermon on Sunday morning.” The Bible does not draw a distinction between the sacred and the secular. All work should be for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). Paul wrote in Colossians 3:23-24,
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
While God may give you the opportunity to communicate the gospel, hold a Bible study, or wear a John 3:16 button in your workplace, it’s more likely that your faith will be exercised by simply doing your job well. Beyond that, it may include representing Christ faithfully to hurting, lost, angry, bitter, fearful, restless, or despairing people. How can Christ use you to minister to those sorts of people in your workplace? What might that look like?
In order to help you with those questions, here are a few links to enable you to discover what your faith at work might look like in your spheres of influence…
Work and the Man in the Mirror (audio and video messages) by Pat Morley
A Biblical Worldview of Work by Ken Boa
The Theology of Work (print and mp3 audio available) by Robert Rayburn
Working out a Theology of Work by Justin Taylor (also see the related resources at the bottom of the article)
Theology of Work (website)
Business for the Glory of God (book) by Wayne Grudem
God at Work (book) by Gene Edward Veith
Blog posts on vocation by Gene Edward Veith
O Lord and heavenly Father, we commend to Thy care and protection the men and women of this land who are suffering distress and anxiety through lack of work. Strengthen and support them, we beseech Thee; and so prosper the counsels of those who govern and direct our industries, that Thy people may be set free from want and fear to work in peace and security, for the relief of their necessities and the well-being of this realm; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
from The Pastor’s Prayerbook, 1960, edited by Robert Rodenmayer
O God, we thank thee for the sweet refreshment of sleep and for the glory and vigor of the new day. As we set our faces once more toward our daily work, we pray thee for strength sufficient for our tasks. May Christ’s spirit of duty and service ennoble all we do. Uphold us by the consciousness that our work is useful work and a blessing to all.
If there has been anything in our work harmful to others and dishonorable to ourselves, reveal it to our inner eye with such clearness that we shall hate it and put it away, though it be at a loss to ourselves. When we work with others, help us to regard them, not as servants to our will, but as brothers equal to us in human dignity, and equally worthy of their full reward.
May there be nothing in this day’s work of which we shall be ashamed when the sun has set, nor in the eventide of our life when our task is done and we go to meet thy face. Amen.
Taken from The Book of Worship for Church and Home of The Methodist Church, 1965
Posted in Balance, Renewal, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, Work, tagged Balance, Juggling Work and Rest, Rest, Ruthann Ridley, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Life Checkup, Work on March 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Click here to read Part 1: Introduction
Click here to read Part 2: Devotional Life
Click here to read Part 3: Intellectual Life
Click here to read Part 4: Attitudes and Motivations
Click here to read Part 5: Trusting God and Living for Him
The recommended article to go along with these questions is Juggling Work and Rest by Ruthann Ridley.
1. Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?________ Why or why not?
2. Are you willing to work with a spiritual director to help you grow in your faith as a disciple of Jesus Christ?
3. Is your life balanced? ________ Explain:
4. Do you have regular time for family, recreation, personal growth, etc.?________ Explain:
5. Do you feel you have enough of a balance of worship, study, and service to stay in spiritual shape?________ Explain:
6. Is there anything you would like to talk about and work on that was not mentioned in this inventory?________ Explain:
from Al Mohler
“We’ve arrived at another crossroads,” declares Newsweek — and this one represents a crisis for masculinity. As the magazine’s current cover story asserts, “The prevailing codes of manhood have yet to adjust to the changing demands on men.” With this cover story dedicated to “rethinking” masculinity, Newsweek launches itself into a very relevant cultural conversation.
“Man Up!” is the message the magazine conveys on its cover, though by the time a reader actually reads the article, he or she may be forgiven for having little idea of what this means. If, indeed, the traditional male is “an endangered species,” where does this leave men?
Click here to read the whole article.