5. Being a Disciple in the Workplace Philippians 2: 12-18 p. 1085
Being a Disciple in the Workplace John Dickson Seminar – “Religious violence” Debate In Australia: changed 1 person’s mind “Think of someone you know who is a Christian – is the world a better place with them or without them?” (v 15-16) Be someone who makes the world a better place ! Things I have learned in recent years... W itness; O rientation; R esource; K ingdom
1. W itness Being a Witness: Tell other people about Jesus and what He has done for them. There is a better way to understand my God-given role in the workplace Two lessons: 1. Try to let work colleagues know that I am a Christian asap. 2. Don’t be weird in conversation
2. O rientation The primary purpose of our lives Why are we here? What are we trying to do? What are they... What should they be. (v 12, 13) How do I bring God into my working life? Tried to remember memory verses and devotional points through the day – generally unhelpful. Rather: pay attention to what God is doing... Focus: how should I be partnering with God in what He is already doing?
3. Resource “It is God who works in you” (v 13) God is always at work – “Experiencing God” Temptations: Grumbling; Arguing (v 14) “Being poured out like a drink offering” (v 17) “Work out your salvation” (v 12) “For... It is God who works in you” (v 13)
4. Kingdom Live as “children of God” (v 15) eager to “boast on the day of Christ” (v 16) Expanding our purpose: Be the Kingdom of God breaking into the world. Extend the Shalom of God into your workplace. Every kindness, every good deed matters. All the instructions in Philippians are plural. We do this in Community.
Being a Disciple in the workplace W itness – appropriate to the opportunities God creates. O rientation – Be about God’s good purposes. R esource – “It is God who works in you...” K ingdom – Extend the Shalom of God into the world