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Church-from-Scratch: Wrap-UpSaturday, January 19, 2013
An appropriate title for the previous ten blogs might be, "Weaving Theology of Work into Church Life.” The theology of work is what God has said about our daily work. Scripture has much to say about it and about its place in God’s kingdom purposes. In Every Good Endeavor, Timothy Keller and Kathryn Leary Alsdorf open Chapter One with, "The Bible begins talking about work as soon as it begins talking about anything—that’s how important and basic it is.”
Theology of work must not replace the gospel. But the gospel must transform every area of our daily lives. So right instruction on what Scripture reveals about work should take its proportional place in the menu of teaching about what Christians are to believe and to do. For most believers, paid or unpaid work claims a huge slice of life’s pie-chart. "Proportional,” then, translates into a significant amount of teaching on work in a given year.
The blogs in this series on "Weaving Theology of Work into Church Life” could be summarized under these headings:
- Settle the Purpose Question
- Gather for New Testament Reasons
- Equip Believers to Turn their Daily Work into Ministry
- Tap into the Wealth of Theology-of-Work Resources
- Include Workplace Experience in the Leadership Team
- Include Frequent "Front-Lines Reports” in Church Gatherings
- Offer Public Prayer for Workers and their Workplaces
- Sing a Few Songs to Work By
- Help Link Believers with Others in the Same Line of Work
- Equip Young People for Entering the World of Work
If the ideas presented in this series sound radical, it is only because they call for doing things differently than what most of us have experienced in our church lives. To most believers, "church” means what happens in the main weekly (very likely Sunday) meeting. If workplace concerns rarely or never surface in this meeting, they will find it hard to think of "church” as having anything to do with offices and shops and factories and fields.
Time spent together as the gathered church is limited. And it is precious. So we need to use it wisely in equipping believers for our life-roles as the scattered church—including that major activity, our daily work.