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Church-from-Scratch: Wrap-Up

Saturday, 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:

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.

Comments (5)

Laxshmi Jaskaran (1/22/2013 3:38:53 PM)
Hello Sir, Your teachings were inspiring and practical. It was a joy commenting on this topic.The wrap up is a good conclusion and I appreciate what you have written. "Theology of work must not replace the Gospel.' But the gospel must transform every area of our daily lives." God bless you.
Joy Lee-Story (1/24/2013 5:30:44 AM)
Hi Larry, Thank you so much for sharing this series, and for all of your teachings. The messages are thoughtful, beautiful and touch the heart and mind. I am personally enriched by the wisdom. And I use your ideas to create faith-based questions for students in university ground and/or on line course discussions. Sending appreciation from me, and a hope that the Lord will continue to bless your work. Joy
Alex Brubaker (5/16/2013 12:18:50 PM)
This is a very helpful series, Larry. I recently came across a document by the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity in which a number of work-friendly church practices are outlined. You've hit on a bunch of these, but a one-page nuts-and-bolts list might benefit some:

http://www.licc.org.uk/uploaded_media/1359714585-WorkerຈFriendlyຈChurches.pdf
Alex Brubaker (5/17/2013 9:50:36 AM)
Looks like the direct link to the document was corrupted by symbols. The work-friendly church practices document is available here:

http://www.licc.org.uk/resources/2013/02/01/ideas-for-worker-friendly-churches/
Larry Peabody (5/18/2013 6:11:40 AM)
Thank you, Alex, for the helpful suggestion--and for the corrected URL.

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