Sermons on Work

Sermons on Work

1 Peter 2:13-25

The Godly Reaction to Unfairness: Submission   Introduction: Today and next Sunday we are going to be dealing with topics in 1 Peter 2 & 3 that I think are increasingly difficult for Americans to look at objectively.  All of them have to do with authority– the authority of government over its citizens,  the authority of management over labor,  and the authority of husbands over their wives.   Fortunately, that third one won’t come up for another week and the Lord may return by then.  Seriously, these are tough issues, and there are…

Colossians 3:22-4:1; Ephesians 6:5-9; I Peter 2:13-23

“Work” Is Not a Four-Letter Word SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:22-4:1; Ephesians 6:5-9; I Peter 2:13-23 SPEAKER:  Michael P. Andrus Introduction:   I have often heard it said that there are two God-ordained institutions in the pages of Scripture—the church and the home.  Then last week I read an article that stated, “God has established three basic institutions:  the home, the church, and government.”  I believe both views are wrong.  As I read the Bible, there are actually four God-ordained institutions.  And what is the fourth?  Not Bible Study Fellowship or the Republican Party or…

Matthew 14:13-21, 15:29-39

The Feeding of the Nine Thousand (or Food Stamps and Faith)  Introduction:  We come this morning to two of the best known and best loved stories in the Bible–the feeding of the 5,000 and the feeding of the 4,000, found in two successive chapters of Matthew.  Thus, the title of my sermon, but I could just as well have called it “The Feeding of the Twenty-seven Thousand,” because in both stories Matthew goes out of his way to tell us that he…

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

Money–Godly and Ungodly Ways of Getting It We are launching a new sermon series this morning, entitled “Finding Financial Freedom.”  Please note that I didn’t say, “Finding Financial Security.”  Biblically the phrase “financial security” is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.  By the way, I collect oxymorons, and I have literally hundreds of them in my file.  Maybe you’d like to hear a few, or maybe not, but here are some of my favorites anyway:             Amtrak schedule                                                                                                          California expressway             Civil War             Country music (please no…

Genesis 1-3

Secular Work Is Full-time Service Introduction:  For a long time I have bristled at the notion that ministry is business.  There seems to be a strong movement in the church to borrow business practices from Madison Avenue–from public relations to marketing to management styles.  You would be amazed today at the books most widely read by pastors of mega-churches.  Many of them are written by secular business tycoons and leadership gurus.  Please don’t misunderstand me.  I believe there is something that can be learned from experts…

Colossians 3:22 4:1; Ephesians 6:5-9

Work Is Not a Four-Letter Word Introduction: Last Lord’s Day we began a new series on The Ministry of the Market Place.  We noted that work is a divinely established institution–one of four God set up to make our lives meaningful, purposeful, and happy–the others being marriage/family, government, and the church. We also learned that work should not be viewed as the “secular” part of our lives which must be endured so that the “sacred” might be enjoyed.  Work actually preceded the Fall of…

Genesis 39-41

Joseph: There’s No Substitute for Integrity at Work In our new series on The Ministry of the Market Place we have spent the past two Sundays laying the foundation for a biblical theology of Work.  Today we are going to turn from the general to the specific.  We are going to begin to examine some biblical biographies of individuals who understood the theology of work, and we hope to learn what it was in their lives that enabled them to live out that theology.  None…

Exodus 18

How to Turn the Rat Race Into a Relay Introduction:  Work is sacred.  It is God’s gift so that we might enjoy meaning, purpose, and significance in our daily lives.  But enjoyment in work isn’t automatic.  Like every other aspect of our lives, work has been affected by sin–corrupted, distorted, and twisted.  Some people work too much, others work too little or not at all.  Some love it; some hate it; some are indifferent to it.  We desperately need to recover a biblical theology of work, and…

Daniel 1, 2, 3, 6

Daniel and the Three Hebrew Young Men: Courage and Character Come Before Career In our series on The Ministry of the Market Place, we come today to perhaps the most familiar of all the biblical characters we will examine–Belteshazzar, better known by his Hebrew name, Daniel, along with his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah–better known, strangely, by their Babylonian names –Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  If you know any Bible stories at all, you probably know about these men, but familiarity must…

Acts 10, Matt 8

The Centurions: Does God Approve of Military Careers? Introduction: Today we come to the last message in our three-month series on The Ministry of the Market Place.  I want to thank George Fooshee and Phil Thengvall for their excellent messages while I was in Israel.  Next Sunday, Lord willing, we will begin a new series on the life of Christ.  We will start, as is appropriate for Advent, with the nativity of Jesus, and then we will continue after the Christmas season by studying…

Ecclesiastes 1:12-26

The Search for Satisfaction Note:  This sermon was preached at First Free Wichita in Sunday at Six. “Stop the World!  I Want to Get Off,” is the message of a Broadway musical of a number of years back.  Did you ever feel that way?  Don’t be afraid to admit it.  The wisest man who ever lived felt that way.  He looked at the jigsaw puzzle known as human life and desperately tried to fit all the pieces together.  He tried to find the key to life but he…

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16

Wise Work in a Wicked World The question for today is, “How do we keep our sanity while working in a wicked world?” A great deal of work is oppressive.  (4:1-3) The opening verses of chapter 4 speak of the oppression of the poor by the powerful. Economic injustice was so severe and so pervasive in the Preacher’s day that he declared it is better to be dead than living and better still to have never been born, because the only alternative…