Pursue Calling Not Status

New Philly Hongdae (video streamed to Sillim, Itaewon, Busan; Sydney unable due to slow internet speeds)
Preached by Christian Lee on December 14, 2014, Sunday.
Duration: 58 minutes (audio)
Wisdom with Work: Part 4 of 5


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Discussion Questions

 
The Effects of Greek Thinking

  1. The Greeks believed that the gods created human beings to do work. They also believed that not all work was created equal. Work that used the mind was esteemed and manual labor was seen as beastly. Aristotle famously said that some people were born to be slaves. What did he mean by this and how do you think Greek philosophy continues to impact our society today?
  2. If you had to be completely honest, how do you view people who work in low-paying service sector jobs (i.e., landscaping, construction, waitresses, bell boys, dry cleaners, and migrant workers)? How would you feel if they joined your CG or sat next to you in worship? Do you find yourself greeting such workers or do you feel you struggle with an aristocratic contempt toward such persons?
  3. Have you ever been assigned work that you feel is “beneath” you? How did it make you feel?
  4.  
    What if God came into our world?

  5. Read Genesis 1:26-27. How is the biblical account of creation different than the Greek version and what are the different implications it has on work?
  6. Read Mark 6:1-6. What kind of work was Jesus known for in his hometown? Why do you think people responded the way they did to his teaching and miracles?
  7. Read this quote together by Phillip Jensen:
    “If God came into the world, what would he be like? For the ancient Greeks, he might have been a philosopher-king. The ancient Romans might have looked for a just and noble statesman. But how does the God of the Hebrews come into the world? As a carpenter.” [1]

    How does the Genesis account of creation and the incarnation of our Lord Jesus confront Western presuppositions and prejudices toward how we attribute dignity to work? How does having a strong biblical foundation for work free us up to seek God’s call for our lives with greater clarity? How does it remove aristocratic contempt? How does it remove envy or insecurity?

  8. Read Col. 3:11. How does the gospel challenge the great social status divide that the world upholds?
  9.  
    Application

  10. If you are pursuing or currently working in a particular career path, what is it and have you been able to examine why you are pursuing it?

 
Homework

  • Memorize Colossians 3:11.

 

Footnotes
  1. Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavour, p. 49.

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