Sunday Service 13 December 2020

Bringing the Kingdom to the Marketplace II

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Bringing the Kingdom to the Marketplace II

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Kingdom & Workplace

Work

  • A Curse Or A Blessing??
  • A Curse Or Command?

The Gap Between your dreams and your destiny: WORK.

  • The first assignment given to man by God, was not worship but work.
  • God established work above acts of Worship…

Two most important chapters: Gen 1 and 2.

Gen 1: 26

Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Gen 2: 5

Before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground;

Eph 4: 11-12

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers 12. for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ.

Matthew 28: 19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit; 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo I am with you always even to the end of the age. Amen

We are to impact all the different Worlds. Greek word is ethnos/ all man’s world.

  • Work is important than rest.
  • God’s ratio is:
  • 6 /1: Work 6 Days And Rest 1

Gen 2: 5, No plant had yet…….Everything was present all it needed was rain but God didn’t allow it to rain cause there was no man to work.

  • In chapt 2, there was no demon , no choir, fasting, no prayer meetings, no pastors, no evangelists. And God said this is very Good.

Gen 2v8-9

God didn’t allow it to rain until man was created to work. God hates bush,(unorganized, unmanaged, uncultivated land). God Placed Man In The Garden Of Eden And Commanded Him To Work, Eden Is Greek Which Means A Spot, Moment Of His Present.

  • To Worship Is To Work.
  • We like to feel the presence and the power of God. When you read the bible , every manifestation of God’s power was because there was work to be done , there was a Giant to be killed. e.g David and Goliath.
  • The anointing is for work. Worship bring his presence so that you can go to work. When you go to work people should pick up God’s presence.

Matthew 5:16

  1. Jesus said let your light shine in the marketplace so that people can glorify your father who is in heaven.
  • God Put The Man In The Garden And Said Work.
  • Be Fruitful & Multiply

God Gave Man A Responsibility to Name The Animals In The Garden.

Statistics by done by the university of California and a school in London concerning work focusing on Christian attitude towards work.

  • 70% of our daily life is spent at work.
  • 50% of Christians have never had a sermon on work.
  • 70% has never been taught the theology of work.
  • 70% have never taught on a sermon on vocation/career
  • Under 25% have been asked about their witnessing at work by their pastors.
  • Only 26% of the Christians have been asked to establish a ministry in the work place.
  • 74% of Christians think work is nuisance. “

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Coca-Cola, IBM, Telkom, Standard Bank, African Bank. DOL, DOC, DTI, and YES Dept Of Health, e.t.c the workplace is God’s place.

  • Note the life of the most effective men in the old testament.
  • Who were not the most effect in winning nations Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel. These were prophets who wrote the books and spoke to the church Israel.
  • The most effective witnesses in winning nations are not the ones who spoke to the church.

When God wanted to reach the world, He chose people like JOE – Joseph was not a Pastor, Evangelist, but a deputy prime minister. He did not leave his job but worked effectively on the job demonstrating the kingdom in his work.

God used Joseph to change the religious laws of the whole nation. Pharoh was a pagen and use to worship the sun. But when he meet Joseph in his job made Pharaoh to change the constitution and commanded every Egyptian to worship the God of Joseph,

Dan, who changed pagans, Daniel. was an Assistant Secretary (Minister) in Government, he was no preacher, pastor nor evangelist. He was you and me. Dan changed pagans. Nebuchadnezzar was a demon worship, He Boiled Babies in Milk and Fry them in Blood. He had a corrupt religion. But he was impressed by Daniel.

Not because Daniel said Hallelujah on the job. He was not impressed of Daniel because he was reading the bible on the job, not because he was praying instead of typing. The king said, this man came to work on time, he did the best job than all his colleagues, he never took long lunch hours. He worked long hours. He came to work on time. And the Bible says he had an excellent spirit.

The king said, because your God delivered you from the Lion’s den, I will now promote you not from the assistant secretary to secretary but you are appointed assistant to the King and we will destroy all the idols in the nation and command everyone to worship the God of Daniel.

  • There is work that God wants done but he want to do it through you.
  • There are policies that God wants changed and he is counting on you.

Three Hebrew Boys:

There were ass secretaries changed the whole country on their job. Shadrack, Meshack & Abednego. There are no unholy jobs. These Guys were working in an ungodly environment (SAB), a taxi driver, a hotel (these places are neutral).

We must bring the Kingdom.

  • Nehemiah, was a bar Attender (Barman) in the club of the King. He did not leave his job. God used him in his job to rebuild the city of Jerusalem.
  • Nehemiah shared the project with the King and the king liked it.

Challenge:

The church is only equipping people to operate in church and support ministries than equipping them in line with their gifting.

The Ultimate Leader, Jesus.

  • When Jesus wanted to win people to work for him, he went where they worked.
  • He worked their business with them and did the job better than they did it, so that they could listen to him.
  • He caught more fish than they did.

WOMAN AT THE WELL

When Jesus wanted to win the Woman He went to where she worked. (AT THE WELL).

He dealt with sinners.

THE WAY FORWARD

  • Understand your place in the marketplace
  • Get a seat at the table
  • Keep priorities in order
  • Do your part and let God do his part
  • Operate in love
  • Seek peace
  • Occupy until

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