Make Disciples. Week 5: Day Job

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On Wednesday we will get together for Week 5 of 12 in our “Make Disciples.” series. Below you will find links to an overview of the full 12 weeks and for the fifth area on the map, Engaging God’s World: Day Job.

Overview

Make Disciples. Week 05

During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map.  After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward. 

Central Reflections: Who Does God Use?

Lxx_minor_prophetsAmos had no intentions of being a prophet.  He was minding his flocks and tending his figs when the Lord called him to confront he high priest at Bethel with a message for the nation and the king.

Amos 7.pdf                 Amos 7.mp3

Palmer St. Podcast: The *Work* of God’s Spirit

The ordinary becomes something extraordinary when God is involved.  The work of the Holy Spirit does not have to look supernatural.  He works through our work, using earthly materials and very human capabilities.

Exodus 31, 35-39.mp3

Exodus 31, 35-39.pdf

Exodus 31, 35-39.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: When God Calls

Moses had been raising sheep in the wilderness for 40 years when God appeared to him in a burning bush at Mt. Horeb.  It was time to go back to Egypt and bring Israel out.

Exodus 3-4.mp3

Exodus 3-4.pdf

Exodus 3-4.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: A Faith That Works

The ideas of vocation and calling have been vanquished from our thinking in recent years.  We’re now far more comfortable with a job, occupation or career.  Personally I attribute this shift to the fact that a calling requires a Caller (note the cap C) – and we no longer want anything to do with such a being.  Nonetheless, if we accept the Caller’s existence, a calling gives meaning to our work, making it more of a vocation than anything else.

2 Thess 3.06-18.mp3

2 Thess 3.06-18.pdf

2 Thess 3.06-18.pptx

God’s Plan for You

Finding God’s perfect will for our lives is not an exact science.  Many people seem to constantly spin their wheels seeking “His Will”, all the while pursuing what amounts to a search for the Holy Grail or the Lost Ark of the Covenant.  In the meantime they are accomplishing very little, as anyone observing them can often see much more clearly than they can.  I know, because I’ve searched for this pot of gold myself, but never quite made it to the end of the rainbow. 

The message the Lord has for Jeremiah seems instructive:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” 
                                                     – Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)

God had made His plans for Jeremiah well in advance.  One day, however, He decided to reveal to him that special calling, that role this young priest was to play in the unfolding intentions of the Almighty.  There is no indication that Jeremiah was really seeking this.  In fact, He argues the point a little, implying that God’s ideas were all wrong. 

Here’s where we find a great lesson – visible in Scripture and frequently reinforced by our own experience:

We don’t discover the “Will of God” by directly pursuing it. 
He reveals it to us through daily submission to Him. 

Some days that will seems pretty ordinary: You get up, get to work, and dutifully fulfill your duties.  This is God’s will and you can rest in peaceful contentment with it.  At other times it’s more dramatic: The whole course of your life can be altered through a career change, relocation, a death, a birth or a marriage.  But each of those big things normally happen step-by-step, or through something you never, ever had the opportunity to control. 

A balanced, daily combination of the Bible, prayer, examining your own desires or circumstances, and a bit of godly counsel will usually do the job.  If your heart’s desire is truly to become and remain submitted to God’s desires, God’s will cannot remain elusive for very long.