WORK, LEISURE AND WORSHIP

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					WORK, LEISURE AND
    WORSHIP
        WE WORSHIP OUR
             WORK,
        WE WORK AT OUR
         LEISURE, AND
        WE PLAY AT OUR
           WORSHIP
        SIMILARITIES BETWEEN
        WORSHIP AND LEISURE

• Free Will
• Integration
• Personal Well Being
     PURPOSE OF WORK
• BRING DOMINION OVER THE EARTH
• RESTRAINS INHERENT EVIL
• ESSENTIAL TO SATISFACTION,
  FULFILLMENT, PURPOSE, MEANING
  TO LIFE
• MEET THE NEEDS OF THE TRULY
  NEEDY
       HANSEL’S FOUR
COMMANDMENTS OF CONTENTMENT

• Thou Shalt live the here and now
• Thou Shalt not take thyself too seriously
• Thou Shalt not hurry
• Thou Shalt be grateful
• Don’t hurry your work but enjoy the
  process
• Work is work and leisure is leisure
• Love those for whom you work with a
  servants attitude
       How to Build an Ethic
       • John Wesley’s Quadrilateral

• 1. Scripture
•                     2. Life experience
•
•    3. Tradition
•                            4. Reason
THREE CLASSICAL MODELS
                                            • GREEK
                           •     Leisure is truly worthwhile and for the privileged
                                  •    work is disdained and only for slaves
                               •   Through leisure we realize our true humanity

             •       contemplation, thinking, dreaming, appreciation of beauty, relationships


                                   • PROTESTANT
                 •     Industry, individualism, frugality, ambition, success all have virtue
                       •    Leisure is time off from work and a reward for hard work
                     •    Leisure activities: family welfare, worship, catharsis, purpose
             •       reading, writing family budget, visiting friends, sewing, chopping wood

                                         • HEBRAIC
                                    •    Balance of work and leisure
•   Leisure is evident in dance, feasts, celebration of life, hospitality to travelers, time for relationships
                   •     Johnston says this model most typifies Biblical Christianity
     Biblical Norms for Work and
            Career Choices
•   1.   Calling
•   2.   Service
•   3.   Work
•   4.   Human responsibility
    Biblical norms for Career Choices

                            • 1. Calling
                      • (divinely appointed career)
       • Specially chosen vocation which reflects who you are
        • Call to be saved, a disciple and member of the body
                 • Decision is made in prayer with God
•   God will first put the desire in your heart to follow a particular career
                               • Problems:
                         • Only one right choice
                  • Anxiety of making a wrong choice
          • Defense that others cannot question the choice
                     • 2. Serving (Service)
            •   One who waits on tables and who washes feet
                      • 1. Meet needs of others
                • 2. Have to ability to fulfill those needs
                               Norms (cont)

                                   • 3. Work
     • Curse of God transformed the nature of work from satisfaction/joy to
                                      toil/sweat
     • The grace of God in Christ makes work both toil and joy, sweat and
                                     satisfaction
•   Work can be both good and bad depending upon whether or not it is performed
                   in faithful obedience to God’s will DT 30:10
                       • 4. Human Responsibility
    •     We are created capable to make choices and either suffer or enjoy the
                                     consequences
              • It is not an either-or but our responsibility to choose
        • God has given us the ability, opportunity and requirement to decide
                      • 1. Gaining accurate self knowledge
            • 2. Gaining accurate knowledge about specific vocations
         • 3. Gaining accurate knowledge about the needs of the Kingdom

				
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