"Do not think of burden bearing as an occasional helpful act. Galatians 6:2 Bear one another's...Christ": the tense is the imperitive present, which means 'keep carrying'; Paul is not counseling believers to perform an occasional helpful act, but to live their lives as helpful people, always ready to lift burdens from other people's shoulders." Leon Morris
More needs to be said and done regarding burden bearing.
Scripture: John 7:37–52
Sermon: "Living Water for the Thirsty Soul"
Guest Speaker: Pastor Sam Shin
Date: November 12, 2023
Maranatha Bible Church (San Ramon, CA)
Please visit our website at www.mbcbayarea.com
We live in the physical world and spend most of our time working for it. We labor at jobs to make money, gain status, build a resume and accumulate possessions. We often forget to grow in our spiritual work. Spiritual work are things that are not physical, but are what God requires of us: Prayer, Scripture, Faith, Teaching, Preaching, Mercy, Love, Council, Correction, Encouragement are just a few. This is where we prove our faith and earn an inheritance and reward. Let us focus on our spiritual gifts, talents, and work so we can be rich toward Him.
The key to a well-balanced life is the Christian doctrine of vocation. Believers have been called by God out of the world and into his service—vocation is simply the Latin word for calling. To "those who are called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28) God provides a place and time and the required gifts to fulfill his purposes in the world. Or as Paul puts it: "We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10). The unique opportunities to do God's will form our vocations, our callings.
In this series we want to try to understand and apply vocation in three movements. First, we will ponder the doctrine of vocation. What is vocation, what does Scripture teach about work, and what is the relationship of the special calling of grace and our ordinary callings in the world? Second, we will study how to prepare for vocational living. We want to think through what people of God at most any stage of life can do to become better qualified to glorify and enjoy God in the station that he may lead them into. Third, we will explore what it looks like to practice vocation. What biblical practices can help us succeed at work and how does our work life relate to the rest of who we are.
The discovery that revolutionized George Mueller's life happened when, as he said, "I saw...that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord."
"Those were the days," is a saying we'll commonly throw around while reminiscing our glory days. If we aren't careful, we run the risk of overshadowing the glories in our future with the ones in our past. Is this how we are to live? And, if its not, what is an alternative? How are we, as Christians, to live as though our best glory days are still ahead--because they are. The Teacher in Ecclesiastes has some sage counsel for all of us!
Worship – what is it? If we think of worship as little more than worship services and worship music, we're barely scratching the surface. Worship is looking to someone or something as our source of identity/self, safety, satisfaction, or salvation. Worship glorifies someone or something by giving it authority in your life. When directed at God, worship is giving back to him everything he is worthy of – which is inclusive of our whole lives.