What does your job have to do with God’s kingdom? How can you bring glory to God through your job? Is there a bigger call to the 8 – 5?
by Christopher Bompas
There are Sundays when you come to Church and you find yourself bursting with God’s love. Then Monday comes… suddenly without releasing it, you turn into a different person (i.e. Mr Hyde). Do we have to step out of the rat race to serve God? No.
Here’s why – we were created to work. The work that we do for the Church is of equal importance to what we do in the world. So how should we approach work as followers of Christ?
Work to cultivate. We have inherited Adam’s mission to subdue the earth (Genesis 1:28). In the urban setting, this doesn’t mean literally sticking our hands in the soil. God wants us to complete the work that He started and do things that glorify Him.
Work with love. While doing what you love isn’t always possible, we can still express Jesus’s command that we love one another in every task, no matter how big or small (John 13:34).
Work to serve. The modern world teaches us to arrange our priorities like this: (1) ourselves, (2) others and (3) God. In contrast, Christ sets the perfect example to follow in washing his disciple’s feet (John 13:1-17). See this video:
Work according to purpose. There are no cushy jobs in the Kingdom of God. Each job is equally important and we need to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal how He can best make use of our talents (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
There is incredible joy and satisfaction in work. Please speak to our deacons and elders, if you need support and encouragement in finding the special purpose that He has for you. Trust us, it’s more beautiful than you can ever imagine!
by Mary Geddes
At our last Exchange, Casper Versluis condensed the big subject of “Building on the Rock (the Holy Spirit and a People of God) into a 45-minute talk, which gave the attentive listeners a lot to chew on before breakfast. Here are a few of the points that he made:
He reminded us that Christians need to live in a radically different way from this world’s norms.
In order to live differently, it is essential for us to experience the Spirit in all aspects of our lives.
In the Old Testament, the people kept losing, then regaining the presence and closeness of God. Jesus’ coming changed that forever – the Holy Spirit could now dwell in each believer’s heart – the counsellor that Jesus promised he would send in his place.
We believers live in an interesting place – between the two resurrections. We choose to live a radical, alternative life, but we need constant spiritual renewal throughout our lives.
A bond has developed among the regular early birds who attend The Exchange. The camaraderie makes a person keen to arrive in time, i.e. about 6 am, to get a hot cup of coffee (or tea, hot chocolate, whatever you prefer…) and have time to reconnect with other regulars and welcome first-timers.
People from various walks of life gather as equals to glorify God, to support and counsel each other and to enjoy friendship… and let’s not forget the lure of a hearty breakfast!
A willing team of staff, Life Team and volunteers start work before the crack of dawn and the tantalising scents of bacon, eggs and toast give us all a good appetite to help us start our work day well.
Here are some pictures from our time together.
The Desires of the Flesh
This Friday, 4 March
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides for ever.”
6:30am: Prompt Start
Followed by a breakfast