Getting Back on Track

Scripture: I John 3:1-7

Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Whitaker

What happens when our Christian life get off track? What happens when we violate what we know is right? Many people withdraw from God and let sin take its course. Let us remember who we are! Let us remember our true goals in life! Let us remember Jesus forgives sin! Let us abide in Christ! Let us turn from the wrong and turn to the right. Let us refuse to be deceived!

Work and Truth

Scripture: John 3:14-21

Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Whitaker

How we see God influences how we work. If we believe God is primarily concerned with judgment and condemnation, our work will be filled with fear and resentment. If we believe God is a God of love and desires no one to perish, our work will be filled with truth. Truth brings life. Truth brings transparency. Truth brings freedom. Truth brings faith. The opposite of faith is not doubt or unbelief but disobedience. Our response to the work of Crist is faith and obedience.

Work and Worship

Scripture: John 2:13-22

Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Whitaker

Many people feel economic prosperity has tradeoffs. People are expected to choose between career and family, jobs and the environment, security and sanity. Jesus turns over the tables when it comes o tradeoffs. Jesus challenges the status quo. Work and worship belong together. The will of God must not be compromised for the practical.

Work and Suffering

Scripture: Mark 8:31-38

Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Whitaker

Work that focuses primarily on success and profit will soon erode the human spirit. Jesus speaks about his purpose and suffering. The work of the Christian involves suffering. We must not avoid legitimate suffering. Christians are called to follow Jesus. Christians must embrace self-denial and reject values contrary to the will of God. Work that glorifies God is not done to please the powerful. We must not be embarrassed by the Jesus who absorbs suffering rather than conquering enemies. We work for eternal values not temporary ones.