GOING BEYOND THE BASICS SERIES (ATTRACTION) | SERVING WHERE WE WORK, LEARN & LIVE
06-Sep-20 | Handling the Stresses of Work or School | Numbers 20:1-13 | Ptr. Narry Santos
HANDLING THE STRESS OF WORK OR SCHOOL
Today, we start a new series called “Serving Where We Work, Learn, & Live.” When we think of serving God, we usually think of serving Him in church. Serving God this way is part of it, but we can also serve God where we work, learn, and live. Nowadays, it may all be in one place. How can we handle the stresses in this place or spaces and still be able to serve God there? Using the episode in Moses’ ministry in light of Israel’s negative attitudes in the desert, we will learn tough lessons in tough situations.
- DON’T GRUMBLE BUT GET GOD’S GUIDANCE (20:1-8)
At Kadesh, the first-generation Israelites were whining (13:26) and after 38 years the second-generation Israelites came back to it also whining (20:1). The people had gone full circle in their grumbling and quarreling (Exod. 15:22-27; Num. 11:1; 12:1; 14:2; 16:3). Every time they grumbled God dealt with them head-on. But they still did not learn their lesson well. Let’s not grumble from our heart, when we are at work, school, or home.
- DON’T HARBOR ANGER, BUT HOLD ON TO GOD (20:9-13)
At Kadesh, Moses was very stressed, because of the death of his sister, Miriam (20:1b). For 38 years, he led the people faithfully and when they grumbled, he humbled himself, came to the Lord and prayed for them (Exod. 15:25a; 17:4; Num. 11:2; 12:13; 14:5; 16:4:20:6). After this episode, Moses received the added stress of Edom’s harshness (20:14-21) and Aaron’s death (20:22-29). At least twice, Moses was showing some cracks in his stress management (Num. 11:10b-15; 16:15). As a result, Moses disobeyed God (20:9-11). Moses became resentful (20:10), rebellious (20:24; 27: 14), & rash (Psa. 106:32-33). But in God’s eyes, the main issue in Moses’s sin is that he “did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites” (20:12a). Let’s not harbor anger from our heart, when we work or study from home.
13-Sep-20 | How to Keep Greed Away in a Selfie World | 1 TIm 6:17 | Ptr. Jon Bernardo
YOU’RE RICHER THAN YOU THINK
Most of us wouldn’t think of ourselves as rich. Other people are. Most of us wouldn’t think of ourselves as greedy either. Other people are. But if our money could talk, what would it say about us? Better yet, what does God think of money and about how we should handle it before it handles us?
I. Treat your provisions (wealth) as a “means” to an end (v. 17)
II. Treasure all people with a view to eternity (vv. 18-19)
III. Inspiration / Application / Celebration
20-Sep-20 | Staying Truthful & Trustworthy Where We Live | Josh 2:1-11 | Ptr. Narry Santos
STAYING TRUTHFUL & TRUSTWORTHY WHERE WE WORK, LEARN & LIVE
As we continue our Fall series called “Serving Where We Work, Learn, & Live,” we need to learn how to stay truthful and trustworthy in the workplace, school, and home front—especially if we are exposed to practices that bend, change, or manipulate truth at will. How so we develop becoming people who tell the truth and not live a lie? In Joshua 2:1-24, we will see how truth plays an important part in trust and trustworthiness.
I. TRUTH LEADS US TO TRUST GOD (2:1-11)
Rahab, the prostitute (2:1), was commended for her faith (Heb. 11:31; Jam. 2:25; cf. Matt. 1:5). Despite her questionable background she knew what God did in the past for His people (Josh. 2:10); she was convinced of what God will do in the future for them (2:9); she responded with trust to God in the present (2:11, 24). Though we may question her lying to protect the 2 Israelite spies (2:1-7), we cannot question her faith, which shone despite the risk to life and charge of treason. Let’s grow in both truth and trust in God!
II. TRUTH LEADS US TO BE TRUSTWORTHY (2:12-24)
Rahab demanded trustworthiness from the spies; she wanted “kindness” (or reciprocal relationship of caring; 2:12). In response, the spies pledged trustworthiness (2:14a), as they also demanded the same trustworthiness (2:14b, 17-20), which Rahab also agreed to give (2:21). Note how trustworthiness breeds more trust not just in God but also in one another. Let’s grow in both truth and trustworthiness with each other!
27-Sep-20 | How to Pursue Integrity Always | Josh 7:19-21 | Ptr. Jon Bernardo
IN A HEAP OF TROUBLE
While it takes only one spark to light a fire…it takes only an ember to burn a forest. It takes only one fall into temptation to get in a heap of trouble…so turn around or burn to the ground. Learning valuable life lessons from the life of one man whose choices caused trouble and chaos for himself, his family, and an entire nation.
- Abhor every form of disobedience
- Avoid every temptation and acknowledge any indiscretion
- Ascribe to Jesus Christ mastery over your life
- Inspiration / Application / Celebration
04-Oct-20 | Relating Well with All Age Groups | 1 Thes 4:9-12 | Ptr. Narry Santos
LEARNING TO LOVE MORE AT WORK, SCHOOL & HOME
This Sunday, we conclude our series called “Serving Where We Work, Learn, & Live.” The workplace, school, and home are the common places where we can exercise more love. Love, as our sacrificial act of service, is a virtue we need to have more and more. As we experience & express it, the more we must help others experience & express it more. This is a practical way to fulfill the command: “love your neighbor as yourself.” How do we then learn to love more?
- WALK WITH LOVE MORE (4:9-10)
Paul commended the Thessalonians for their “love” (or brother love, which is originally meant for one’s natural family but is extended to God’s spiritual family), because God personally moved them to do it (1:4) without Paul’s instruction (4:9; see also 1:3; 3:6, 12; 5:8, 13) and because they did it so well (4:10a; see 1 Cor. 8:1-5). Yet, Paul urged them to “do so more and more” (like what he said in 4:1), Like the challenge to the Thessalonians, let’s not get tired of loving others more.
- WORK OUT OF LOVE MORE (4:11-12)
Paul presented a three-part ambition (or aspiration with diligent effort): (1) “to lead a quiet life” (or be restful)—not being silent but being settled and undisturbed); (2) “to mind your own business” (or not meddle)—not just avoiding messing with people’s affairs (Prob. 25:17) but also keeping one’s own affairs in order; and (3) “work with your hands” (or don’t be idle)—not just avoiding being a busybody (2 Thes. 3:11) but also not being ashamed of manual labour. These three goals show loving expressions to others, resulting in attractive witness to unbelievers and dependability in responsibility (1 Thes. 4:12). Like the challenge to the Thessalonians, let’s be restful; don’t meddle; work.