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“Integrate Your Faith” (Nov 28, 2020)

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Here is the Guide for this Sunday’s Online Worship Experience

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Worshiping God requires soul preparation. Therefore, prepare yourself well. Sleep early and wake up early. Avoid staying up late on a Saturday night. Dedicate your whole being to the Lord. In the morning, take a bath and dress up, as if you are going to meet someone special. Prepare the room where you will be watching. If possible, cast it on the largest TV screen. Make sure there are no distractions. Come into the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving in your heart. Don’t slouch in bed or on your sofa. Be ready to worship Him fully with your whole being. If appropriate, stand up and raise your hands! You can also dance if you like.
 

SOUL PREPARATION (30 MINUTES)

Lord, thank you for the gift of work. You provide our needs by giving us the ability to generate income. We will always be grateful for that. However, we are well aware of the common tendency of becoming lukewarm or even forgetting our faith because of our busyness at work. We lose sight of our priorities. Consequently, we fail to be resilient in our faith because of our work. Teach us, O Lord, how to integrate our faith in the workplace or wherever we are, so that we can remain strong and resilient as followers of Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 

Lectio Divina

Read the passage below slowly and meditatively at least three times. Ask God to direct your eyes to a word, phrase, or sentence that He wants to use to speak to you. Then, share with one another the word, phrase, or sentence that the Lord has led you to focus on. Optional: You can also share why that word, phrase, or sentence impacted you.
 

Read this text – 1 Peter 2:4-12

Fellowship in the presence of the Lord (eating together)

Prepare some food and drink and eat together in the presence of the Lord. Catch up with each other. Do some “soul talk.” Encourage one another in the Lord. Don’t forget to pray for each other at the end of your fellowship and conversation. Remember these Scriptures:
 
“So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together.” (1 Cor 11:33)
 
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God, and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46b-47)
 

Silence and Solitude

Spend a few minutes in silence and solitude as you prepare your soul to encounter God through His word today. Remember, there will be a five-minute countdown before the service begins. This a good time to be quiet.
 

MAIN ONLINE SERVICE (60 minutes)

Join us now in worship and in listening to God’s word through our Premiere video broadcast.
 

SERMON NOTES

Introduction
  1. Many Christians today become lukewarm or even lose their faith when they enter the workplace.
  2. The common reason is that we fail to integrate our faith in every area of our lives, especially our work. Consequently, we live disintegrated lives.
  3. Resilient disciples of Christ integrate their faith in every area of their lives, especially their work. Every type of work is legitimate in the eyes of God. The question is how do we integrate our faith in whatever it is that we are doing?
  4. 1 Peter 2:4-12 teaches us three disciplines that can help us integrate our faith, especially in the workplace.
THREE DISCIPLINES
 
  • Prioritize your relationship with Jesus.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:  “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

Whatever work we are doing, we must prioritize our relationship with Jesus. Failure to do so makes our work an idol. Instead of being only a means for God to provide our needs, it becomes an object of our worship. We pour out all our time and energy on our work and we neglect our souls.
 
How are you incorporating the care of our soul while you work? Do you still prioritize your relationship with Jesus while you are working? Do you need to repent of idolatry if in case you are setting aside your relationship with Jesus for the sake of your work?
 
  • Pursue God’s calling together with others.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

We are God’s people. Regardless of our calling or vocation, we must not lose sight of our identity as the people of God. Failure to do so makes our work not a blessing but a hindrance to our calling. If we don’t have time to maintain life-giving relationships with God’s people, then we are becoming too busy. Again, this is idolatry.

Are you still connecting with God’s people while you are working? Are you disengaging with them instead? Why? What changes do you need to make in your lifestyle to include relationships with God’s people on a regular basis?

  • Produce good fruit that glorifies God.

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

God wants us to become salt and light wherever we are because that is who we are as God’s people. We need to bear fruit for God’s glory. First, we need bear fruit in our character or holiness. Second, we need to bear fruit in the things we do. We can lead people to the Lord right where we are. We don’t have to be full-time pastors to make disciples!

How is your fruit bearing? Are you so busy at work that you don’t have the time bear good fruit? How many people have you influenced to start trusting in the Lord? How are using your work to glorify God?

Turning Point: Faith and life must be integrated as one.”

 

GROUP DISCUSSION (30 minutes)

  1. Why do most people have the tendency to become lukewarm or even lose their faith when they enter the workplace?
  2. How can this be prevented? What are your practical realizations to make your faith more resilient at work?
  3. If there’s one thing that you can change in your life right now, what would you do to become more integrated as a follower of Christ?

PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER

Please take the time to pray for one another. This is important. Thanks!
 

YOUR REFLECTIONS

If you want to really grow in your faith, take some time to personally reflect on what you have learned today. Click this link to submit your personal reflection. We can also send you a copy of this if you wish. Just let us know your email. Thanks!
 

WHAT NOW?

After hearing this sermon, look for friends online who might be interested to discuss it with you. Start a Facebook “Watch Party” using Messenger Rooms. Make use of the Discussion Questions also. Invite them to follow Jesus and show them how to do so. Help them also to help others to follow Jesus also. Teach them how to use our various online tools like the Real Life Journey Bible Study Lessons. More importantly, JOIN A SMALL GROUP TODAY!

 

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