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Today at Real Hope in Christ we share the message from Pastor Skip Heitzig:


Hustle and Grind: The Theology of Work
“Get a Job”



Welcome to Real Hope In Christ – We’re Glad You’re Here

 

This is our worship service for Sunday, 1-09-2022.

 

Countdown to Worship
“Lion and the Lamb,”
Leland.

 

First Worship Offering
“Stand In Faith,” Danny Gokey.

 

Announcements

 

Second Worship Offering
“Old Church Choir,” Zach Williams.

 

Communion Service
Dana Smith.
“Jesus Paid It All,” Kings Kaleidoscope.

 

Today’s message:
Hustle and Grind: The Theology of Work
“Get a Job”
Pastor Skip Heitzig

 

Closing Prayer: Ken Smith.

 

 

Sermon Notes:
Hustle and Grind: The Theology of Work
“Get a Job”
Pastor Skip Heitzig

 

Some people worship at the altar of their career, striving for success and security while sacrificing their own rest and well-being.

 

Others can’t be bothered to break away from their gaming or binge-watching habits on the couch. Work has provided a God-given purpose and dignity to human life even before the fall, yet God also modeled our need for rest when He "ended His work which He had done, and…rested" (Genesis 2:2).

 

In this teaching series, Pastor Skip Heitzig explores what God’s Word has to say about worship and work, rest and laziness.

 

The first thing that God gave man after he was created was a job.

Genesis teaches us that we have a working God.

 

Genesis 1:24 New International Version
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.

 

Genesis 1:25-27 New International Version

25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

 

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

 

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

 

God gave us a position.

 

God made us in His image: He has given us attributes that we share with our Creator.

 

We are unlike any other of His Creation; we are the crowning creation. According to the New Testament just lower than the Angels.

 

We are able to work creatively as God has given us the ability.

 

From the very first words of the bible we are presented with a working God.

God worked for six days and on the seventh day He rested – not because He was tired but because He was finished.

 

God looked at His work when He was finished and declared that “it was good.”  God took pride in His work.

 

Ecclesiastes 2:24 New International Version

24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God.

 

God wants you to follow His example and be satisfied with your work.

 

Genesis 1:28 New International Version

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

 

God gave us a commission.

 

Part of our purpose is to reproduce and fill the earth.

 

Proverbs 25:2 New International Version

2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;

    to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

Jesus is the answer to our fear of death.

 

Laziness is never exonerated in scripture.

 

Proverbs 6:6 New International Version

6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;

    consider its ways and be wise!

 

Part of being a human and reaching our potential is to be productive.

 

Genesis 1:29 New International Version

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

 

God gave us His provision.

 

God gave us the building blocks to create but to create but it still takes work.

 

God makes all things possible but we must work to be in His image and create.

 

Genesis 2:15 New International Version

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

 

God has now given Adam employment.

 

Work is good because it follows the instruction and the example of God in His work.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 New International Version

A Time for Everything

3 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 

10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 
1 1 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

 

Let your work be the means that you show the world God’s glory.

 

 

Closing Prayer: Ken Smith

Never forget, God is in you and with you always. He will never forget you, He will never turn away. He is listening and always, God Loves You No Matter What!


 

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 We thank you for joining with us in worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We hope that you enjoyed our service today and encourage you seek God in everything that you do.

 

At Real Hope In Christ our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind.

Our focus begins with all the people of Citrus County and by the Grace of God we will:
Gather
together to worship and celebrate God,
Grow
in our knowledge and faith,
Give
in love and,
Go
out into the world to shine brightly with the light of salvation from our Savior Jesus Christ and tell the world what we know is true;
God Loves You No Matter What!

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