Calling Defined “The truth is that God calls us to himself, and everything about us changes. This call is so decisive that now in Christ, everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and direction to live out God’s purposes as a response to His summons.” (Oz Guinness) 2 Cor. 5: 17-20 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” Eph. 2: 8-10 For by grace you are saved through faith, and it is not of yourselves, it is a gift from God. Not as a result of works, that no one can boast. We are His Workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. That the Father has prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Luke 14:5 If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” Jesus is saying “Get your Ox out of the ditch.” Luke 12:48 To whom much is given, much is to be expected. Col. 3: 22-24 Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Joe Erhmann 1 Cor. 6 and 1 Cor. 10 • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. • 1 Cor. 10:31- whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Arthur Guinness Romans 12: 4-6 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. Matt. 11: 29-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden from your work, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls for my work is easy and my load is light. John 12:24 Unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone. But if it does die, it brings forth much fruit. John Harbough Audio & PowerPoint and other resources will be available at: http://mcoaugusta.org/ January 27th What does God want Believers Doing? Calling & The State of the World – Making sense of the Global Narrative. February 3rd What is God’s will for my Life in the area of vocation? A Believer’s Call – What are we supposed to be DOING? February 10th Can I have a Life and a Significant Career? Calling and Vocation – When WORK interferes with your LIFE. February 17th How do I find meaning and motivation in my Work? Work – Part II The MEANING of Work and making it MEANINGFUL. February 24th How do I make a difference for Christ in the workplace? Work – Part III Being an Agent for Positive Change in the Marketplace. March 3rd Is there a right fit for me? (Dreams / Desires / Design) Making a Unique Contribution – Design, Dreams, Desires & Your Calling. OUR PROBLEM IS WE HAVE COME TO THINK ABOUT CAREER PATH RATHER THAN A CALLING PATH LOOK UP! LOOK OUT! LOOK IN!