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Inside Out – Part 3

“INSIDE OUT – PART 3”

REVIEW/INTRO: Inside calling – to be connected to a local church where we regularly assemble, worship, serve, love, give and grow (& help others grow). Outside calling – to impact the marketplace by declaring & demonstrating the kingdom of God and by changing spiritual climates.

HOW DO WE CHANGE SPIRITUAL CLIMATES?

  1. Let your light shine before others (Matt. 5:16).
    1. Instead of complaining about darkness, shine the light!
    2. Shining the light vs. rebuking the darkness.
  2. Pray for God’s kingdom to come to your place of marketplace engagement and influence (Matt. 6:10).
  3. Engage wisely in warfare (Mt. 11:12; 16:19; 2Cor. 10:4-5).
  4. Declare God’s kingdom to come to your part of the marketplace and don’t contradict that declaration.

TURNING PEOPLE FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT (2Cor. 4:4; Acts 26:17-18).

FOUR MARKETPLACE PERSPECTIVES/FOCUSES:

  1. There to earn a living while surviving spiritually.
  2. There to earn a living while being a good example.
  3. There to do business in the power of the Spirit.
  4. There to extend the kingdom of God (transformation).

SEEING WORK AS AN EXPRESSION OF WORSHIP TO GOD.

  1. Without worshiping work (Col. 2:23-24).
  2. Do your work primarily as unto the Lord rather than primarily for money and/or to please man.
  3. THE 3 C’S: Character, Competency, & Chemistry (Psalm 78:72).
  4. Creation, Work & Worship (Gen. 1-3).
    1. Man was created and given a job (Gen. 1:26-31; 2:7-9, 15), then a wife (Gen. 2:18-23)!
    2. Sin brought a curse upon man’s work (Gen. 3:17-19).
    3. Did Jesus’ bearing a crown of thorns redeem work (John 19:1-5; Luke 19:10)?

Conclusion: What would it look like for you to faithfully steward your part of the garden/marketplace?