MONDAY SCHOOL for July 30, 2017, #4.3

MONDAY SCHOOL for July 30, 2017, #4.3
from The Place Of Prayer In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … prayer.

QUOTE #1:  [1]

QUOTE #2: “One night in 1989, my newlywed wife and I were on our way home from a church service in Escondido, California. Just as darkness descended upon a deserted stretch of Freeway 15 our old Toyota sputtered to a stop. Out of gas. I had been busy that week and had forgotten to fill the tank. There we were, no telephones, no houses, nothing nearby. I opened the car door in a state of numbness, shocked by our bleak circumstances. “I guess I’ll just have to put out my thumb,”I mumbled to myself.

Within three minutes, a smiling person stopped, introduced himself as a Christian evangelist, drove us to the nearest gas station (many miles away) and back again to the car. Unforgettable. A miracle straight from the throne of God—yet I dare not tempt God again by purposely running out of gas on a dark highway just to see if another evangelist, or perhaps this time an apostle, would stop!

Just as cars need gasoline, Christians will stop functioning spiritually unless we receive fuel from above. Even those who show up on Sunday, glory in God’s grace and consider themselves card-carrying evangelicals will have little impact on society if they are running on empty. Time with God provides the spiritual sustenance necessary to fill up our souls.

A miracle straight from the throne of God—yet I dare not tempt God again by purposely running out of gas on a dark highway just to see if another evangelist, or perhaps this time an apostle, would stop! Just as cars need gasoline, Christians will stop functioning spiritually unless we receive fuel from above. Even those who show up on Sunday, glory in God’s grace and consider themselves card-carrying evangelicals will have little impact on society if they are running on empty. Time with God provides the spiritual sustenance necessary to fill up our souls.” [2]

QUOTE #3: Recent studies indicate that Americans work the longest hours in the industrialized world—nearly 2000 hours per year! Between 1977 and 1997, the average workweek among salaried Americans was lengthened from 43 to 47 hours. Over the same years, the number of workers putting in 50 or more hours a week jumped from 24 to 37 percent. Scarcely a decade ago, Americans were horrified with the work habits of the Japanese. Now, according to a recent report of the International Labor Organization, the United States has slipped past Japan to become the longest-working nation in the world (note 4). The average American works eight weeks more per year than the average western European, and the same report says that Americans run a risk of burning out (note 5). Working hard is not wrong; burning out while working hard is the problem. When we work hard without God’s joy and peace controlling our lives, we build up stress and worry that result in burnout and dysfunctional behavior.” [3]

THINKING IT THROUGH
What gets your attention? Why?
What is the human need or problem here?
What is that like?

SOW: What does it SAY?
What does it say that I should OBEY?
WHO needs to hear this?

What is the divine solution?
How can we visualize it?

How can we make it happen? What are the steps?

RESOURCES
The photo “Out of gas” is by Don Harder  and is from https://www.flickr.com/photos/dharder9475/16424160062/
courtesy of the Flickr.com Creative Commons license.

FOOTNOTES

[1] This post is based on the sermon series: The Normal Christian Church – Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Sermon #4 from The Place Of Prayer In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … prayer.

[2] An Appointment with the King: Ideas for Jump-starting Your Devotional Life by Joel Comiskey – Start reading this book for free: http://a.co/briY6Xz

[3] An Appointment with the King: Ideas for Jump-starting Your Devotional Life by Joel Comiskey – Start reading this book for free: http://a.co/briY6Xz

 

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