The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in

The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective I finally finished reading this book It took forever to read I have lots of thoughts about this book, so here goes In lots of ways I feel like I wasn t the target audience for this book The church tradition I grew up in doesn t have a clergy The preaching is usually done by a paid preacher, but there isn t a set of credentials that the preachers all have to meet The preacher is picked by the congregation he will be working at and as long as they are satisfied can be just about anyone Commu I finally finished reading this book It took forever to read I have lots of thoughts about this book, so here goes In lots of ways I feel like I wasn t the target audience for this book The church tradition I grew up in doesn t have a clergy The preaching is usually done by a paid preacher, but there isn t a set of credentials that the preachers all have to meet The preacher is picked by the congregation he will be working at and as long as they are satisfied can be just about anyone Communion is usually presided over by any of the baptized males of the congregation All of that means that the whole first part of the book, which talked in length about the clergy laity split and why it s wrong, really didn t speak to me Part of who I am and what I believe means that it s really important to me that the Bible is used properly How that played out here is that I felt the need to look up all the Scripture references to make sure that they were being used correctly and in context And this guy quotes a lot of Scripture It made reading this book take forever When a three sentence paragraph has nine Scripture references in it, it takes a lot longer to read I m not a theology student who can sit around and read a book for 8 hours There are also extensive footnotes which can also be full of Scripture references and asides to the main argument This guy also writes like a Bible professor and makes assumptions about what the audience of the book knows, which I didn t always.All that said, it was a good book It s central message, that every Christian is a minister and priest in their life giving glory to God and living to bring him glory, is super important Ministry isn t just preaching or missionary work Every kind of work is ministry and we need to to be living our lives in the truth that everything we do serves God and should be done for his glory There are questions at the end of each chapter as well as of couple of case studies I think that reading this book with a group and then discussing it would increase the experience Stevens draws some excellent conclusions about the laity clergy division and how a Biblical model of these two factions should look He goes on to add insight into ministry and how each one of us fits into the bigger picture This is a very encouraging book and gave me opportunity to reflect on my place in the body of Christ and how my other six days should look feel.The reason I dropped a star from my rating is this Stevens sometimes strays from the point he is making whole chapters, some Stevens draws some excellent conclusions about the laity clergy division and how a Biblical model of these two factions should look He goes on to add insight into ministry and how each one of us fits into the bigger picture This is a very encouraging book and gave me opportunity to reflect on my place in the body of Christ and how my other six days should look feel.The reason I dropped a star from my rating is this Stevens sometimes strays from the point he is making whole chapters, some of the time and led me to scratch my head at how that related to the work ministry topic I enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it to others, although I think I enjoyed his other book Work MattersStevens did a thorough job explaining how the word call is used Scripture, and how it has been seen throughout church history He, like many others, acknowledged that there is a heart call where the Holy Spirit creates a desire for a particular serviceit is entirely ordinary for God to create a desire in our hearts to do the very thing needed, whether in the church I enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it to others, although I think I enjoyed his other book Work MattersStevens did a thorough job explaining how the word call is used Scripture, and how it has been seen throughout church history He, like many others, acknowledged that there is a heart call where the Holy Spirit creates a desire for a particular serviceit is entirely ordinary for God to create a desire in our hearts to do the very thing needed, whether in the church or in the world Stevens also asks us to consider the unity between the creation mandate and the great commission, which echoed what I had read elsewhere He espouses a view of one unified covenant from Genesis to Revelation that encompasses communion the call to belong to God , community the call to be God s people , and co creativity the call to do God s work Stevens provides a good survey of how work itself is seen in Scripture, covering many of the same solid Lutheran based teaching on the intrinsic value of everyday work I have seen in many other places Work, he says, is good for the world, good for our neighbor, and good for us He placed special emphasis on the terms for slave and master doulos and kyrios , and reminded us how they are tied together in Phil 2 7 11 Jesus, who left His throne to become for us a doulos, was exalted to his rightful place, which will lead to a worldwide confession of Jesus as Kyrios at the consummation I appreciated Stevens view on how each member of the Trinity gives us a different perspective on work and his eschatological focus throughout the book Consistently, this book is scripturally based and he constantly finds ways to express his balanced Trinitarian view, which I find refreshing I also very much appreciated his comparison of the church to the gathering and dispersion of blood in the body , that it is a rhythm of gathering ekklesia and dispersion diasporaGathered, the blood is cleansed and oxygenated Sent out, it fights diseases and energizes Overall, a pretty good book A biblical theological foundation for the ministry of all Christian believers, over against a long standing tradition of diving clergy and laity in matters of actual service to God Stevens has the Western mostly North American Christianity in mind, and does a fair response to the question, particularly in recovering the value of a missional reading of vocation Here, the focal point is to find where God is already at work, in order to become a co worker with him. I found the last 2 3 chapters very interesting but as a whole I thought the book was just OK. Intriguing book on the spiritual value of everyday work in fields NOT associated with the ministry Quite academic and high concept, and when it attempts to explain some of its ideas, it comes off feeling a little circular in its logic Nonetheless, an essential read on this topic. Throughout history the church has been composed of two types of people those who do ministry and those to whom it is done In this provocative book R Paul Stevens shows that the clergy laity division has no basis in the New Testament and challenges all Christians to rediscover what it means to live daily as God s people Exploring the theological, structural, and cultural reasons for treating laypeople as the objects of ministry, Stevens argues against the idea of clericalism All Christians are called to live in faith, hope, and love, and to do God s work in the church and world This biblical perspective has serious implications for the existing attitudes and practices of many churches as well as for our understanding of ministry Stevens shows that the task of churches today is to equip people for ministry in their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoodsWritten by a scholar and pastor well known as an active advocate for the whole people of God, this thought provoking book made even useful with the inclusion of case studies and study questions at the end of each chapter offers inspiring reading for anyone interested in what the Christian life holds for the other six days of the week ❮Reading❯ ➵ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas ➭ Author Paul W. Zitzewitz – 9facts.co.uk structural ❮Read❯ ➵ The Beautiful Disruption ➸ Author G.G. Renee Hill – 9facts.co.uk and cultural reasons for treating laypeople as the objects of ministry ➶ [Read] ➲ Games Rednecks Play By Jeff Foxworthy ➾ – 9facts.co.uk Stevens argues against the idea of clericalism All Christians are called to live in faith [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Magic Cottage Author James Herbert – 9facts.co.uk hope ➽ [Lireing] ➿ Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) 1, Sandi Metz, eBook - Amazon.com Par Sandi Metz ➲ – 9facts.co.uk and love [Epub] ➚ Eski Yunanca - Türkçe Sözlük Author Güler Çelgin – 9facts.co.uk and to do God s work in the church and world This biblical perspective has serious implications for the existing attitudes and practices of many churches as well as for our understanding of ministry Stevens shows that the task of churches today is to equip people for ministry in their homes ✅ Dont Leave Me Alone pdf ✈ Author GG – 9facts.co.uk workplaces ➜ [KINDLE] ❆ I Won a Spaceship By Harrison Park ➦ – 9facts.co.uk and neighborhoodsWritten by a scholar and pastor well known as an active advocate for the whole people of God ➻ [Reading] ➽ The Black Mask Boys By William F. Nolan ➰ – 9facts.co.uk this thought provoking book made even useful with the inclusion of case studies and study questions at the end of each chapter offers inspiring reading for anyone interested in what the Christian life holds for the other six days of the week

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