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Posted by: Brian Musser | September 21, 2016

Disciples InDeed Bible Study Starts Tonight!

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Join Disciples InDeed (DID) tonight, Wednesday, September 21 at 7 PM in the Interfaith Chapel RM 315, Paul Peck Research and Problem Solving Building, on the corner of 33rd and Arch.  We will be learning how to Study the Bible as we walk through the Book of Ruth.  The process is Inductive Bible Study.  We will OBSERVE, INTERPRET, APPLY and SYNTHESIZE as we sharpen our Scripture reading skills.  Develop a method that will help you long after you graduate Drexel with any part of God’s Word that you encounter.  Prayer, Fellowship, Bible Study all on a Wednesday with other students on your campus.

Posted by: Brian Musser | September 20, 2016

An Exciting New Course at Drexel

Hey Drexel Students,

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The Galileo Museum in Florence

Check out this new class for the Winter term.  The professor is Dr. Fraser Fleming, Chair of the Chemistry Department.  I know him through together with the Drexel Christian Faculty Fellowship.

 

Thinking about next term’s registration? Students entering the sophomore level or above are invited to explore a new online course with a spring break travel component. The History of Science and the Influence of Religion rolls out this winter term.  The course is open to all majors.

 

The course description here.

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The CERN Supercollider in Geneva

How did science emerge as a powerful tool for gaining new knowledge?  What role did religion play in the development of science over the past five millennia? What insight can science and religion bring to the issues facing humanity in the 21st century? What does it mean to be human?

 

The course aims to answer these questions by tracing the progression of science and religion through human history, using astronomical discoveries to chronicle the positive and negative influences of religion.  Beginning with the Big Bang, the course moves through chemical and biological evolution, to the science of early cultures (Egyptians, Greeks and Romans), exploring paradigm changing scientists (Galileo, Darwin and Einstein) and concluding with advances in neuroscience that relate to the soul and self. The material will be delivered through a combination of online lectures, guided readings, journaling and discussions. The content will then be brought to life through visits to historic and scientific sites in Italy, Germany and Switzerland.  Guided tours of such places as the Vatican observatory, the Galileo Museum, and the CERN supercollider will deepen the connection between science and religion.  Students will better understand how scientific discoveries were colored by culture, religion and politics.

 

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The Roman Forum

If you are even slightly interested check out the information session on October 3rd at 5:00pm at Gerri C. LeBow Hall (Room TBD), 3220 Market Street.

Posted by: Brian Musser | September 17, 2016

Welcome Back!

WELCOME! WELCOME! WELCOME to DREXEL’S 125th Year!
Bible Study!!!

Join Disciples InDeed Wednesdays starting September 21st at 7 PM in the Interfaith Chapel, Room 315 of the Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building.
As we begin a study on the Book of Ruth.   We read Scripture together; asking questions and finding answers. Not only will we learn what God is trying to tell us through the Book of Ruth but we will also develop skills to study the Bible on our own.  Take some time out of your weekly routine to partner with a group of students as we study God’s Word.  
Join us for PRAYER, FELLOWSHIP and SCRIPTURE.

Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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THIS SUNDAY!!!

Church Informationals.  Come to Spangler Walk (between Myers and Kelly dorms)Sunday September 18th at 8:45 – 9:15 AM and hear about local area churches that Drexel students attend.  The churches represented will include: 
Antioch Christian Fellowship
Liberti Church
Covenant Community Church 
Tenth Presbyterian Church
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Philadelphia Mission Baptist Church
Epiphany Fellowship Church
Freedom Church
Christ Community Church

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John 8:31 (NKJV): Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed…” 

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Posted by: Brian Musser | July 14, 2016

A God Who Can Be Known

Allow me to open with an untitled poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins written in the 1800’s.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1844 – 1889
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I do is me: for that I came.

Í say móre: the just man justices;
Kéeps gráce: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is—
Chríst—for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

Christ plays in 10,000 places. I believe this phrasing was chosen to give a couple meanings. First Christ, himself is at play all over the world in some many different places. Secondly, I think there is the meaning of dramas about Christ, “Christ plays,” can be seen throughout the world as well. The story of redemption can be seen throughout creation, throughout the world, throughout history, throughout humanity. Sometimes God’s hand within a redemption story is revealed to the actors as they are going through. The Christ play at that time is explicitly a play where God is named as the protagonist. The deliverance of the Jewish nation from slavery in Egypt is a redemption story that the redeemer told in the first person. At other moments of history, the people being redeemed have chosen to define their experience through the lens of Christ. Historically many African-Americans have chosen to narrate their emancipation from bondage in the context of Christ’s salvation. But then there are stories where God is directing, for God is always the director, plays (dramas) which bring good about on this earth but the characters do not know the name of their director. A fascinating verse hints at this.

Amos 9:7 (HCSB)
Israelites, are you not like the Cushites to Me?
This is the Lord’s declaration.
Didn’t I bring Israel from the land of Egypt,
the Philistines from Caphtor,
and the Arameans from Kir?

Deuteronomy chapter 2 also talks about this idea that God has been and is active in the history of the nations. Christ is at play in the lives of all peoples. It was God who was in charge of the lives of the Cushites. It was God who directed the Philistines. It was God who moved the Arameans. The difference between Isreal and the rest of the world was not if God was at play in their nation. It wasn’t even how God was at play in their nation. The difference was simply if they knew the name of the God at play. This is true on an individual level as well. Every person in this room, right here and right now, God is at work in your life. And every single person not in this room God is at work in their lives.
Before we dive into the main scripture today let’s take a moment to pray.

Acts 17:16-34 (HCSB)
16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was troubled within him when he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with those who worshiped God and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18 Then also, some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers argued with him. Some said, “What is this pseudo-intellectual trying to say?” Others replied, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign deities”—because he was telling the good news about Jesus and the Resurrection.

We see here in Athens that Paul spends some time observing the city before he opens his mouth. The phrase “troubled within him” is a little bit weaker than the Greek. It could be translated he was infuriated at the idolatry he saw. Or we could say he was sick to his stomach because of it. There are certain sins out there in our culture that will quite often get our ire up but is idolatry one of them. Do we get mad when we see folks worshipping America more than God, putting their trust in bank accounts, using education as a faith crutch, seeking their comfort in entertainment or having more hope in themselves than they do in the Almighty? Idolatry is alive and well here and now and usually you and I don’t even bat an eye.

Luke takes the time to mention three groups of people that Paul is sharing with; Jews, Epicureans and Stoics. We will leave Paul’s encounters with the Jews alone for this morning and focus on his ministry to the Greek schools of philosophy, the Epicureans and the Stoics. One important thing to understand is that when we are talking about Christ; when are describing to someone else how Christ is at play in their lives and in the world we are not talking to a blank slate. I don’t share Christ with non-Christians. I share Christ with Muslims and atheists and pagans and Hindus and relativists. The person I am talking to (whoever that is) has a belief system and they are going to be interpreting my words through the lens of what they already believe.

19 They took him and brought him to the Areopagus, and said, “May we learn about this new teaching you’re speaking of? 20 For what you say sounds strange to us, and we want to know what these ideas mean.” 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners residing there spent their time on nothing else but telling or hearing something new.

This invitation to speak in front of the Areopagus was motivated by their desire for knowledge. “We want to know…” In Greek philosophy and specifically in Epicurean and Stoic belief knowledge was a good if not the ultimate good. Epicureans believed that a knowledge of the way the world truly was as just a material existence would allow one to live a peaceful, detached, tranquil life. Stoics ultimately saw the “logos” as the cohesive principle that held the world together. Knowledge was the ultimate good. And the common brotherhood of humanity needed to be united in the common possession of the divine “logos.” Since knowledge was their ultimate good, lack of knowledge would be considered evil. Listening to Paul and determining if anything was to be gained from Paul’s babbling or not wasn’t just an intellectual endeavor. Taking Paul’s theories and adding them to the collective knowledge of Athens if worthwhile or eradicating if proven foolish was a holy task. Their legitimate quest for knowledge is exactly where God will choose to meet them.

Your worldview controls what you find as ultimately motivating. Your worldview defines what is important to you. Maybe not the worldview you pretend to have but the one you actually believe. On campus I have always worked under the assumption that every student can immediately name something about themselves that they are actively working on to become better. And I believe that the peace of Jesus Christ is how that task of becoming better is achieved. I also assume that every student can name something about their world that they want to change. I believe that the power of God can help them make that change. There are stories of redemption at work all around us. Christ is at play in 10,000 places. Christ was at play in the life of Paul shaping him for this moment in front of the Areopagus. Christ was at play in the Areopagus molding them to hear the truth. Christ is at play in your life and in mine. Are we paying attention? Christ is at play in the lives of your co-workers and neighbors and family members. Are you the one to show them how God is already at work? Are you the one to introduce them to the God that is right there, the God that can be known?

22 Then Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that you are extremely religious in every respect. 23 For as I was passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.

Paul mentions an idol that he saw as he was paying attention to the culture. He references an idol inscribed to an unknown God. Several of these idols have been found and are mentioned throughout historical documents. The interesting contrast is that they are always plural. They are dedicated to the unknown gods. Whether Paul chose to edit that for license or actually found one idol that was singular we don’t know. But we know that Paul purposefully used something in their culture but not unedited. We can use culture to communicate truth but truth edits the culture. It should not be the other way around.

But then Paul stops building a bridge and calls them to task. He doesn’t judge them according to the Old Testament standards but he judges them in a way that they will feel convicted. He calls them ignorant, unknowing, or uninformed. If knowledge is your ultimate good then worshipping something in ignorance is wrong. I hear the very words of Jesus when speaking to the Samaritan woman in John 4 at this moment. John 4:22 (HCSB) You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. Paul boldly proclaims to know the God they are ignorant of to the very people who thought they were the arbiters of knowledge.

What does our culture today hold in high esteem? Is our cultural desire for tolerance something that we can use the Gospel to show people what it looks like to be truly tolerant? The kindness of God leads to repentance. Is our culture’s desire for experiences a way to share the ultimate experience of living in connection with the God we were designed to relate to? There are stories just waiting to happen in the world around us, redemption stories. Stories of the drama of Christ being played out in 10,000 places.

24 The God who made the world and everything in it—He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands. 25 Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things. 26 From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.

Most Greek philosophers have already come to the conclusion that it was foolish to think that the Gods needed humans to serve them. The Epicureans saw the Gods as distant if they existed at all. The Stoics saw these ideas of cultic religious practices as lacking in knowledge. Paul is using ideas that they would agree with but setting these ideas in a distinctively foreign worldview of monotheism. One creator, one lord, one God to be worshipped by every nation, even the Greeks, even the Athenians. It’s an interesting to note that Luke could be designing Paul’s encounter with the Areopagus to allude to the trial of Socrates. Paul is getting a similar public hearing, proclaiming some of the very ideas that Socrates was tried and executed for centuries earlier. Luke is using a familiar cultural picture to give his audience handles on what is happening. Although not completely formed, Socrates misgivings about Greek mythology and cultic practices are coming to fruition in Paul’s explicit defense of monotheism. Socrates had a part to play in the drama of bringing Christ to the Greeks. God was at work in Athens centuries before and will continue to work millennia later.

27 He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. 28 For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Being God’s offspring then, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination.

Verse 27 is full of verbs that are in a very unique Greek tense. These verbs are in a tense that connotes doubt as to if the actions will take place. “They might seek” and “perhaps they might reach out” and “find Him” are all questionable. The question is are we going to seek for God. Paul doubts it. In other places in scripture he makes the doubt stronger claiming that no one seeks God. No one searches for God even though God is right there. God is here and this God can be known. Christ plays in 10,000 places. You have seen the redemption story of Christ. God has always been available to you. He is right here waiting for you. Even the ancient Greek pagan poets were able to notice the nearness and connectedness of God and humanity. He is all around us. But we miss Him and get it wrong.

God is here but He is not in these idols. God has made humanity. Humanity does not make God. I have a Vietnamese pastor friend that uses idol worship and ancestral idols common in both Vietnamese Buddhism and Vietnamese Catholicism to share the Gospel. It is an assumed practice in Vietnamese culture that when a parent dies the child erects a shrine to that parent. This shrine will have idols and images symbolizing the deceased parent. It is a way to honor, respect and remember the dead. However; it would be a horrendous insult to erect such a shrine for a living parent. It would be saying that you wished your parent was dead. Taking this cultural practice the pastor asks if they worship a God who is living or a God who is dead. This opens the door for him to talk about the God who died but still lives. But it also causes them to see that using idols to worship a living God is offensive to that living God. He uses his culture to communicate truth.

30 “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”

Christ plays in 10,000 places. God has lead the Jews out of Egypt, God has delivered African-Americans from slavery. He has brought the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir. He has caused the Greeks to search after knowledge and their philosophers to question idol worship and their poets to praise the immanence of the divine. These are all introductions, prologues, first acts to the ultimate story. It is no longer acceptable to just concentrate on the prequels God now requires all peoples everywhere to step out of their ignorance, to repent of their foolishness and to worship the Man that was sent, Jesus the Christ who proved his divinity by conquering death through the resurrection. The story once hidden has now been revealed. The mystery obscured is shown. Jesus the Christ is proclaimed. Take Him or leave Him but ignorance is no longer an option.

32 When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to ridicule him. But others said, “We’d like to hear from you again about this.” 33 Then Paul left their presence. 34 However, some men joined him and believed, including Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

As you look at your life, as you look at your story, is Christ at play? What is Christ doing? As you look at those around you, how is God active in their lives? How can you help others to know the name of the one that is directing their life? What is going on in your life? Have there been any significant changes? Is God in those changes? Have any relationships ended or begun through birth, death, breakups, dating, moving, fights, or transitions? What have they communicated to you that they are stressed about? What are their goals? Short term? Long term? Are there areas in your life that you are trying to do something worthwhile? Could God be the one motivating you? Are there areas in their life that they are doing something they know is wrong? Is God convicting them? Is there a specific type of evil that breaks your heart? Do you think it also breaks the heart of God? Have they expressed to you any emotional needs? Have they expressed any doubts about strongly held beliefs? Is God softening them to see Christ at play in the 10,000 place of their lives? Not everyone will seek Him. But if you do, He will be found. He is right here and he can be known.

Posted by: Brian Musser | July 14, 2016

Work-Ship: Showing Off the Image of God through What We Do.

Let’s start with Genesis and read the passage about God creating humanity.

Gen 1:26-28 (HCSB)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in 1) Our image, according to 2) Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
So God created man in His 3) own image;
He created him in the 4) image of God;
He created them male and female.

God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.”

God works. This God, who works, creates humanity in His image. And then immediately after creating us, He gives us certain assignments. The image of God in humanity has deep and meaningful significance. Our value and worth are intimately tied to the fact that we are specifically created in God’s image. It is important to note that humanity, being created in the image of God, is directly and immediately connected to the assignments God has for us to do. Our work is somehow dependent upon the image of God invested within us. Our tasks of ruling, being fruitful, multiplying, filling and subduing is interwoven among four statements of being created in God’s image.
Humanity being created in the image of God means that we look like God. God has chosen to reveal something about His nature through His image in us. God has also chosen to reveal something about how God works through how we work. Being created in the image of God who worked and then immediately assigned tasks to complete allows us to assume that we can look like God as we work.
GOD THE FATHER

Just to make this idea about God working more manageable, let’s handle each person of the Trinity separately. And let’s begin with God the Father. In general terms we can categorize God the Father’s work into two categories: His creative work and His sustaining work.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 104: 27 – 30 (NIV)
27 All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are terrified;
when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

A Story:
Imagine two college classmates, Sarah and Susan, are both computer science majors at the same school. Both of them are Christians and both are trying to serve God through their degree. People see Sarah as a genius. She knows at least five different programming languages. She can write code to do just about anything. Coding gets her creative juices flowing. Sarah’s professors have commented that she often uses code in ways that they have never seen before. Some of her approaches have been described as exciting and fresh. Sarah’s programming style is so unique that others can recognize it as hers even if they did not know she wrote it.

Although, Sarah is great with a keyboard and a computer, she is not so good with people. Real people scare her. Often Sarah wishes life was as easy as programming. She would love it if people responded as logically as machines did. Life would be better if she could write code to solve her real world problems.

When she is coding she often feels like she is building a better world. She does imagine that someday she will write a program that will make this world a substantially better place. This might sound unchristian but Sarah feels closer to God when she is programming than when she is in church. Sarah at times imagines that God used a computer language when creating the universe. She knows this is extremely prideful but she can’t help thinking that the only difference between her and God is that God can write flawless code.

Then there is Susan. Sarah and Susan prove people wrong when they say that all computer nerds are alike. Susan is not very creative at all. She spends very little time thinking about new ways to do new things. At times Susan wishes she was more like Sarah. Susan enjoys watching Sarah when she is “in the zone” writing code like a virtuoso. Envy creeps up on her every once and awhile.

This doesn’t mean that Susan doesn’t have her talents too. Susan spends most of his time solving other peoples’ problems. She loves studying programs that are already written looking for ways to better understand what they can do and how they should work. When something goes wrong she can usually fix it in thirty minutes or less. Susan is the Pizza Hut of computer techs. Many of her classmates come to her when things stop working. Susan has even been able to get a couple of Sarah’s programs back on track. She is known as the girl who keeps the entire department running.

Sometimes she wishes things were different but most of the time Susan is motivated by helping others. She really likes helping people. She really likes being the girl they come to when they need something. She likes being needed. If Susan has a problem it is that she might spend too much time helping others and not enough on her own stuff. She just can’t say no when someone asks her for a favor. Susan sees serving others as serving God. She laughs when she hears about how giving a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name to anyone is like giving it to Jesus himself. She finds that funny because of all the times when spilling the cup of cold water on a computer was the problem she was trying to fix.

Discussion:
⦁ What jobs do you think of as being creative?
⦁ What types of jobs are about maintaining things as they should be?
⦁ Would the job you have, or the one you are preparing to have, be considered a creative job?
⦁ Even if it is not considered a creative job are there ways for you to be creative within the job?
⦁ Have you ever been in charge of keeping a piece of equipment or machinery in good working order?
⦁ Did you find that task and role fulfilling?
⦁ Have you ever been dependent upon the maintenance of someone else to keep something of yours working? Did they do their job or did they let you down?
⦁ Do you see your work as more creative or sustaining?

GOD THE SON
Just as we see Scripture talking about God the Father as a worker we can also examine the work of Jesus. Although, there are probably innumerable different possibilities of distinction in the work of Christ, I have chosen to focus on two large ideas for this study: Christ as Communicator and Christ as Redeemer.

John 1:14, 18 (HCSB)
The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth….
No one has ever seen God. The One and Only Son— the One who is at the Father’s side— He has revealed Him.
Colossian 1:15 (HCSB)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Job 19:25 (HCSB)
But I know my living Redeemer, and He will stand on the dust at last.
Colossians 1:13-14 (HCSB)
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (HCSB)
He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

A Story:
Karla and Kyle work at the same hospital. Karla is a doctor and Kyle is a registered nurse. Karla became a doctor to fix problems. She loves the challenge of meeting a disease for the first time, figuring out what it is and trying to beat it. Karla is a doctor because of the Science of it all. She is a great doctor. She is respected by her peers. She is very seldom wrong with even the trickiest diagnosis. She knows exactly how to treat everything that the hospital throws at her. She has saved hundreds of people’s lives. She finds her job extremely rewarding and satisfying.

Often Karla will spend time thinking about certain memorable cases. She likes to replay the exciting hunt for the answers. Someone comes in broken. Something is wrong but in the beginning it is never quite clear exactly what. Karla finds out what. Karla figures out how this person is broken. She deduces what is wrong. And then based on her years of training and experience with all the tools available to her in the hospital she does her best to fix the problem. More times than not the broken person walks out of the hospital much better than when they came in. The problem is solved. The crisis is made right. What was wrong is no longer an issue. Karla often will tell people that her job is to make people work like they are supposed to.

However, Karla has issues when dealing directly with people. She will often joke with her colleagues that medicine would be a lot easier to practice if all this illnesses didn’t always come attached to so many needy individuals. Practicing medicine is both interesting and rewarding but there is a logical pattern to it. There are specific things to look for. There are a set number of questions to ask. There is a defined procedure. And if you do things correctly, if you diagnose and treat correctly, people get better. Medicine makes sense to her. People do not. There is no standard operating procedure for people. She’s had some psychology and sociology classes but they have just seemed to make her more confused. People react in completely random ways. When she is trying to work with a person to help them get better that person will not do exactly what Karla has told them to do. It is like they don’t want to get better. It is like they don’t want to do what is necessary. If they weren’t going to listen to her why did they come to her in the first place?

Karla likes it when Kyle is working. Kyle is a nurse and he seems to balance Karla’s personality perfectly. Kyle is completely competent at his job. He is even above average when it comes to the skills a nurse needs. However; what really sets him apart from the other nurses is how easily he can connect with the patients. He is able to talk to them like he is their family. He is able to communicate with the patients in ways that help them understand everything that is going on, motivate them to do what is needed and sets them at ease even though for many being in the hospital is one of the scariest moments ever in their lives. Kyle almost intuitively knows that it is not only important to be right but it also vital that the patients trusts that you are right.

To Kyle communication is the key. He not only needs to say the right things but he needs to say it in the way that his patients understand him. The patients are more likely to be afraid of something they don’t understand. Confusion and uncertainty are always scary. Kyle not only takes time to learn what is wrong with the patients but he also takes time to learn who the patient is. Explaining a surgery is going to be different to an ex-Marine than it is to a librarian.

Often Kyle quietly laughs to himself at the way he hears Karla talk to her patients. Most of the time he knows he is going to have to follow up on the conversations she has with the patients he is connected to. Karla is a great doctor but she just doesn’t understand people. Well, she understands how they work just not how they think. But that’s okay. Kyle will make sure he smooths things over later.

Discussion:
⦁ What types of professions would you see as being at their core based on revelation and communication?
⦁ What types of professions would you see as being at their core redemptive or restorative?

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

Just as we see Scripture talking about God the Father and Jesus Christ, God the Son as workers we can also examine the work of the Holy Spirit. Although there are probably innumerable different possibilities of distinction in the work of the Holy Spirit, I have chosen to focus on two large categories for this study: The Holy Spirit as Convicter and as Enabler

John 16:7-11 (HCSB)
Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you. When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: About sin, because they do not believe in Me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me; and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

Acts 1:8 (HCSB)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Acts 2:4 (HCSB)
Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.
Joel 2:28-29 (HCSB)
After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions. I will even pour out My Spirit on the male and female slaves in those days.

A Story:
Betty Baumgartner has been a high school technology teacher for all of her adult life. She started teaching immediately after college. When she was young she had dreams about changing the world. She was idealistic and naïve. Now some days she wonders if she has really accomplished anything. Those are the days that her students don’t seem to be understanding the basic words that are coming out of her mouth. The days of confusion and apathy really make Betty tired. She no longer wants to change the world. Now she is hoping just to impact one student. She wants to be the difference in that one student’s life. She wants to be the teacher that showed technology to someone and it changed what they thought about the world. It changed their career path. It gave them the tools to become a productive member of society. Betty often questions her success because she can’t always point to a pile of concrete objects that she has made. Her job has results that are much more intangible.

Betty had lost touch with Bill, one of her first students. If she had stayed in contact with him she would have realized the impact that she has already had. Bill is an engineer. Bill can point back to a specific moment his high school technology class and a specific quote from his teacher Mrs. Baumgartner that changed everything. “Technology is just a tool. The good you do with it is only limited by your imagination.” Bill never forgot that quote. He has it written down in a notebook he keeps with him. And Bill has been able to use technology for good. Bill works in the automobile industry and has had a hand in designing several of the safety features that now come standard on most American cars. Right now Bill is working on a project that will enable the car to communicate to the driver when the car believes the driver is making a mistake. Bill hopes this project will help save lives in the future. And to think his career is all because something one teacher said that one time.

Discussion:
⦁ Are there specific careers that are solely judged by the results they produce through other people’s actions?
⦁ What types of professions would you see as being at their core based on empowerment and enabling?
⦁ What types of professions would you see as being at their core convictive?
⦁ Do you have/are you preparing for a job that facilitates the success of others? What do you do and who do you help be successful?
⦁ Have you ever had a job where you did make a lasting difference in the rest of an individual’s life? What did that experience feel like?
⦁ How do you point out things that are wrong within your work environment?

What is one thing that you will change this week because you now see that you can work like God works?
How does it make you feel that God in some way has worked or continues to work in a similar fashion to your work?

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