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The Problem
with Work
[ Genesis 3:1-19 ]
“Take This Job
& Shove It”
~ Johnny Paycheck
You better not try
to stand in my way,
‘cause I’m walking
out the door.
Take this job
and shove it. 

I ain’t working
here...
Work Matters
How the Gospel Connects
Faith & Work
Summer Series at New City Church
The Problem
with Work
[ Genesis 3:1-19 ]
“The Four-Chapter Gospel”
Creation The Fall Redemption Restoration
1 2 3 4
Our calling to work was built-in
from the begin...
“The Four-Chapter Gospel”
Creation The Fall Restoration
1 2 3 4
And then it all went wrong.
Redemption
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than
Genesis 3:1-13, 17-19
any other beast of the field that the Lord
God had made. He sa...
3 “…but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the
fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the
garden, neither shall you touch ...
“…and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw
that the tree was good for food, and that
it was a delight to the eyes, and that the
...
…were opened, and they knew that they
were naked. And they sewed fig leaves
together and made themselves loincloths.
God wa...
…God among the trees of the garden. 9
But the Lord God called to the man and
said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he
den, ...
…eaten from the tree of which I com-
manded you not to eat?” 12 Then the
man said, “The woman whom you gave
tree, and I at...
…deceived me, and I ate….”
Genesis 3:1-13, 17-19
17 And to Adam he said, “Because you
listened to the voice of your wife a...
forth for you; and you shall eat the plants
of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread, till you return...
1The problem with work
is the curse on work.
shalom
“Ultimately, the only
human beings we know
are people who have
been created to please
God and build shalom but
who, to a g...
shalom
curse
Life this side of
the Fall is cursed.
Nothing is the way its
supposed to be.
Because of the nature of
God’s creation, we need
work for our happiness.
And because of God’s
intentions for our work—
to ...
But because of the fall
of the human race, our
work is profoundly
frustrating, never as
fruitful as we want, and
often a c...
2The problem with work
is the futility of work.
“Then I considered all
that my hands had done
and the toil I had
expended in doing it,
and behold, all was
vanity and a st...
“What has a man from
all the toil and striving
of heart with which he
toils beneath the sun?
For all his days are full of
...
~ The Apostle Paul in
Romans 8
“For the creation was
subjected to futility…
[in] bondage to decay…
the whole creation has
...
“The universe is
indifferent…so we create a
fake world for ourselves,
and we exist in that fake
world…a world that, in fac...
There really is no good news
about our work without the
good news of the Gospel.
~ Tom Nelson
Work Matters
“
Though the bad news is that
sin entered the world,
the good news is that Jesus Christ
also entered the world.
Implication #1
Because of the Gospel,
the curse does not have
the final word.
For I consider that the
sufferings of this present
time are not worth
comparing with the glory
that is to be revealed to
u...
For the creation was
subjected to futility, not
willingly, but because of
him who subjected it, in
hope that the creation ...
~ The Apostle Paul in
Romans 8
And not only the creation,
but we ourselves…groan
inwardly as we wait
eagerly for adoption ...
“I perceived that there is nothing better
for them than to be joyful and to do good
as long as they live; also that everyo...
Implication #2
Because of the Gospel,
futility does not have
the final word.
“Therefore, my
beloved brothers, be
steadfast, immovable,
always abounding in
the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the
Lo...
Well done, good and faithful
servant. You have been faithful over
a little; I will set you over much.
Enter into the joy o...
May you know the joy
of your Master in your
work, knowing that
your work offered to the
Lord is never in vain.
Sermon Slide Deck: "The Problem With Work" (Genesis 3:1-19)
Sermon Slide Deck: "The Problem With Work" (Genesis 3:1-19)
Sermon Slide Deck: "The Problem With Work" (Genesis 3:1-19)
Sermon Slide Deck: "The Problem With Work" (Genesis 3:1-19)
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Though the bad news is that sin entered the world, the Good News is that Jesus Christ also entered the world.

This message was given on July 17, 2016 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, please visit: www.newcitychurch.ca

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Sermon Slide Deck: "The Problem With Work" (Genesis 3:1-19)

  1. 1. The Problem with Work [ Genesis 3:1-19 ]
  2. 2. “Take This Job & Shove It” ~ Johnny Paycheck
  3. 3. You better not try to stand in my way, ‘cause I’m walking out the door. Take this job and shove it. 
 I ain’t working here no more.
  4. 4. Work Matters How the Gospel Connects Faith & Work Summer Series at New City Church
  5. 5. The Problem with Work [ Genesis 3:1-19 ]
  6. 6. “The Four-Chapter Gospel” Creation The Fall Redemption Restoration 1 2 3 4 Our calling to work was built-in from the beginning—before the Fall.
  7. 7. “The Four-Chapter Gospel” Creation The Fall Restoration 1 2 3 4 And then it all went wrong. Redemption
  8. 8. 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than Genesis 3:1-13, 17-19 any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, of any tree in the garden?’” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat
  9. 9. 3 “…but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God knowing good die.’” 4 But the serpent said, “You will not Genesis 3:1-13, 17-19
  10. 10. “…and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both tree was desired to make one wise, she Genesis 3:1-13, 17-19
  11. 11. …were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord Genesis 3:1-13, 17-19
  12. 12. …God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he den, and I was afraid because I was na- ked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you said, “I heard the sound of you in the gar- Genesis 3:1-13, 17-19
  13. 13. …eaten from the tree of which I com- manded you not to eat?” 12 Then the man said, “The woman whom you gave tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done? The woman said, “The serpent to be with me, she gave me fruit of the Genesis 3:1-13, 17-19
  14. 14. …deceived me, and I ate….” Genesis 3:1-13, 17-19 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree of which I com- cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your manded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’
  15. 15. forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the you are dust, and to dust you shall return. ground, for out of it you were taken; for Genesis 3:1-13, 17-19 life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring
  16. 16. 1The problem with work is the curse on work.
  17. 17. shalom
  18. 18. “Ultimately, the only human beings we know are people who have been created to please God and build shalom but who, to a greater or lesser degree, mysteriously live against the purpose of their existence.”
  19. 19. shalom curse
  20. 20. Life this side of the Fall is cursed. Nothing is the way its supposed to be.
  21. 21. Because of the nature of God’s creation, we need work for our happiness. And because of God’s intentions for our work— to contribute to the flourishing of the world— we have glimpses of what we could accomplish.
  22. 22. But because of the fall of the human race, our work is profoundly frustrating, never as fruitful as we want, and often a complete failure.
  23. 23. 2The problem with work is the futility of work.
  24. 24. “Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after the wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.” ~ Ecclesiastes 2:11
  25. 25. “What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.” ~ Ecclesiastes 2:22-23
  26. 26. ~ The Apostle Paul in Romans 8 “For the creation was subjected to futility… [in] bondage to decay… the whole creation has been groaning.”
  27. 27. “The universe is indifferent…so we create a fake world for ourselves, and we exist in that fake world…a world that, in fact, means nothing at all, when you step back. It’s meaning- less. But it’s important that we create some sense of meaning, because no perceptible meaning exists for anybody.” ~ Woody Allen
  28. 28. There really is no good news about our work without the good news of the Gospel. ~ Tom Nelson Work Matters “
  29. 29. Though the bad news is that sin entered the world, the good news is that Jesus Christ also entered the world.
  30. 30. Implication #1 Because of the Gospel, the curse does not have the final word.
  31. 31. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing of the revealing of the sons of God. ~ The Apostle Paul in Romans 8
  32. 32. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. ~ The Apostle Paul in Romans 8
  33. 33. ~ The Apostle Paul in Romans 8 And not only the creation, but we ourselves…groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we are saved.
  34. 34. “I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
  35. 35. Implication #2 Because of the Gospel, futility does not have the final word.
  36. 36. “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” ~ The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58
  37. 37. Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master. ~ Jesus of Nazareth in Matthew 25:21 “
  38. 38. May you know the joy of your Master in your work, knowing that your work offered to the Lord is never in vain.

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