I have a passion to help people to see their workplaces as arenas for gospel ministry.
Historically Christians have so majored on the church "gathered" that the church "scattered" has been the poor relation. The fact is that we are as much church when we're in the board room, factory, kitchen, classroom, or bar as we are when we are "at" church. However to our shame and great cost we've created a sacred-secular divide where we believe that the stuff that really matters to God are church services, bible studies and "singing carols outside Tescos" but closing a million pound deal, reducing our golf handicap or putting in the third lot of washing is well....."secular". The fact is, of course, that God is mad keen about all of it and everything can, and should, be done in such a way as to shine a spotlight on Jesus.
This term at LBC we're going to be ramping up our commitment to encouraging whole-life missionary discipleship in several ways including a five part sermon series. I'd also like to make available the following prayer that I hope will be a challenge and an encouragement:
My Heavenly Father, as I enter this work place, I acknowledge your presence ahead of me.
I speak Your peace, Your grace, Your mercy, and Your perfect order into this office.
I acknowledge Your power over all that will be spoken, thought, decided, and done within these walls.
Lord, I thank You for the gifts you have blessed me with. I commit to using them responsibly in Your honour.
Give me a fresh supply of strength to do my job. Anoint my projects, ideas and energy, so that even my smallest accomplishment may bring You glory.
Lord, when I am confused, guide me. When I am weary, energise me. When I am burned out, infuse me with the light of the Holy Spirit.
May the work that I do and the way I do it bring faith, joy, and a smile to all that I come in contact with today.
And Oh Lord, when I leave this place, give me travelling mercy.
Bless my family and home to be in order as I left it.
Lord, I thank you for everything You've done, everything You're doing, and everything You're going to do.
In the Name of Jesus I pray, with much love and thanksgiving....Amen.