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How's Business? (34 of 34)
Sermon Series: Good News from God
You can learn a lot about people by what they tell you about their job. When I am first getting to know someone, I like to ask them about their work. This helps me measure their levels of stress, satisfaction, and overall health. This can be particularly enlightening when I'm talking with a small business owner. When I ask small business owners questions about their business, it can be nearly impossible to shut them up. Even the introverted small business owner can ramble on for hours on the state of their business. Why is this so? Small business owners have great quantities of time, money, and energy invested in their work. This results in them caring a great deal about their business. So when I talk with such people, I will often ask the question, "How's business?"
I'd like to ask you that same question, "How's business?" This question is posed with a twist though. I'm not referring to how you make a living; I'm asking about how you make a life. Whether you know it or not, you're responsible to conduct business. In fact, you are called to be a businessman or a businesswoman. But your business may not be what you think it is. You've heard it said, "It's none of your business!" Well, in Rom 16, we see: God's work IS your business. Paul states that you are to be about the people business, the protection business, and the praise business.
1. We are in the people business (16:1-16, 21-23). Effective ministry begins and ends with people. This section rattles off a list of twenty-eight individuals that have directly or indirectly impacted Paul. The apostle begins with a commendation in 16:1-2 : "I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant [or "deacon" ] of the church which is at Cenchrea; that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of ...
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