Deep Six Study and Daily Devotional
Every preacher's dream is to see the truth he preaches lived out in the lives of those he preaches to and certainly this is as it should be. This dream is rooted in our Heavenly Father's desire that there would never be unlived truth in the lives of His people. Our church is dedicated to the purpose of helping people Live Fully, and one way we do that is to encourage a deeper study of the truth they hear on Sundays throughout the other six days of the week. Accordingly, each week we provide (1) the Deep Six Study and (2) the Daily Devotional.
(1) Deep Six Study - accessed via "Discussion Notes" button located under the video message on the "Watch" page of the website. Printed copies also available at the Connect Desk in the church lobby. Note: the Deep Six Study is being done by Tom Main and is posted below.
(2) Daily Devotional - The Devotionals are done by Ken Hart and are available online Monday through Saturday on a daily basis at www.capecodchurch.com/daily or the "Daily Devotional" button at the bottom of the "Home" page. The devotions build on and expand from the Sunday message. It is our desire, our hope, and our prayer for this devotional section to be a useful Spiritual Life tool that our church family can benefit from throughout the year. Each day's devotional will typically consist of Scripture connected with the message, a commentary, and a prayer response. We trust the Daily Devotional will assist you as you seek to live out the truth of God's word on a daily basis.
DEEP SIX STUDY
September 20th, 2015
Common Sense Academy – “Wisdom and Work”
This week we tackle the wisdom of work. Proverbs overflows with direction for how we can wisely
and successfully approach work. We’ll look at 4 common-sense reminders that can be used for
judging whether we are working as God would have us work – and to help us avoid having our work
end in futile frustration.
Reminder #1 – Plan Your Work (Proverbs 21:5a, 6:6-18)
When we procrastinate and fail to plan for the future, we end up spending all of our efforts
and energy on the “emergency of the moment.”
Good planning in the present is motivated by a good vision for the future.
Real plans require timelines, milestones, and deadlines; otherwise they’re just dreams.
Reminder #2 – Be An Obstacle Overcomer (Proverbs 21:5a, 21:25, 26:13-15)
There is always at least one – and usually many – obstacles to achieving our goals. The key is
pushing through and overcoming them.
Laziness leads to shortcuts (compromise). Don’t shop for your dream at a “convenience
store” – you’ll get too little and pay way too much in the end.
If we have a solid vision and are working our plan to get there, then obstacles are no surprise
– they’re just things to work through on the way to our goals.
Reminder #3 – Take the Long View (Proverbs 21:5b, 13:11)
Like money, our work benefits from the “compounding value of time.” Don’t miss that; even
when you don’t see the results you expect right away, stick to you plan and be persistent.
Today matters! Taking the first step – or the next step – toward your goal is the most
important thing you can do with your work today.
Reminder #4 – Value Integrity (Proverbs 21:6, 22:28-29)
You cannot get to the right goal the wrong way, because the goal you’re working for isn’t the
real reward – the reward is actually the work itself.
God created us to work and to be creative; we reflect a little bit of God’s glory and character
when we work with integrity.
How we work should be a witness to others of who we are in Christ.
Point #1 – Exodus 20:9-10a; Proverbs 16:3; Jeremiah 29:11
Point #2 – Proverbs 16:26, 12:24, 13:4, 14:23; 2 Corinthians 6:4
Point #3 – Proverbs 21:21; Luke 11:9-10; Hebrews 10:36
Point #4 – Proverbs 16:8, 22:1; Colossians 3:23-24; Ephesians 6:7-8
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION
1. Work plays a part in all of our lives, whether it be full/part-time paid work, volunteer work, or fulltime
(plus!) work keeping a home and family going. How do you view your current work: (1) as a
“necessary evil,” (2) as the source of your fulfillment, or (3) as “just something you do?” Explain.
2. Do you struggle with procrastination and/or with planning for your future? Why do you think that
is? What negative effects has procrastination or lack of planning had in your life to date?
3. Describe a goal or vision you’ve pursued that encountered obstacles you had to overcome as you
pursued it. Did the obstacles surprise you? How were you able to overcome them?
4. As Pastor Ben asked, “What one thing could you do today, that if you did it [daily] 1000 times it
would make a huge difference in your life?” What’s keeping you from doing it?
5. Read Proverbs 13:11. We’ve all heard of real-life cases (lottery winners, especially) where easilygained
wealth disappears almost as quickly as it came. Why do you think that is? Conversely,
why do you think the Scriptures put such a high value on persistence (“the long view”)?
6. Do you agree that “the reward [of your work] is actually the work itself?” Why or why not? How
does your answer square with your answer to Question #1?
Posted on Sun, September 20, 2015
by Alan Porter