God and Vocation: How Faith Affects All We Do In Life
It is easy for Christians to wonder about the value of what they do. Wasn't work cursed by God in the Old Testament? Doesn't the New Testament place faith and works in opposition to each other? And yet God's people are also regularly encouraged to "do good" and to "good works" in the Bible. And of course there's the "Protestant work ethic," which reminds us of the high place of work in some Christian traditions. So what are we to do with human doing? This class will seek to address that question, beginning with God's purposes in creation for human doing, continuing with the corruption of human doing in the fall (and in Israel's experience under the law), and concluding with the fulfillment of human doing in Christ and His church. Throughout the class we will pose the most important question of all: How can we reject our own works as a means of salvation while never failing to embrace our role as agents of God's goodness in the world? This class will have implications for all we "do" in the world in its various spheres: family, church, job and community.
Note: due to technical issues, audio for class 3 can be found at the Fall 2016 class site.