· Purpose in coming together
o Help business people discover their purpose and call of God in marketplace.
o Stimulate advance and success in personal and business life.
· Attitude determines altitude – how you see something affects what you do.
· Must address and overcome wrong thinking – anti Bible – based on wrong concept.
o Separation of spiritual and natural
o Concept of church primarily operates within building
o Concept that people involved in businesses are less spiritual
o Concept that primary role of Christian businessmen is to fund Christians
· New Testament Ž Every believer is minister of God with unique call.
Marketplace = centre of business, education, government.
Traditional Concept of Jesus:
· Pictured as hostile to business and wealth.
· Pictured as monk more than manager.
Reality: Jesus was a businessman, a coach, a leader.
Jesus’ Birthplace – Marketplace:
· Luke 2:7 Jesus was born in a place of business – local inn.
· Luke 2:8-14 Angelic celebration – nearby feedlot for shepherds.
· Luke 2:15 Jesus’ first visitors – local small business owners –shepherds.
· Stable = equivalent of modern service station – fuel and parking.
· This was done to show God’s heart for marketplace – where sinners are.
· Age 12 – must be about My Father’s business.
Jesus in Business – Marketplace:
· Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary? – offended at Him!
· Tend to see Jesus as Teacher and King (Ruler) – difficult seeing as businessman.
· Jesus neighbors described Him: “The Carpenter” – offended because could not see local businessman as knowing spiritual things.
· Jesus taught carpentry from teens Ž 20 years in business.
· Jesus took over and operated Father’s business.
· Jesus a skilled craftsman with His own business – made tables, chairs, doors, yokes etc.
Jesus – Successful in Business:
- Professional carpenter – earned
a living from His business. Had to run shop at a profit.
- costs goods/labor
- supply and demand
- competitive pricing
- return on investment
- maintenance and replacement
- Called the “carpenters son” (Matthew 13:55) and “the carpenter” (Mark 6:3).
- As firstborn male – Jesus ran family, owned business.
- Family all had roles.
- Business able to support eight or more.
Jesus was thoroughly familiar with business life and spoke on it often.
- Construction Matthew 7:24
- Wine making Luke 5:37
- Farming Mark 4:2
- Management and labor Matthew 20:1
- Family owned businesses Matthew 21:28-31
- Hostile takeover of vineyard Luke 20:9
- Return on investment Matthew 25:14
- Crop yield Mark 13:27
- Management – promotion Luke 12:35
- Misuse of money – bankruptcy Luke 15:11
- Leverage Luke 16:1
Jesus – Business Miracles:
Many of Jesus’ miracles concerned everyday matters – cutting edge.
- Boys fishes/loaves – fed thousands Matthew 14:13
- Water into wine – solved catering problem John 2:10
- Huge catch of fish = insider trading profit for Peter Luke 5:1-14
- Advice to Peter paid tax bill of both Matthew 17:24-27
Jesus – Financing His Ministry:
Many people think of Jesus as broke – not true.
· Supported by group of wealthy women Luke 8:1-3
· Seamless tunic: modern equivalent of Armani suit
· Enough money needed for treasurer John 13:29
· Marketplace = where Jesus recruited His disciples (followers).
· 1 Corinthians 7:17 “As God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called everyone, so let him walk.”
· Do you have a job or a calling (invitation from God to fulfill purpose).
· Every believer has a “call of God” to serve Him uniquely.
· Called to: computer, car selling, capacity, police, and business.
· Example: Exodus 31:2 Bezaleel
· Call of God carries with it anointing – empowering to prosper.
· You don’t change job when become Christian – fulfill God’s purpose where you are in the front lines of business.
· God has a plan, a destiny, a purpose for you to fulfill.
· Personal response to Jesus Christ
· Commitment of life – including business to Lord