Theology of work course starts this weekend

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A two-part course starting this Sunday will shed light on the relationship between God and work -- as well as how believers can apply biblical principles on the subject.

Pastor John Fryters holds up a copy of his book God and Work: Theology of Work -- Marketplace Ministry 101 outside his home last May. Fryters will expand on themes from the book during his two-part Theology of Work course, which takes place over two consecutive Sundays on Jan. 12 and 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Canadian Revival Centre.

Local pastor John Fryters -- currently the director of the Centre for Excellence in International Development -- will teach both parts of the theology of work course, which is scheduled over two consecutive Sundays.

The free course is open to anyone and takes place on Jan. 12 and 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Canadian Revival Centre.

Fryters noted that the course expands upon many of the themes introduced in his recent book, God and Work: Theology of Work -- Marketplace Ministry 101.

“The book that I wrote was what I would call level 1 of this whole idea of God and work, and now we’re going into level 2,” Fryters said.

He added, “Level 1 was the biblical foundations of the whole concept of God and work and level 2 is the practical application of that -- how does that actually work in the real world?”

While the first half hour of Fryters’ presentation will summarize his “level 1” themes, the remainder will delve into a deeper exploration of God and work predicated upon the Christian belief in the Second Coming of Christ.

In the usual conception of the Second Coming, Christians believe that Jesus Christ will one day return to earth with the faithful to reign for 1,000 years.

“We call that the millennium reign of Christ,” Fryters noted. “So there’ll be around a thousand years that we will have to work with him and be co-labourers and co-workers with him, as the Scriptures say.”

The book that I wrote was what I would call level 1 of this whole idea of God and work, and now we’re going into level 2. John Fryters

The reign of God’s kingdom, as described by Fryters, also implies expanding that kingdom to non-believers.

“That means hard work,” he said. “That means actual work on the earth for a thousand years.”

In that sense, learning how to effectively spread the word of God is crucial -- and the main subject of the theology of work course.

One of the ways Fryters teaches Christians to do so is not to push one’s beliefs on others, but rather to be friendly and perform one’s own work to the best of his or her abilities.

The question of when to bring up Christian beliefs to others, he said, is a matter of learning how to “become attuned … to the spirit of God,” a key part of his lesson plan.

Attendance is required at both sessions of the course in order for participants to obtain their course certificate.

Those interested in attending should contact the Canadian Revival Centre at (306) 763-1314 for more information.

See also:

Minister's book explores the theology of work

Organizations: Canadian Revival Centre, Centre for Excellence, International Development

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