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Word, through unceasing prayer, and ■through Christian service. III. NEW JOBS (v. 28). 1. New jobs in Christ’s day. (Note Christ’s answer as to the first “work,” t h a t of simple acceptance of His a. In the service of the United States: the Army, the Navy, and Marines. b. National defense jobs: Airplane manufacturing, construction wo r k , ‘ educational work, or farming. IV. THE LORD’S WORK IN OUR DAY (v. 29). The whole question of capital and labor is summed up in verse 29. 1. All work, whether that of labor or capital, is perishable," unless the individual workers believe in Jesus Christ as Saviour. Saving faith in the Son of God is the corner stone of all abiding “work.” No Christ-rejecting soul can do work that is pleasing unto the Lord. The Lord here points to faith as the only “work” to be done. This is the work of God because (1) God demands it; (2) God gives it; (3) God approves it—“without faith it is impossible to please him” (Heb. 11:6), and (4) all other works are acceptable oiuy wnen done in faith. “Faith is the life of works; works are the necessity of faith.” 2. Some suggestions for doing the Lord’s work in this dark day. a. Men in the Army or the Navy have great opportunities to testify for Christ. They can do this by becoming strqng in the faith, by the reading of God’s Word, and by a yielded prayer life. They will find opportunities to give out tracts, to speak to some homesick boy among t h e i r fellow soldiers about Christ, and to urge men to accept Him as their Saviour. b. Then there are many similar opportunities in our great industries, especially those which produce for national defense. Illustration I should like to give a personal tes timony of how the Lord opened a great door of service for me at the Douglas Aircraft Company g f Santa Monica, California. The church of which I am pastor is only five blocks from the plant. I felt a great burden for the 25,000 employed at this fac tory. My thought was that in such a. huge plant there are many spiritual problems and needs, and that if the Army and Navy needed a Chaplain, why should not an industrial army of 25,000 or more need one, too? It was a pioneering venture, but I was ap pointed. Now I spend about fotir days a week with this company, calling on the absentees. Sometimes I am called to the deathbed of an employee; some- work for men at Calvary.) 2. New jobs in our day.
May 3—PETES F. WALL
As pastor of the Immanuel Bible Church, Santa Monica, Calif., organized in March of 1941 in a wholly unchurched residential district near the Douglas Aircraft Company’s factory at Santa Monica, Calif., Mr. Wall has found a “new” opening for Christian work among men newly employed. Mr. Wall was graduated from Biola in 1921 and has served in various pastorates and in Bible club work among university students. Miss Hart (Biola ’38) is a senior at the University of California at Los Angeles, and has been active in the Koinonia Bible Club work at the university. She is choir director and sponsor of the high school Christian Endeavor Society at the Westlake Calvary Church, Los Angeles, Calif. Following his pioneer service in the Sudan as a missionary of the United Presbyterian Church, Dr. McCreery taught at the Moody Bible Institute, and later was Dean of the Faculty of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. At present he is Professor of New Testa ment Greek at Westmont College, Los Angeles, Calif. • For a number of years since his return from North China, Dr. Canfield (Biola ’18) has served as District Secretary of the China Inland Mission for the Pacific Southwest area. May 31—MARY R. MORROW ■ As a missionary of the Kentucky Mountain Mission at Hot Spot, Ky., Miss Morrow (Biola ’35) serves primarily among children and young people in regions where gospel work has been a com paratively recent development. May 10—MARGARET J. HART May 17—ELBERT L. McCREERY May 24—FORD L. CANFIELD
MAY 3, 1942 N EW JOBS IN A NEW D A Y J o h n 6:27-29 By Peter F. Wall Introduction On the day before this discourse, our Lord fed the five thousand with five loaves and two fishes. Many had seen the disciples embark in their ships, and they knew that the Lord Jesus remained behind (v. 22). Curios ity brought them to Capernaum, “ seeking for Jesus” (v. 24). But the Lord Jesus Christ strongly rebuked the curious for misappropriat ing His blessings. He had fed them with earthly bread so that they might go home and tell others about Christ, the heavenly Bread. But they had dis sipated that strength to gratify their curiosity, in coming to Him and look ing for more signs (v. 30).
1. Labor enjoined. It is the object of labor that is emphasized. »Idleness is forbidden in the Word of God. Read Genesis 3:19; Proverbs 6:6-11; 24:30- 34; 2 Thessalonians 3:10. 2. Fruitless labor, i.e., work which has no eternal value, is w a r n e d against. II. FRUITFUL LABOR (v. 27). Labor “for that meat which endur- eth unto everlasting life.” 1. This does not mean that we can earn our salvation. The Son of man gives it to us (v. 27; cf. Eph. 2:8, 9; Rom. 6:23). 2. As Christians, however, we are to be of service. a. We are to work physically (1 Thess. 4:11). b. We are to work spiritually. No mere passive acceptance of Christ is sufficient. We grow in our ¡spiritual natures through sincere and constant effort, through the study of God’s
For Those Who Have Topics I. FRUITLESS LABOR (v. 27).
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