Work by Robert Rayburn

Work by Robert Rayburn

Sermons | June 4, 2006

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12, 1
Church: First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma


If Christians were created to work, if work is their calling in this world, is it justified for them to retire from their careers? Given that retirement is a relatively modern phenomenon, Christians should think carefully about this lifestyle choice in light of Scripture.

Sermons | May 28, 2006

Topics: Rest and Leisure
Church: First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma


We live in a culture that worships play, but many of us don’t think often or deeply enough about the topic of leisure. In this sermon, Rayburn reflects on how to approach leisure from a Biblical perspective, warning us about the love of pleasure and the power of pleasure to steal the heart away from the love of God.

Sermons | May 21, 2006

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6
Topics: Christianity & Culture
Church: First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

Partnership with Unbelievers

How does the warning against being unequally yoked with unbelievers apply to our lives in the workplace? Rayburn argues that, although there are practical concerns and potential pitfalls for Christians working in the “secular” realm, the Bible ultimately encourages us to faithfully engage with unbelievers in the public square, including the workplace.

Sermons | May 14, 2006

Topics: Overload and Burnout, Idolatry
Church: First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma


At what point does the time and attention devoted to our work exceed what is proper for God’s people? Although the Bible clearly instructs us to financially provide for our immediate family, Rayburn argues that such a command doesn’t justify the practice of neglecting our family in the process. Indeed, the Bible might require the faithful Christian to make various career sacrifices on behalf of their family’s good.

Sermons | March 26, 2006

Scripture: Genesis 1, 12, 2
Topics: Work in History, Theology of Work
Church: First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

Work: Series Introduction

Since we spend so much of our time and attention on our, we should think critically about its role in the Christian life. Robert Rayburn explains how believers should joyfully embrace the reality that work is God’s will for our lives. It’s what he created us to do, it’s a holy activity, it has a divine purpose, and it’s truly a divine calling.