JON TYSON—PRAXIS SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR AND PASTOR OF CHURCH OF THE CITY NYC
Jon Tyson reminds us of the glorious purpose (and LIMITATIONS) OF OUR CREATIVE CALLING.
Entrepreneurs create and lead ventures with a view of how the world should be, and how their venture seeks to contribute to that change. Jon Tyson completes his talk from Session 1, explaining the rest of the biblical storyline—fall, redemption and restoration—in light of what faithful entrepreneurs should seek to bring about in the world. He shows that when we understand the full story of the Bible and renew our own hearts, we see that Jesus came to reclaim our authority and vision as image bearers to work for restoration in the world. That gives our work purpose: God is inviting us to change the world—or as Jon puts it, to "join him in the renewal of all things."
OPEN IN PRAYER
Re-CONNECT (10 min)
Last session, we talked about love as the alpha & omega of entrepreneurship. Our prototype was to try out a new way to love a person or group differently through our work. What did you learn? How did it go?
Watch (22 min)
REFLECT (3-5 MIN)
Spend a couple minutes in silence, praying and reflecting on the videos. Ask participants to jot down questions that were raised, significant points, where they felt encouraged or challenged by the Lord, Etc.
Discuss (50 Min)
1. Jon says, “From the very beginning, God had a plan of redemption. Jesus didn’t come to get God’s authority back; God never lost it. Jesus came to get our authority back that we had forfeited to the enemy.” Now Read Ephesians 4:1-16, which says that in His ascension Jesus is filling the world with Himself and His glory.
How do Jon's quote and this passage challenge your understanding of Jesus' purpose in His life, death, and resurrection? How might you approach your work differently as a result?
2. What are the dominant storylines of the “good life” in the company or sector in which you work? What parts of these storylines should be challenged in light of the gospel?
3. Jon says that "culture is religion externalized." Have you ever considered what the culture of your own heart is? Is it possible that what you create through your work says something about what you worship? How does that idea challenge you?
4. What single action or practice could make you more like the kind of person who's available to God in his plan to bring restoration in the world? What stands in the way of you taking that action or adopting that practice?
PROTOTYPE (3 min)
As you go through the week, ask yourself: "What is the culture of my own heart?" Be able to share with your group in the next session what you observed that intrigued or surprised or inspired you.
END IN PRAYER
FINISHED THIS SESSION?
PRAXIS FELLOWS CASE STUDIES:
Our community of practice contains a global portfolio of redemptive business & nonprofit ventures. Each week together as a group or separately at home, watch one or both of the following five-minute pitch videos. Discuss where you saw aspects of the week’s topic lived out in and/or through the venture.
Non-Profit Venture: Alter - Alter is a social venture on a mission to scale the entrepreneurial champions of the world's toughest places, such as Haiti, Myanmar and Afghanistan, to create jobs where they are needed most.
Business Venture: R | TRIBE - R|TRIBE is a smartphone app that provides an innovative, first-of-its-kind approach to recovery and accountability for addiction.
Watch this 10 minute talk by Andy Crouch on how to pursue “true transformation” in order to contribute to God’s redemptive project in the world and offer a cultural alternative.
The full 25 minute podcast version of Andy’s talk is located here.
James Davison Hunter, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, Essay III, Ch 6: "Toward a New City Commons"
Richard Mouw, When the Kings Come Marching In, "Introduction" and "Isaiah 60"
Timothy Keller and Katherine Alsdorf, Every Good Endeavor, Ch 9: "A New Story for Work"
Amy Sherman, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, Appendix A: Key Theological Themes Undergirding Vocational Stewardship (p 235-241)