In August-September 2013, the Toowoomba Community Baptist Church conducted a six week sermon series on the topic, Thank God It?s Monday (TGIM).
Our goal was to attack the sacred-secular divide ? the pervasive belief that there are some segments of life that are really important to God (prayer, church services, church-based activities) while others are not (work, school, university, sports, the arts, music, sleep, hobbies etc.)
Our contention is that this belief undermines the effectiveness of the church in witness and evangelism by ignoring the contexts where Christians spend most of their time; the places where they have most opportunity to be fruitful; but also the places where they often struggle to see the relevance of their faith.
Our desire was to encourage our congregation to see themselves as full-time Christian workers (FTCW) wherever God has placed them.? We called these places frontlines – places where a Christian spends the majority of their time outside the church where they are in contact with non-Christians.? We challenged our people to see themselves afresh as whole-life disciples.
Th e Thanks God It’s Monday TCBC Report?report documents our first tiny steps over a six week period on what we suspect will be an ongoing journey as we think through the implications of what it means not just for individuals but also the church as a whole to have a commitment to being whole-life disciples.
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