The Gospel and Your Work
Review: Before we begin this discussion, it will be good to look back at some of the things we've talked about to this point.
God's plan of redemption is to reorder that was unordered in the Fall. The aim of the gospel is the souls of men and women. The scope of the gospel is all of creation.
The Gospel restores estranged sinners to a holy God; renews fallen image-bearers to renewed images of Christ. It ultimately restores all of Creation- making it how it was; how things ought to be.
Since the goal of Gospel is to restore fallen image bearers, then the Gospel is transformatiive in every area of life.
Our work is important for many different reasons. God works in his acts of creation, sustaining and redemption. As his image-bearers, we are his agents of sustaining and redeeming.
Though God is free to work outside of us, and often does, His normative means of sustaining and redeeming is through us. He placed Adam and Eve into the garden to work and keep it. We are the stewards, curators and cultivators of society. He has placed us in a place of great honor. All honest work is bestowed with great dignity.
The fallen world has distorted the purposes of work. The world tells us that work is a the way of getting, but the Biblical view of work-regardless of what kind of work it is- is more about giving and serving.
God has ordered life to function in a rhythm of work and rest. This demonstrates the dignity of work, while keeping work in its good and rightful place. Work is good, but not ultimate. God alone is the source of our safety, status, significance and satisfaction.
The Sabbath is a gracious gift and our weekly "Gospel Drama" where we are called to rest in Christ and in not in our own abilities, resources or power.
Work is a primary way that we create and cultivate culture. We affect culture through our countenance, character, craft and community.
A Seamless Life attempts to seek Christ in every life with a coherent faith that shapes every arena of life. The source of fruitfulness in every area of life is abiding in Christ and dieing to self to serve others.
1) To this point in the study, what is something that may be new to you or haven't thought much about before?
2) If you were to summarize one major take away or application for you life and work, what would it be?
3) Who are the people in your life that most model a Seamless Life and a healthy approach to work? Why did you choose them?
4) If you could go back to give advice to the 18 year old you, what would you tell them?
5) Share one prayer request with the group about your work.
6) Pray for one another.