When Faith Meets Work

Created for Work

The work world and the church world rarely collide. But God created and equipped us for work. What does it mean to be a Christian in the workplace? Christian business leaders Bethany Jenkins, Katherine Alsdorf, and Carolyn McCulley sit down to discuss how God created us to work. They see no division between the secular and the sacred, so our faith should seep into every aspect of our lives, including work.

Bethany Jenkins serves as Director of The Gospel Coalition's Every Square Inch, the Director of Vocational & Career Development at The King's College and Founder of The Park Forum. Katherine Alsdorf is the the Senior Fellow of the Faith, Work, & Leadership Initiative at Redeemer City to City where she provides consulting and develops resources to help churches equip people for cultural leadership. Carolyn McCulley is a speaker, filmmaker, and author of three books including The Measure of Success

We see in the opening pages of Scripture that God designed us for work. We can find joy and fulfillment in our work, but God should be our ultimate source of fulfillment. We shouldn’t separate our faith and work, because through our work we honor God and love others. 

How does Genesis 1 and 2 introduce us to work? What stood out to you about God’s purposes for us in giving us work? Why?
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What work do you do? Does your faith impact your work? If so, how? If not, why not? What opportunities do you have to show the love of Christ to your coworkers, further the gospel, and honor God with your work?
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How have you seen God shape you through your work? What lessons have you learned throughout your career that shaped your faith?
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In what ways does the brokenness of this world infiltrate your workplace? How could your faith in God bring hope to the brokenness you see at work?
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How could you glorify God in your workplace this week? In what ways could you talk about Jesus, serve your coworkers, or respect your boss to display the gospel at work?
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In our work, we have hope. God designed us for work and one day, we will see our work redeemed. Hope in the new heaven and new earth where we will have good work to do for all eternity. Praise God for the work He’s given you to do now and ask for wisdom as you seek to honor Him in your workplace.  

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