Foretaste of the Kingdom

2014 Redeeming Work Conference - Denver

Why should Christians integrate their faith and work? In this 38-minute session from the 2014 Redeeming Work Conference in Denver, Amy Sherman explains how a strong theology of work can advance the kingdom of God.

Dr. Amy Sherman is a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research and the author of over 75 articles and six books including Kingdom Calling.  

Amy explained why teaching a strong theology of work is important:

  1. Discipleship is more effective. 
  2. Young adults are more likely to stay in the church.
  3. People see their work as integral, not incidental to the mission of God. 

What work situations have your pastors helped you navigate or discern through teaching or discipleship? Do you feel affirmed and supported in your work at church? Why or why not?
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The culture understands work as either the most important thing or a curse. How do you resist these messages? What motivates you to work?
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Amy explained that we are called to live out vocational stewardship, which she defines as, “the strategic and intentional deployment of all the dimensions of our vocation—power, knowledge, platforms, position, networks, reputations, influence, skills—to advance foretastes of the kingdom of God.” 

What dimensions of your vocation can you steward to meet a need and bring a foretaste of the kingdom to earth? How did the real examples that Amy shared encourage you or spark your creativity?
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Amy said, “When Jesus was performing miracles, they were not only individual acts of benevolence toward people who were sick, they were more. They were signs and demonstrations of the in-breaking of the kingdom of God.”

May we live as vocational stewards passionate about giving the world a glimpse at the glory to come. 

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