The Reformation Transformation

Not Just a Job Anymore


What kind of impact does our work have for the sake of God's Kingdom? That's the question that the great reformer, Martin Luther, set out to answer. In the following videos produced by the Made to Flourish network, Greg Forster, Tim Keller, and Al Mohler offer their perspectives on Martin Luther's influence of a Christian's view of work.

In this first video, Greg Forster, the Director of the Oikonomia Network, traces the historical impact of the Reformation theology of work.



 As the Reformation and, later, the Wesleyan movement began to reshape the Christian philosophy of work, the world began to prosper. At the heart of the transformation was the notion that work matters to God. 

The Reformation view of work argued that any and all work could be used to glorify God. How does your view of vocation fit with that statement? Can a nine-to-five be as valuable as a pulpit ministry?
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The explosive effect the Reformation and the Wesleyan movement had on the Western world meant that racial, cultural, and religious walls began to crumble. What kind of impact could your church have on the community if everyone viewed their work as an opportunity to serve others in the name of Jesus?
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The transformative theology of the Reformation changed the economy fundamentally, and altered society as a whole. When God's people decide together to do work well for the glory of God in service to His Kingdom, the world can and does change. 

 
God Works Through Farmers, Too


 Our work in the world grows out of God's own work in the world. In this next video, Tim Keller, Founding Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, unpacks Martin Luther's view of Providence. God's provision for the needs of the world happens not through miraculous intervention, but through the willing hands of His servants.



It's easy to think of full time ministry as God working through us to reach the world, but Luther took it one step farther. We join in God's providential work in the world by participating with Him in our daily jobs. God uses His people to demonstrate care and compassion across the planet. 

What kind of care and compassion do the people in your congregation give to the world just by working their day jobs? How can you equip them to show God's love in their workplaces?
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Tim points out that all good work is God's work. Does that change how you view the "secular" jobs of people in your congregation? If so, how?
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How can you take the truths that Martin Luther captured and teach them to your people this week?
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We are very familiar with God's redemptive work in the world—the gift of His Son, Jesus, and the work of the gospel through the church. But often, we forget that God providentially cares for the whole planet, and He does that through every-day workers. The people in your congregation participate with God in His work every day, and you can help the transform providential work into redemptive work. 

Put the Sacred in the Secular


 In this last video, Al Mohler, the President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, navigates the line between the sacred and the secular. We tend to keep the sacred holed up in church on Sundays, but what would it look like if the sacred invaded the secular?



The secular is distinct from the sacred. But Martin Luther's view of vocation (vocatsio) means that the church sits squarely in the middle of the secular world to extend God's influence into the darkness. It means that every member of the church has a part to play in society for the advancement of the gospel. Every single job—whether CEO or janitor—is a calling to serve God.

What is the typical view of secular work in your church? How does your congregation view their jobs?
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How does Luther's view of work change your view of discipleship? How can you lead the people in your church to see their secular jobs as callings to do God's work?
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 The Reformation changed both the sacred and the secular landscape, and it did that in part by transforming the Christian view of work. As you lead your church and disciple your congregation, focus them on the work that God can do through them as they diligently do their jobs.


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