Work Transformed by the Gospel

Your Work Matters

Most Christians do not work in vocational ministry, which means that most Christians work in close proximity to those who do not know Christ. God still desires to use them for the glory of His name. What can believers do in order to have an effective gospel influence in their workplace? Greg Forster sits down with Mark Mellinger to discuss the purpose of work and what it means to engage our jobs in a manner transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mark Mellinger is the Indiana Public Affairs Director for Bott Radio Network and talk show host for 1090 Today, a radio program that showcases local ministries and encourages Christian living. Greg Forster is a Program Director at the Kern Family Foundation, where he directs the Oikonomia Network, a national learning community of evangelical seminaries that equips pastors with a theological understanding of faith, work, and economics. He is also the author of six books including, Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It.

What does a "gospel influence" look like for you in your workplace? What challenges have you faced in living out your Christian faith? In what ways have you experienced success?
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Greg keyed in on two ways to demonstrate a gospel influence with your work—honesty and attitude. How does an honest work ethic reveal a commitment to Christ? What are some ways you have been challenged in your honesty at work? What could an godly response communicate to your co-workers about your faith?
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In what ways does our attitude at work demonstrate our love for Christ? How would you characterize your attitude towards work? In light of this discussion, can you identify ways in which you may need to improve? If so, how?
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Philippians 2:14-15 (ESV)

14Do all things without grumbling or disputing,15that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Greg said, "Being free from fear and grudges are two of the key marks of a gospel-transformed person." Freedom from fear occurs because God becomes our security through Christ. In a similar way, the forgiveness we have through Jesus gives us freedom from the need to hold grudges. Together, they free us from resentment towards others and grumbling about our responsibilities.

How did Greg's statement strike you? How has fear and resentment influenced your outlook on work? If so, why? If not, why not? In what ways have you experienced God free you from them?
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Because God is sovereign over all, He cares about every arena of life—including the workplace. Our work matters to God, and influences our co-workers and those we serve through our contributions. How does this truth inform the ways in which you draw purpose from your work? How does it guide your work relationships? What can you do to to help others see their value as people as well as the work they contribute?
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Greg noted the importance of thoughtfulness when it comes to sharing the gospel verbally in the workplace. We must be shrewd to avoid making our co-workers feel as though they are salvation projects. What has been you experience with sharing the gospel in your workplace? How do you work to show your co-workers that you love them as fellow image bearers? What would it look like for you to be more intentional in the ways you share the gospel?
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Work is more than just a tool for evangelism. It is a place where both Christians and non-Christians come together each day to work towards the betterment of society. God cares about your work. He has you where you are purposefully in order to demonstrate your love for Him through both your words and your actions. Be encouraged by God's attention to your daily contributions and ask Him to provide you with love for your co-workers and opportunities to share with them the good news of Jesus Christ.

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