The Life We Long to Live

2013 Work As Worship Conference

Tom Nelson serves as the Senior Pastor at Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas, and he is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work. In this 34-minute session from the 2013 Work as Worship Conference, he challenges the view that work is inconsequential to our spiritual life, and stresses work as part our calling as God's image bearers.

Why would a pastor write a book on work? Because work matters to God. As his image bearers, we carry an intrinsic desire to do significant, profitable work. 

Even though God has redeemed work, we still suffer the curse of tiring and difficult work. How do you see The Fall affecting your labor?
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How do you experience God's redeeming hand in your work? When does your labor feel most significant or cause you joy?
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Follow these links and study the two paintings that Tom discussed, which show different aspects of our Lord's life and ministry.

Which is more representative of your usual thoughts about the life of Jesus? why do you normally think of that part of his life over the other? What new thought or lesson are you considering now because of these paintings?
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2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

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.

In what part of your job do you feel the biggest drive toward excellence? How can you recreate this desire in other aspects of the work that God has given you?
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Tom said that our fulfillment of the Greatest Commandment will primarily occur in our work. How will you intentionally love others well in your vocation?
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God is a worker and the labor of our hands is pleasing to Him. After all, work was an integral part of Adam's life in the garden. Even though this world is corrupted by the Fall, God still makes all things new and redeems our vocations for His great glory. Think about God's hand on your work as you move to worship Him in it.