A Biblical Theology of Work

New Philly Hongdae
Preached by Christian Lee on November 23, 2014, Sunday.
Duration: 69 minutes (audio)
Part 1 of the Wisdom with Work sermon series.

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Discussion Questions

CG leaders: Do not skip any questions for this week’s CG.

Working 9 to 5

  1. Pastor Christian mentions the myth of the secular and sacred call (from the book The Call by Os Guinness). Have someone explain what it is in their own words. How do you think this myth affects the church?
  2. Read Genesis 2:1-2, 1:28, and Exodus 20:8-10. How do these verses shape our theology of work?
  3. Open up and share about your job history (if you have not held any jobs, share about your education history). What was your attitude and heart toward work/studies in previous seasons?
  4. What do you think of the following quote?
    “Work is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or it should be, the full expression of the worker’s faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental, and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God.” -Dorothy Sayers

    Being Swept Up in the Flow

  6. In your own opinion, what are some strengths that you possess? For those who’ve taken the Strength Finders test, share one or two strengths from your profile and elaborate.
  7. People most passionate about their work don’t do it for money or fame, they do it for “flow.” When Christians are swept up in flow and are immersed in a significant and challenging task, we experience the Spirit of God overflowing like a river. Describe a time when you experienced flow with God at work.
  8. Read this quote together:
    “When you arise reluctantly in the morning, think like this: ‘I arise to accomplish a human task. Should I then complain, when I am about to do that for which I was born, and for which I was placed on earth? Or was I created to pamper myself under blankets, even if that is more pleasant. Were you born, then, to enjoy and, generally to feel, but not to act? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants, the spiders, the bees who all perform their own tasks and in their own way helping to let the cosmos function? Don’t you then want to do your work as a human? Don’t you hasten to do what is befitting your nature? -Marcus Aurelius

Homework (highly recommended for anyone aspiring to greater leadership)

  • Take the Strength Finders test (select the “Top 5 Strengths Access” which costs $9.99). If you already took it, review your strengths profile this week and consider how you can add greater value at your workplace by leveraging your strengths.


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