Every Assignment Has Value

New Philly Hongdae
Preached by Christian Lee on November 30, 2014, Sunday.
Duration: 65 minutes (audio)
Part 2 of the Wisdom with Work sermon series.


NP Hongdae

 

Discussion Questions

 
Working for the Lord

  1. Read Colossians 3:22-24. How did this passage challenge your perspective toward work?
  2. Pastor Christian preached that we are the ones who make our work significant, not the other way around. The gospel teaches us not to derive value from work but that our value is in Christ and value should overflow into the work we do, no matter how mundane or insignificant. What are the pitfalls Christians can fall into when the gospel fails to renew our perspective toward work?
  3. In the book Habits of the Heart by sociologist Robert Bellah, the author describes three orientations that people have toward work. Which have you embraced the most in your previous job(s) and what were the effects of your orientation?
    1. Work as a job. It’s all about the paycheck.
    2. Work as a career. It’s all about status.
    3. Work as a calling. It’s all about what the ‘Caller’ has set apart for me.
  4. Many Christians today teach the principle that we ought to put God first, family second, and work third. How did Pastor Christian address this principle and what were your thoughts on the matter?
  5.  
    Jesus is Our Supervisor

  6. Read Matthew 25:14-29 aloud. What implications does this parable have toward work?
  7. What are your thoughts regarding this quote?
    “All human work, however complicated or simple, is made possible by the operation of the Spirit of God in the working person; and all work whose nature and results reflect the values of the new creation is accomplished under the instruction and inspiration of the Spirit of God.” -Miroslav Volf

  8. Pastor Christian said in a previous sermon (Expanding the Path to Spiritual Formation) that God is more interested in who you are becoming than what you can do for him. But it must be added that who we are becoming is greatly shaped by how we steward work assignments. God uses faithfulness in small work assignments to qualify us for bigger ones (i.e. Joseph, Rebekah). How are you stewarding your current work assignment (or transition period) and do you find yourself making connections between your spiritual formation and work?

 
Homework

  • Memorize Colossians 3:22-24. At work this week (or in your job search or transition period), take a ten minute break each day to ask God to give you strength and success at work, to fill you with His Spirit, to see work as a calling, and to rejoice in your current assignment.

 

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