In this brief study, we explore the Biblical basis of a theology of work. We examine critical Scriptural texts that helps us understand God's design for work and the basis of biblical vocation. Each study concludes with discussion questions, making this ideal for small groups.
The frequently quoted Tim Keller once said, "we often believe that the purpose of the Gospel is to clean up our religious life, but in fact the purpose of the Gospel is to make our whole lives religious." This study is about the pursuit of a Seamless Life in Christ. This is the kind of life that is consistent and coherent. A life that seeks a straight line between belief and behavior - of orthodoxy and "orthopraxy." It asks the question, "How does the Scriptures, particularly the Gospel of grace, shape every arena of our life; our belief, our behaviors and ultimately our affections?"
In essence, this is a study of the first two chapters of Genesis. The reason that we study the first chapters of Genesis is twofold. First, the first two chapters allow us to peek inside the world before sin. It gives us a glimpse of how life was - how life is supposed to be. It shows us how life can be. Secondly, we study Genesis 1-2 because in it are the formative truths that God taught his people as He was forming their new identity, as a new people with a new purpose. I’m no chef, but I know you can’t have cake without milk and flour. They are the main ingredients. The truths of Genesis 1 and 2 are the main ingredients of our identity and purpose.
This is a more extensive study, great for personal study or devotions, as well as with a small group. It combines a guide to study the Bible, deep questions for personal reflection, as well as discussion designed to cultivate greater intimacy among a small group of friends.