Theology of Work - Lesson 8


Gerry Breshears
Theology of Work
Lesson 8
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Lesson 8 - Work


  1. Created to be Co-workers with God

Adam and Eve:  Work in Genesis 1-2


  1. Work and Retirement

Common definition of work:  What you do to earn money, so you can do what you want to do.


  1. The Purpose of Work

The gracious expression of the creative energy of the Lord, in the service of others, to create shalom

     1 Thessalonians 4:9-11


  1. Working with God

1 Samuel 16:  The Battle is the Lord’s

The Lord’s Prayer


  1. Work as a Spiritual Discipline


  1. The Purpose of Business

Business exists in society in order to provide a platform where people can express aspects of their God given identity through meaningful and creative work and to provide goods and services to a community to enable it to flourish.

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We are created in God's image and God invites us to be co-workers with him. By developing and using the spiritual gifts God has given us, the tasks we perform when we work have eternal significance in themselves. We also have opportunities to interact with our co-workers, promote justice and enjoy times of rest.

So what is God calling you to do? Is his calling only for pastors and “professional ministers” or is it something that applies to all of his people? Dr. Gerry Breshears, professor of systematic theology at Western Seminary, explores key questions such as who God is, what he has created people to be, how being the image of God affects the way we approach work, and what is the role of spiritual gifts in our job. This course will expand your vision of what work is all about, as you come to see yourself as God’s co-worker and representative.

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