The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs

The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs
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Traeger, Sebastian; Greg D. Gilbert

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Find God's vision for your job. Reclaim God's vision for your life.
Many Christian fall victim to one of two main problems when it comes to work: either they are idle in their work, or they have made an idol of it. Both of these mind-sets are deadly misunderstandings of how God intends for us to think about our employment.

In The Gospel at Work, Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert unpack the powerful ways in which the gospel can transform how we do what we do, releasing us from the cultural pressures of both an all-consuming devotion and a punch-in, punch-out mentality—in order to find the freedom of a work ethic rooted in serving Christ.

You'll find answers to some tough questions Christians in the workplace ask:

  • What factors should matter most in choosing a job?
  • What gospel principles should shape my thinking about how to treat my boss, my coworkers, and my employees?
  • Is full-time Christian work more valuable than my job?
  • Is it okay to be motivated by money?
  • How do I prioritize—or balance—work, family, and church responsibility?

Includes a Foreword by David Platt

Includes For Further Reflection questions at the end of each chapter

About the Authors

Sebastian Traeger has spent years starting and building various businesses. He has cofounded FiveStreet.com, a real estate technology company; Razoo.com, a crowd-funding site for causes; Christianity.com, a software and services company for Christian organizations; and Silas Partners, a web-consulting firm. Sebastian serves as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Nikki, have three children and love living just 6 blocks from the US Capitol.

Greg Gilbert is Senior Pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel?, What is the Mission of the Church?, and Preach: Theology Meets Practice. Greg lives in Louisville with his wife, Moriah, and their three children, Justin, Jack, and Juliet.

Book Details

160 Pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: January 2014
ISBN 10: 0310513979
ISBN 13: 9780310513971

I read every word of The Gospel at Work and loved it. I want to make this a basic staple in my discipling and get lots of copies. This provocative and practical book asks and answers the right questions in the right way. It will even help you know how to better pray—privately and publicly. Two of my favorite people have now produced one of my favorite books.
– Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks

Many Christians suffer from a basic inability to connect their work with the gospel. Now, along come Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert to provide Christians with clear arguments and a solid biblical foundation for rightly understanding our work and why it matters to God. The Gospel at Work will assist Christians in connecting the dots between work and the kingdom of Christ. For that reason, we should thank these colaborers for their good work in this important book.
– Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

Chock-full of insights and tips, The Gospel at Work is a helpful contribution to the vital recovery of the place of faith at work.
– Os Guinness, author, The Call

Everyone knows that work is both necessary and hard. But what about its meaning? Some think of work as merely a distraction from ministry; others, as a necessary evil to provide for higher ends; others still, a place where ultimate purpose and identity can be found. In The Gospel at Work you will find two careful and experienced guides—brothers whose wisdom and teaching I deeply respect—who know not only the right questions to ask but also where to find the life-giving answers.
– Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, The ESV Study Bible; coauthor, The Final Days of Jesus

Martin Luther was once approached by a man who announced he’d recently become a Christian. Wanting to serve the Lord, he asked Luther, “What should I do now?” Luther asked him, “What is your work now?” “I’m a shoe maker,” said the man. “Then make a good shoe, and sell it at a fair price,” replied Luther. In becoming a Christian, we don’t need to justify our calling in terms of its “spiritual” value or evangelistic usefulness. We simply exercise our calling with new God-glorifying motives, goals, and standards. Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert understand that one way we reflect our Creator is by being creative right where we are with the talents he has given us. Read this book. It will make you think and set you free.
– Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL; author, One-Way Love

The Gospel at Work is a great primer on putting our work in the perspective of our lives and God’s kingdom. In this book written by two ordinary Christian men who have lived the ups and downs of life and work, Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert have given deep thought, purpose, and context to the subject of work. An easy, instructional, and edifying read.
– Bob Doll, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management

The best advice I could give anyone is to read The Gospel at Work. It’s more than a book about finding purpose and meaning in our jobs; it’s a book about how to have success in life. Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert have done a masterful job of providing practical guidance on a question we’ve all asked at one time or another: “What is the point of work in a Christian’s life?” If you want to be successful in life and really enjoy the work you do, embrace the principles found here. This book is filled with countless gems of wisdom!
– Gloria S. Nelund, Chairman and CEO, TriLinc Global

The ideas in The Gospel at Work are not a theory for the authors but the reality in which they live. One writes as a businessman, the other as a pastor. Both wrestle faithfully with what the Bible teaches about our work, showing us the exciting possibilities when we see our world through God’s eyes.
– J.D. Greear, PhD, Pastor, Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, NC; author, Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart and Gospel

God made you and me to work. He gave us work as a means to love one another. Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert help us see this blessed vision of work and apply it in everyday life. Their great book will help me get up on Monday morning and thank God for the privilege.
– Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel at Work is a field guide for anyone who wants to seriously consider how to give glory to God through his or her job. Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert answer a series of questions about how faith and work intersect with sound biblical answers. You’ll be more equipped to live out the gospel in your career after reading this book.
– Dr. O. S. Hawkins, President and CEO, GuideStone Financial Resources

You work for the King, and that changes everything!” That is the basic argument for this much-needed, superbly written work on work. Our job is necessary, and it is also an opportunity to glorify God and advance the gospel. Thank you Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert, for writing a book that is long overdue.
– Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

Imagine sitting down with someone for a deeply wise, biblically faithful, and intensely practical conversation about your workplace and work. You’ll find that here. Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert combine real-world practicality and theological fidelity in this immensely pastoral book. After finishing it, I looked up and said to my wife, “Every Christian should read this book.”
– Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks; author, The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love

The Gospel at Work is a book by practitioners for practitioners. The combined business and pastoral perspectives of the authors make this a real “how to” narrative. Clearly defining our purposes for working while answering many of our key questions about our careers, Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert point us to a freedom that can only be provided by Christ.
– Lou Giuliano, Former Chairman, CEO, and President, ITT Industries; Cofounder, Workforce Ministries

This extraordinarily useful book will be of huge value to many Christians as they think about their work. The Gospel at Work is rooted in thorough and faithful biblical understanding and full of practical application. I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to consider seriously how God might use them in and through their work.
– William Taylor, Rector, St Helen’s Bishopsgate, London, England

I loved this book! Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert do a great job of exploring the why, how, what, and, mostly importantly, for whom of work. I’m thankful for the emphasis on the role of faithfulness. With this perspective I’m more freed up to be able to get rest in work rather than having to get rest from it.
– Henry Kaestner, Managing Principal, Sovereign’s Capital; Executive Chairman, Bandwidth.com

Work is about discipleship and worship. Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert understand this crucial aspect to a biblical understanding of work. In The Gospel at Work, they provide a timely blend of theory and practice. Their instruction is constantly aimed at seeing the gospel fleshed out in business offices, construction sites, restaurants, or wherever else readers are employed. The questions this book tackles prove that the authors are in touch with the common yet difficult questions that Christians wrestle with. Their answers are spot-on and will help bear spiritual fruit in the marketplace.
– Dan Dumas, Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY