The Gospel-Centered Life at Work (Participant's Guide)
“Many of the Christians I encounter every day are struggling to find real meaning in their work. Without a gospel lens, work either becomes a necessary evil or an all-consuming idol. Rob provides the gospel lens so desperately needed today. If you want to see your life and work as Jesus sees it, pick up this book and read. You will find it a paradigm-shifting experience that will nourish your soul!”See All
Rev. Jeff Gissing
Director of Discipleship at the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA; teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church
“Here is a timely and thoughtful study of work as a sacred calling. Rob Alexander has put together a deeply provocative and unfailingly practical guide for the Christian community to think anew about the meaning of discipleship in the workplace. There is so much to ponder in these pages!”See All
Dr. Van Weigel
Professor of Ethics and Economic Development,Eastern University,St. Davids, PA
“Martin Luther King, Jr. said, All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Yet, we often dont think imaginatively enough about how our everyday work serves others. In this helpful guidebook, Rob invites leaderswhether in the home or in the marketplaceto explore a biblical understanding of work that changes both us and the communities of which we are a part.”See All
Director, Center for Integrity in Business, Seattle Pacific University
“Gods purpose involves us being at work in this worlda vocation, a calling. Rob Alexander says work is one of the primary ways we respond to God in gratitude for all He has done in Christ. He includes exercises and excellent discussion questions to help Christians in the working world.”See All
Campus Minister, University of Delaware; author of Tell the Truth
“Too many Christians see their daily work as something separate from their faith, except for their opportunity to share faith. Rob Alexander, in his thoughtful and challenging book The Gospel-Centered Life at Work, helps us see that our work is important to God. Even in the tough times at work, God is at work in and through us. This is an important contribution to the life of any Christian.”See All
Executive in Residence, School of Business and Economics, Seattle Pacific University; co-chair, Theology of Work Project (www.theologyofwork.org)
“Rob has done an excellent job of releasing the power of the Gospel in our everyday work life. Whether you are a lifelong Christian or new to the faith, this book is a must read. As a business owner, this study guide has reshaped me as an employer, service provider, husband, and father to try to become Christs ambassador in all that I do.”See All
PharmD, CEO, Marley Drug, Inc.
“One of the churchs great lapses in judgment has been the neglect or disregard of works importance to spiritual formation. Rob Alexanders experience in business and church leadership gives him a unique ability to address this hole in discipleship and help men and women discover the transforming power of the gospel in their lives and daily work.”See All
Executive Director, Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University; co-author of Workplace Grace
“The Gospel-Centered Life At Work is a fresh take on the challenge to integrate our faith and work. Rob Alexanders dual experience of (1) life in the workplace trenches and (2) life in the pastoral ministries of the church give him a rare capacity to prepare this study. His passion for the Word of God and for the world of work are infectious. What the marketplace needs is not just condemnation and criticism but the kind of life-giving Gospel served up in this volume.”See All
David W. Gill
PhD, Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics; director, Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; author of Its About Excellence and Doing Right
“Alexander rightly redefines our understanding of work as a meaningful vocation in partnership with God, which God uses to advance his kingdom and to make us more like himself. Churches nurtured on this engaging and insightful study and its gospel-centered principles will become agents of Gods love and redemption in places and in ways they never thought possible.”See All
Dr. Catherine L. McDowell
Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte
“Following in the footsteps of The Gospel-Centered Life, Rob Alexander has written a wonderful small group study on work, which is highly applicable regardless of whether our work happens in the office, on the road, at school, or in our home. Using clear examples, accessible language, and important biblical lessons, Alexander forcefully illustrates the ways that God can use our work to shape us as Christians while also using us to shape our workplace.”See All
Dr. Christian B. Miller
Director of the Character Project; professor of philosophy, Wake Forest University
“Congregations need The Gospel-Centered Life at Work! Too often our approach to living out the Christian faith in our work life is rules-based, just emphasizes being a good person, or concentrates on the workplace as mission field. A gospel-centered work life is so much more profound and nuanced than that. This study opens our eyes to see God at work refining us and opportunities for God to be at work through us. Our work can become a vocation in response to what Christ has done for us!”See All
Katherine Leary Alsdorf
Redeemer City to Citys Faith, Work and Leadership Initiative
“This is an incredibly important guide. I know of no other book that so fully incorporates the meaning of the Gospel and of our work and what it means for my life as a Christ follower in the marketplace. It is equal parts illuminating, practical, inspiring, and encouraging. In the truest sense of the word rich, I am a richer man for having read it. I will recommend it to all that I come across.”See All
Henry R. Kaestner
Managing Principal, Sovereign's Capital; co-founder and chairman, Bandwidth.com
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If you asked a dozen Christians why their work matters, you’d probably get a dozen different answers. Whether paid or unpaid, skilled or menial—each of us longs to find meaning in what we do from day to day. Can the gospel really help us in our quest?
The Gospel-Centered Life at Work invites CEOs and homeschooling parents, doctors and plumbers, white, blue and pink collar-workers to sit down and discuss our work as a common call to follow Jesus in all of life. Whether we struggle with complaining at work, defensiveness, fearing the future, frustration, or troubling ethical decisions—work brings challenges to each of us that we cannot handle apart from Christ. The Gospel-Centered Life at Work shows us how to turn to Jesus in repentance and faith and to both work and rest in Him.
The 10 lessons in this small group study help participants to build a bridge from personal faith to the difficulties and drudgeries of the daily grind. Each lesson in The Gospel-Centered Life at Work is self-contained, featuring clear teaching from Scripture, and requires no extra work outside of the group setting. The self-explanatory Leader’s Guide helps small group leaders with discussion questions and background material that clearly explain and apply the gospel truths from each lesson.