MOST OF US SPEND OVER HALF OUR LIVES AT WORK
Whatever it is you fill the 9–5 with—planting crops, building cars, taking care of patients, teaching students, running a business—work is where we spend most of our waking hours.
We often forget to connect our faith to our work. We don’t consider the reasons God may have us at our job. We don’t think about the purpose and meaning we could bring to our work. We simply focus on how it makes us feel.
But what if we saw our work as an opportunity to worship?
In three inspiring video Bible study sessions, you will learn about ministry in the marketplace. You work where you do because God put you there. Want to learn more?
- 3 Sessions @ Jeremiah’s Coffee House
- Saturdays, April 6, 13, & 20 @ 9:00 a.m.
- More info: 740-373-3757 – email@example.com – RSVP
What IS Marketplace Ministry?
The simplest definition is to be a disciple and witness for Christ in and through your work or business. There are two important elements of this: 1) bringing Christian values of honesty, integrity, and industry to the workplace through your work. And 2) bearing witness to the reality of Jesus Christ in the world.
Engaging in Christian values in business sounds just like a description of the daily life of a normal Christian. That’s right, taking your faith seriously should look exactly like what you do with your faith when you are in church or interacting with others outside of work.
Why Is It Important?
There are many reasons why Christ’s involvement in the marketplace is important. First of all, in the secular marketplace, the people you work with will benefit from your witness, your practice of Christian values at work. You will interact with many people who will never darken the door of a church. Because they are on their own turf in the marketplace, they are relaxed and not on guard like they would be if you brought them into a church setting.
Not only are they more comfortable at work, but because of your relationship with them, you can have more initial influence on them than your pastor can. They know and trust you. They feel it is the pastor’s “job” to push them toward God. With you, it is different in their eyes. With you it’s personal and real.
Evangelism works best when Christians live out their Christian values in public, for the good of all. Then, when someone asks you why you are different than other people, you can answer their question. But until they ask the question, the answer (Jesus) will mean nothing to them.
You are invited to watch a video presentation about work as worship and have a discussion over coffee about it.