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A Biblical View of Work in Light of the Gospel
For many people, their job is merely “the daily grind” needed to provide for family or pay the bills. Yet our work is a vital means for fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives and displaying his grace to those around us. We bear God’s image in our workplaces, experiencing his blessings and expressing his nature through our efforts, integrity, creativity, generosity, and excellence. No earthly chore is without the opportunity to observe his divine hand. No challenge in task or relationship is without opportunity to represent God’s heart.
In this ebook, author and pastor Bryan Chapell shares this biblical perspective of vocation, explaining how God gives purpose to our work by making it an instrument of his grace to our own hearts, as well as a way of bringing his goodness and glory into our world. Chapell explains how we can worship God by our work, rising above drudgery, duty, or self-interest with the understanding that our jobs are unique callings for displaying God’s character and care. Our work is worship when we see the glory beyond the grind, the mission in the mundane, and the grace at work.
- Ideal for Christians in the Workplace: Contains encouragement for those looking for purpose in their jobs
- Biblically Grounded: Chapell teaches how the gospel blesses attitudes and responsibilities relating to success, creativity, money, integrity, leadership, and even sin in the workplace
- Kingdom Minded: Explains vocation in light of the grace Christ provides to and through his people for blessing our world and bringing him glory
“We need a lot more books on integrating faith and work, but not all teaching on this subject is of equal value. In particular, I’ve noticed over the years that a lot of such books tend to be intellectualistic, all about ‘applying biblical principles’ in a way that leaves out the changed heart that we need to glorify God in our work. That changed heart, with its reordered loves, comes from an application of the gospel of grace. Bryan Chapell as always is an expert on this subject. I’m grateful for this important contribution to the faith-and-work Christian movement.”
Tim Keller, Pastor Emeritus, Redeemer Church
“All too often, we think of God’s calling solely in terms of responding to a divine summons to pastoral ministry or missions. But in Grace at Work, Bryan Chapell does a masterful job of helping us understand the dignity and grace involved in serving in any role to which God has led and gifted us. The biblical concept of vocation is one that every believer should understand, as it opens the door to faithfulness and kingdom service in any job or profession. In this book, Chapell aids us in that understanding and helps us see how we can be part of God’s great mission no matter what our work.”
Michael Duduit, Editor, Preaching magazine; Dean of Clamp Divinity School, Anderson University
“Bryan Chapell handles a neglected subject, our daily work, with the lucid writing and pastoral heart we have all come to expect from him. I found my own discipling of others received a needed correction; it’s easy for ministry leaders to focus so much on our work on Sundays that we neglect our people’s work the rest of the week. Dr. Chapell rightly dignifies all work, out of the clear teaching of Scripture, yet also gently brings the gospel to bear on our failings in our work. I will be using this book to help the men and women under my care receive the encouragement and honor that they deserve as they get up on yet another Monday morning.”
Dane C. Ortlund, Senior Pastor, Naperville Presbyterian Church; author, Gentle and Lowly and Deeper
“I have known Bryan Chapell for over 30 years. I can count on one hand the people I know who exemplify wisdom, brilliance, trust, humility, leadership, and counsel, and Bryan is on that list. I'm honored to be his friend and endorse the vital lessons he teaches to countless others through his books and podcasts. Buckle your seatbelt as his ideas will challenge you as they have me, both in business and all walks of life.”
Benjamin F. (Tad) Edwards IV, Chairman and CEO, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.
“For anyone in the workplace looking for encouragement in these challenging times, I would highly recommend Grace at Work. A better understanding of God’s grace in us and through us in everyday life and work is clearly presented.”
AJ Rassi, retired officer, Caterpillar Inc.
“With characteristic clarity and honesty, Bryan Chapell has written a realistic, biblical, grace-driven guide to Christians who seek to be faithful and fruitful in their work. Punctuated with lively illustrations, this book nurtures the disciples’ hope of loving God and neighbor at work.”
Dan Doriani, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Covenant Seminary; Founder and Director, Center for Faith & Work St. Louis
“As a part of the 1% of the church who, according to Ephesians 2:14, is tasked to equip the 99 percent of you who are called to do your ministry in the workplace, I’m so excited for this book. There is indeed dignity, purpose, and grace as you exercise your God-given gifts for his glory in your occupation. God calls you to minister in your workplaces in ways that church ministers never could. Receive this high calling with heavenly joy! Play your indispensable part in the great commission!”
Michael Oh, CEO, Lausanne Movement
“Grace at Work is a gift to Christians needing Jesus’s assurance that their work matters. God has woven together Bryan Chapell’s work experience as a common laborer and hourly employee, his pastoral experience with farmers and CEOs, and his communication experience as a journalist and homiletics professor to produce an encouraging read for pastor and layman alike. This is a real masterpiece for the church!”
George W. Robertson, Senior Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tennessee
“Whether you are a preacher or a teacher, or whether you work with your hands or sit at a screen each day, your job matters. As a believer in Jesus, you have a vocation, a calling that can bring glory to God and good for others. In Grace at Work, my friend Bryan Chapell gives practical and encouraging wisdom to believers regarding our work—no matter our location or vocation.”
Ed Stetzer, Executive Director, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, Wheaton College
“With the right perspective, our seemingly mundane work from Monday to Friday can be filled with divine purpose and personal delight, whether you're a pastor or plumber, painter or programmer. Bryan Chapell reveals through this insightful and inspiring book that our work, seen through the lens of a God who creates and redeems all things with beauty, can actually demonstrate his own character and his care for those around us. In other words, our work can be worshipful and be a witness. So, if you're like me and you need the right paradigm to propel your daily work for God's glory and the good of those around you, read this book.”
Julius J. Kim, President, The Gospel Coalition