How can a believer turn workdays into full-time service for God? Who better to serve as a coach or mentor than Daniel, who worked for decades in Babylon? A new 12-week course helps Christians in the work world discover why even Daniel’s pagan boss saw that he served God "continually” on the job.
The video in each lesson links to a chapter in the book, Job-Shadowing Daniel: Walking the Talk at Work, by Larry Peabody. Each chapter explores a question vital to those in the work world:
- Vision: how did seeing God’s Kingdom help Daniel resist the lures of the work world?
- Identity: how did Daniel maintain his true identity in an ungodly work setting?
- Separation: how did Daniel staying involved without becoming spiritually polluted?
- Ruling: what part did Daniel’s work play in God’s original commission to rule the earth?
- Integrity: why could Daniel’s enemies find no fault in the way he did his work?
- Community: how did Daniel serve other believers in his workplace?
- Respect: what did Daniel to do maintain fruitful relationships with pagan coworkers?
- Faith: how did Daniel stay true as a scattered believer far from temple or priest?
- Worship: what in Daniel’s example shows how to reunite worship with work?
- Discipline: how did his practice of spiritual disciplines help Daniel to finish well?
- Power: from what source did Daniel get his spiritual strength and stamina?
The material for this course includes:
- One copy of Job-Shadowing Daniel: Walking the Talk at Work
- Six DVDs, containing a dozen 30-minute videos—each corresponding to a chapter in the book. These videos of the book’s author, Larry Peabody, were filmed by Western Seminary before a live audience in Portland, Oregon.
- One CD with a 30-page leader’s guide that suggests how to incorporate the video segments and other teaching materials into small-group or class sessions.
In quantities of 10 or more, participant copies of Job-Shadowing Daniel are available from the publisher at a 50-percent discount.
By looking to Daniel as a workplace mentor, you can see that God calls people not only into church-related work but also into non-religious occupations. His experience will show you what "ministry” looks like in the context of the work world. Daniel's decisions display how to live by kingdom-of-God vision in the workplace. He demonstrates how knowing your identity produces stability under the pressures of the work world. And from Daniel, you can learn many secrets for staying spiritually strong in adverse conditions over the long haul.
Job-Shadowing Daniel: Walking the Talk at Work is a Scripture-based book. Modern examples from the workplace bridge the distance between today and Daniel's experiences in ancient Babylon.
The book naturally works as a study guide for use individually, by small groups, or in adult Christian education classes. Life-application questions conclude each chapter. R. Paul Stevens, author of THE OTHER SIX DAYS, says: "I wish every Christian working in the world, and every pastor, would read this book and gain this transformed and transformative vision."
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Shall I continue in "secular" work or quit my job and enter full-time Christian service?Serving Christ in the Workplace will help you with biblical insights for answering that question.
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For a free study guide (in PDF format) for the book, SERVING CHRIST IN THE WORKPLACE, choose from the following options:
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Chapter 1: No One Can Serve Two Masters—Escaping the sacred-versus-secular work trap.
Chapter 2: Assignment: Babylon—Accepting your mission to work in the world.
Chapter 3: Up on the Lampstand—Mirroring God in your work life.
Chapter 4: The Daily Grind—Welcoming workplace stress as spiritual formation.
Chapter 5: Trimming the Lamps—Building up fellow believers in your workplace network.
Chapter 6: Glowing without Glaring—Embodying gospel truth among unbelievers.
Chapter 7: Light Housekeeping—Offering your work itself as service to God and others.
Chapter 8: Secrets of a Light Heavyweight—Thriving spiritually in a worldly setting.
Chapter 9: The Added Things—Managing your earnings with Kingdom priorities.
Chapter 10: The Rest Areas—Resting: God's guardrail against burnout.
Chapter 11: The Church in the Workplace—Recognizing the body of Christ where you work.
Chapter 12: Wanted: Spiritual Grownups—Aiming for true spiritual maturity.
Sample: “Some people view their work in purely secular terms; work and God are mutually exclusive. Others have adopted what I call a Two-Story view, in which work has no intrinsic value. And others regard work as merely a platform for evangelism. As we'll see, these attitudes are sub-biblical; they are not completely at odds with Scripture, but they are not wholly in line with it either.”
Sample: “We are equipped for the kingdom in the furnace of life. It was no accident that Joseph was thrown down the pit; he was an informer and an opinionated prig (Gen. 37:2, 5-11). Being put in Pharaoh's prison was the appointed means of getting him into Pharaoh's court. Ministry came out of work, not work out of ministry. . . . God prepares us for kingdom work by what we learn in so-called secular work.”
Sample: “Satan wants to deceive you into thinking that the only reason you work is to earn a living. He wants you to think your life work is not a calling. . . . God is calling forth believers today to see their vocations as instruments of transformation.”
Sample: “When we are together in our various Christian gatherings and meetings, small or large, formal and informal, we have to be intentional about devising ways to help us see each person in their daily work as a missionary. This means that we . . . need to consciously practice bearing God's image by continually ‘naming' ourselves and our work as missionary. And if we are actually going to get beyond seeing work or the marketplace as a platform for ‘real' spiritual ministry, we will probably have to overdo this for a while.”
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