Title: “Good Work”
Text: Exodus 20, I Corinthians 7, Philippians 2
1. We’re exploring the concept of biblical work. What are the main kinds of work you do at this point in your life? Include both paid and volunteer work you’re active in.
2. Turn to Exodus 20. Though the Ten Commandments were written for the believers in Israel, in what ways are they also an excellent guide for society in general? How are commands one (v. 3) and four (vv. 8-10) especially relevant for helping us do truly good work? What about commands six through ten (vv. 13-17)? Give some positive examples from your own work experience.
3. Read Exodus 34:6 and Ephesians 5:1-2. How do these texts work together to make us transformative agents in the workplace? What does Philippians 2:3-4 add to that equation of workplace blessing? Why does humility make such a positive impact on others in a work environment? Recall the story Andy told about the crab fishermen. What can we learn from that as we work with others?
4. In I Corinthians 7, Paul speaks to slaves to teach them about both a simultaneous pursuit of satisfaction and contentment in our work. What does that look like for you?