Study group focus questions by category:
How many hours do you spend at work and in work-related activities? To what extent is work the dominate activity in your life?
God designed us to work. How do the following action words from Genesis 1 and 2 be applied to your work today: rule over, subdue, work, take care of?
Read Ephesians 6:7 and Colossians 3:23–24. How would your work-life change if you began to see yourself as “working for the Lord, not for men?”
What are some ways you can affirm the good work of others at your place of employment, in your community, or within your family?
Read Genesis 1:26–28. Think about your life’s priorities and place them in one of the following three categories: God, family, and work.
Give examples of how our culture affirms workaholic behavior. When does a dedicated worker cross the line and become a workaholic at the expense of life’s other priorities?
Much of today’s culture ignores the God-connected spiritual aspect of human work. Have you ever bought in to the church-on-Sunday-work-on-Monday mind-set (i.e., separating your spiritual life from your work-life)?
Work has limits. What do you do in your times of rest and leisure? What are some things you can celebrate? What does it mean to include Jesus in your rest?
Read Proverbs 10:4. How have your diligence, persistence, and steady work ethic brought “wealth” into your life?
The Lord filled Bezalel with “the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.” Is there something in your job that you can ask the Holy Spirit to help you with?
Describe a “small” job you had in the past that prepared you for a bigger job to come.
Is there someone in your workplace with a “small” job and who gets little recognition? What can you do to affirm the good work of this person?
Jesus says in Matthew 25:23, “Well done good and faithful servant.” In what ways can Jesus say the same thing about you as a Christian in the workplace?
How is your work a blessing to others?
What does Jesus’s choice to be a carpenter tell you about his ministry?
Read Proverbs 14:23. What rewards are you enjoying today that are a direct result of your hard work? How does your work impact others in a positive way (e.g., your organization, coworkers, customers, family, community, etc.)?
Read Proverbs 10:6a. Give an example of when obeying God and doing the right thing paid off in a significant way. Describe a time when God surprised you with good news regarding your job or career.
Read Proverbs 12:26a. How do you be a Christian witness to all while still being “cautious in friendship?” Have you ever been asked to do something unethical at work? How did you handle it?
Read Ruth 2:12. God is omnipotent and benevolent. Give an example of a time when God worked behind the scenes and surprised you with something big.
How have you changed since the beginning of your career? Who are your role models? Who do you wish to emulate? Are you more like Jesus today than yesterday?
Moses says in Deuteronomy 6:14, “Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you.” What false gods in today’s workplace are trying to lure you away from Jesus and his teachings?
Describe a trial in your life when you were certain that, with Jesus’s help, everything was going to work out.
Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 6:18, “Be generous and willing to share.” What are some ways you can be generous to others at your place of employment?
Read Ecclesiastes 12:13. This is what King Solomon, the most successful man in the world, wants us to remember. What does “Fear God” mean to you?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:31b. What does it mean to glorify God in whatever you do?
Think of someone you know or someone on the national stage who excelled at their career yet failed God, family, or others. Are they a successful person?
Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is supreme.” What is wisdom? How does wisdom differ from knowledge? How is wisdom the extension of knowledge?
Like most of us, you have probably invested a lifetime in acquiring knowledge. What can you begin doing today to acquire more of God’s wisdom?
What does the phrase “freedom within limits” mean to you?
Read Isaiah 43:18–19. Are things from your past holding you back (e.g., the wrong people, old conflicts, prior mistakes)? What former things do you need to leave behind so you can begin experiencing a new and better life today?
Jesus says in John 5:41, “I do not accept praise from men.” Why should you be cautious about accepting too much praise from the world?
Give an example of how God prepared you in advance before giving you the opportunity to do a greater work at a later date.
In Samuel 14:1–15 Jonathan and his armor-bearer took action while Saul and his six hundred men sat and did nothing. Are you facing a challenge at work where the odds are against you? If so, how do you plan to address this challenge?
Are there times in your workday when it would be easy to compromise God’s Word and take an unethical shortcut? How do you handle these temptations?
When did you receive Jesus Christ? Share your salvation story.
Read Proverbs 13:20 and 1 Corinthians 15:33. Do you have any coworkers or customers who are people of “bad character?” How do you handle these relationships?
Workers always have something to say about the boss. As part of your Christian witness, how can you speak respectfully about your boss and other managers even if you disagree with their management style?
Deborah spoke with authority and led by example. In what areas of your job responsibilities can you speak with authority? In what ways are you setting the right example for others?
Give one or more examples of when you were generous with another person. What good things have happened, either to you or the other person, as a result of your generosity?
Think of some coworkers whom you can edify for their good work. When can you do this?
Read Philippians 2:3–5. When competing against others, how do you balance your own interests with the “interests of others”? What is the best way to respond when another person is successful (e.g., gets a promotion and you do not)?
Do you have Christian friends from your home church with whom you can share your career challenges? If not can you think of one or more to ask?
Have you ever been jealous of another person’s career success? How did these jealous feelings impact your own work-life? What is the best way to deal with your jealousy of another person?
Read 2 Corinthians 9:6. Give an example of the law of sowing and reaping working in your work-life?
How does our culture misapply the Old Testament “eye for eye” law by using it as justification for more conflict? Give an example of when it would be best to turn the other cheek regarding a minor offense by another.
Think of others in the workplace whom you influence. What can you do to bring out the best in them and in the quality of their work?
Read Matthew 10:16. What does it mean for Christians to be “shrewd as snakes” yet “innocent as doves?”
We Christians are called to glorify God with the whole of our lives. What can you do to glorify God in your job and career?
Genesis 3:17–19 says the ground was cursed but not human work. How is this fact demonstrated in your job today? In what ways has original sin affected your work-life?
Consider these excerpts from Genesis 3:17–19: “painful toil…It will produce thorns and thistles…By the sweat of your brow.” Do any of these phrases describe your work trials today?
Read Romans 8:28. This verse says God can bring good out of all things. Describe a good thing that came about as a result of a trial you experienced.
Mark 6:51 says the disciples were amazed when Jesus climbed into their boat and delivered them from their trial on the lake. When is the last time Jesus amazed you with his intervention into your life?
Read Genesis 29:2–3. God honored Joseph’s consistent faithfulness by giving him “success in everything he did.” Describe a time when your faithfulness to God resulted in a successful outcome to a difficult situation.
Are you praying for something now but God has not yet provided his answer? What are some reasons why God may be delaying his response?
Read James 1:12. How is perseverance different from merely coping?
Have you ever had a current-day Goliath bring a fight to you? How did you handle it? What are some positive ways to deal with the stress in your work-life? The negative ways?
Have you ever helped another person get through a difficult trial? What is your relationship like with that person today? Has someone helped you get through a past trial? What is your opinion of that person today?
Describe a time when you obeyed God by doing the right thing, and the world pushed back.
When do people generally press into God—in times of trial or in times of prosperity? Why?
What is the most important life lesson you learned as the result of a serious trial?
Read 1 John 5:14–15. Give examples of answered prayer in your life.
Are there times in your workday when it would be easy to compromise God’s Word? How do you handle these temptations?
What aspects of your job require you to provide services to others? How does your salvation in Christ affect the way you provide these services?
Read Titus 2:9–10. Is your work ethic making Christ attractive to others? Are there some things you need to do to improve your job performance?
Read Luke 4:18–19. Give examples of the freedom, recovery, and release that Jesus has brought into your life. How can you share this good news with others?
Do you see yourself as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the workplace? Why or why not?
How has Jesus Christ changed your life for the better? In what ways is he now using you to advance his Kingdom in the workplace?
Think of one or more of your favorite verses. Give examples of the truth of God’s Word being demonstrated in your life right now.
Read Ephesians 2:10. What are some good works you can do for others at your place of employment? How does it feel when someone does a good work for you?
Read Numbers 12:3. What is the connection between Moses’s great success in life and the fact that he was “more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth”?
At one time or another, all of us have remained silent about our faith when we knew God wanted us to speak. What can you do to overcome this fear of speaking out?
In what ways is the workplace the ripest of mission fields?
What does it mean to be salt and light to your coworkers?