Christlife Posture: Loving Like Jesus

Topic: Bringing Faith into My Workplace

Suggested Approach: Choose 1 thing from each of the three boxes

OR Choose 1 from Media or Reflection + 1 from Scripture 

Media Excursions (Watch/read/listen and be ready to discuss Q's)

Photograph of Monument

  • Alter of the Unknown God (Palatine Hill Museum)  This is thought to be (or believed to be similar to) the altar of an unknown God referred to by Paul in Acts 17. Consider how Paul used a physical object to speak to the culture of the day.  What ideas does this give you for how to share the message of Christ by referring to everyday objects in your context?

Video Clips

  • Skit: Comfort (Onetime Blind) How much does your own comfort level factor into your willingness to reach out in your workplace? What would make you willing to be a little uncomfortable at work?

  • Wonder Rush--As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Letters to the Exiles) How does this poem and meditation help you see what you have to offer at your workplace? How can you bring “graceful gift” as an offering to God in your workplace? What might that look like?

Podcast (5 minutes) 

  • Why is my evangelism at work so lame? (Desiring God, John Piper)  Do you agree with Piper that workplace conversations about Christ are limited by the context? What about his advice was helpful to you?

Articles 

  • Friendship Evangelism Is Neither Friendship Nor Evangelism (Tony Miano) This author has some strong feelings about one of the most common approaches to workplace evangelism, friendship evangelism. Where do you agree or disagree with him? What is your basis for your opinion?

  • Evangelism in the workplace (Ashok Nashnani) Does your workplace feel increasingly hostile? Give an example.  What ideas or encouragement did you find in this article for reaching out at work?

Online Teaching

  • Sharing Our Faith (Freedom Church) What misconceptions about sharing your faith does this video address? How can you best get in touch with how much your faith matters to you?

Reflection Options  

Journal  (Reflect on one or more of these questions)

  • When at work, what do you think the balance should be between modeling Christ through your actions/attitudes and sharing Christ through your words?

  • What scares you the most about sharing your faith with fellow workers?  What excites you the most?

  • Pick two people you work with. Write down everything you know about their story.  Now think about what else you would like to know about them. Can you come up with some questions or ways to show interest in them both personally and spiritually?

  • Write out your testimony in words that feel natural to you.  This is simply your story...but showing how and where Jesus interacts with your life. What has knowing Jesus meant to you?

Quote Interaction   (Agree, disagree or otherwise engage with the quote/quotes)

  • Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world's greatest need. (Frederick Buechner)

  • Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor. (C. H. Spurgeon)

  • Be encouraged that simply finding people interesting and caring about them is a beautiful pathway into their heart. Evangelism gets a bad reputation when we are not really interested in people and don’t seem to care about them. People really are interesting. The person you are talking to is an amazing creation of God with a thousand interesting experiences. Very few people are interested in them. If you really find their story interesting, and care about them, they may open up to you and want to hear your story—Christ’s story. (John Piper)

  • You’ve got to get people lost before you can get them saved. (D. L. Moody)

  • You are a Christian because somebody cared. Now it's your turn. (Warren Wiersbe)

Reading and reflection on Shaping The Journey of Emerging Adults

  • Read “Shift 1: From Twentieth Century Thinking to Twenty-first Century Thinking” (pp. 46-48).  How is the emerging adult generation at an advantage in thinking about how to reach others for Christ in this culture? How are they at a disadvantage? What “bold moves” would you love to see young adults take in reaching the world for Christ and specifically in the workplace?

  • Read “Shift 5: From Cruise Ships to Beach Head Landing Ships” (pp. 54-55).  How is a Landing Ship mentality helpful for thinking about sharing Christ at work?

  • Read “Help emerging adults recognize stability and new limitations as a gift…” (p. 204). How do you feel limited in workplace evangelism as a part time or temporary employee? What evangelistic opportunities might be enhanced as you enter into a career or stay longer at a part-time job?

Explore Scripture

Meditate on one or more of the following passages. Always look them up in context.  Take some time to really explore the verse in relation to this topic.  Look for insights into attitudes or actions for sharing your faith with people at your workplace.  Make a note of what you discover to share later.  See "Learn More About Ways to Study Scripture" below for help in getting the most out of the verse.

  • Matthew 5:16

  • Matthew 9:37-38

  • Matthew 28:18-20

  • Acts 17:16-34

  • Romans 10:14-17

  • I Corinthians 9:19-27

  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

  • 2 Timothy 2:15

  • 1 Peter 3:15 and 5:8