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Renewing Work: Cupcakes and the Glory of God

The gospel changes the way we view work, transforming drudgery into mission and worship.


We're in a series called (re)new and we're looking at how the gospel makes everything new again. How does the gospel change the way I look at the place where I live, or how does the gospel change the way I examine my heart? How does the gospel redefine and reshape how I do community and what it means? The goal of this series is to integrate the gospel into every facet of our lives, to have it permeate our beings so that we can live as God created us to live, intends for us to live, and desires for us to live.

The goal is for us to understand and know and experience this truth: Grace changes everything. Today we're going to talk about how the gospel renews our work. I know what some of you are thinking: A sermon on work … that's like a double shot of boring. Hopefully, it won't be as uninteresting as it sounds, but I know it'll be awfully relevant, as work is a huge part of our lives.

In fact, work and rest show up all the way back in Genesis 1 and 2, all the way back in creation, at the very beginning of things, which tells us that this rhythm of work and rest is at the very heart of what it means to be human. So we're going to look at the gospel and our work under three headings: the gift of work, the curse of work, and the redemption of work.

The gift of work

The Bible opens with: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," and the next stream of verses are a beautiful song of creation with a repeating refrain: "God said, 'Let there be …,' and it was so … and it was good. God said, 'Let there be …,' and it was so … and it was good." This song culminates in chapter 2 verse 2, where God says, "By the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the ...

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Kevin Kim is a teaching pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California, and campus minister at Menlo's San Mateo site.

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Sermon Outline:


I. The gift of work

II. The curse of work

III. The redemption of work

IV. Our work as mission

V. Our work as spiritual formation

VI. Our work as an avenue of worship