The Gospel at Work
Find God’s vision for your job.
Reclaim God’s vision for your life.
Many Christians fall victim to one of two main problems when it comes to work: either they are idle in their work, or they have made an idol of it. Both of these mindsets are deadly misunderstandings of how God intends for us to think about our employment.
In The Gospel at Work, Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert unpack the powerful ways in which the gospel can transform how we do what we do, releasing us from the cultural pressures of both an all-consuming devotion and a punch-in, punch-out mentality—in order to find the freedom of a work ethic rooted in serving Christ.
You’ll find answers to some of the tough questions that Christians in the workplace often ask:
- What factors should matter most in choosing a job?
- What gospel principles should shape my thinking about how to treat my boss, my co-workers, and my employees?
- Is full-time Christian work more valuable than my job?
- Is it okay to be motivated by money?
- How do you prioritize—or balance—work, family and church responsibilities?
Solidly grounded in the gospel, The Gospel at Work confronts both our idleness at work and our idolatry of work with a challenge of its own—to remember that whom we work for is infinitely more important than what we do.
About the Authors
Sebastian Traeger is the executive vice president of the International Mission Board for the Southern Baptist Convention. He previously worked in business and technology where he started, led, and built several companies such as FiveStreet, Razoo, Silas Partners, and Village Phone.
Greg Gilbert is Senior Pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel?, What is the Mission of the Church?, and Preach: Theology Meets Practice. Previously, Greg served as an assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and as Director of Theological Research to the President of Southern Seminary in Louisville. He earned his MDiv from Southern Seminary in 2006 and his B.A. in History from Yale University in 1999. Greg lives in Louisville with his wife, Moriah, and their three children, Justin, Jack, and Juliet.
This book is a great primer on putting our work in the perspective of our lives and God’s kingdom. Written by two ordinary Christian men who have lived the ups and downs of life and work, Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert have given deep thought, purpose, and context to the subject of work. An easy, instructional, and edifying read. – Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management
“You work for the King, and that changes everything!” That is the basic argument for this much-needed, superbly written work on work. Our job is necessary, and it is also an opportunity to glorify God and advance the gospel. Thank you Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert, for writing a book that is long overdue. – Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina
The best advice I could give anyone is to read The Gospel at Work. It’s more than a book about finding purpose and meaning in our jobs; it’s a book about how to have success in life. Sebastian and Greg have done a masterful job of providing practical guidance on a question we’ve all asked at one time or another: “What is the point of work in a Christian’s life?” If you want to be successful in life and really enjoy the work you do, embrace the principles found here. This book is filled with countless gems of wisdom! – Gloria S. Nelund, chairman and CEO of Trilinc Global
The ideas in this book are not a theory for the authors but the reality in which they live. One writes as a businessman, the other as a pastor. Both wrestle faithfully with what the Bible teaches about our work, showing us the exciting possibilities when we see our world through God’s eyes. – J. D. Greear, Ph.D., pastor of the Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Caroline, and author of Stop Asking Jesus into Yo
Imagine sitting down with someone for a deeply wise, biblically faithful, and intensely practical conversation about your workplace and work. You’ll find that here. Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert combine real-world practicality and theological fidelity in this immensely pastoral book. After finishing it, I looked up and said to my wife, “Every Christian should read this book.” – Jonathan Leeman, editorial director of 9Marks and author of The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love
Everyone knows that work is both necessary and hard. But what about its meaning? Some think of work as merely a distraction from ministry; others, as a necessary evil to provide for higher ends; others still, a place where ultimate purpose and identity can be found. In this book you will find two careful and experienced guides—brothers whose wisdom and teaching I deeply respect—who know not only the right questions to ask but also where to find the life-giving answers. – Justin Taylor, managing editor of The ESV Study Bible and coauthor of The Final Days of Jesus
The Gospel at Work is a book by practitioners for practitioners. The combined business and pastoral perspectives of the authors make this a real “how to” narrative. Clearly defining our purposes for working while answering many of our key questions about our careers, Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert point us to a freedom that can only be provided by Christ. – Lou Giuliano, former chairman, CEO, and president of ITT Industries and cofounder of Workforce Ministries
I read every word of this book and loved it. I want to make this a basic staple in my discipling and get lots of copies. This provocative and practical book asks and answers the right questions in the right way. It will even help you know how to better pray—privately and publicly. Two of my favorite people have now produced one of my favorite books. – Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks
The Gospel at Work is a field guide for anyone who wants to seriously consider how to give glory to God through his or her job. Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert answer a series of questions about how faith and work intersect with sound biblical answers. You’ll be more equipped to live out the gospel in your career after reading this book. – Dr. O. S. Hawkins, president and CEO of Guidestone Financial Resources
Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert understand that one way we reflect our Creator is by being creative right where we are with the talents he has given us. In doing so, we fulfill our God-given privilege to beautify our various stations for his glory—giving this world an imperfect preview of the beautification that will one day be a universal actuality when Jesus returns to finish what he started. Read this book. It will make you think and set you free. – Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and author of One-Way Love