“The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables . . .”
What is good work? How do I find my calling? Can work be more than a paycheck? How can I enact reform in my workplace? How can my job be a place where I love my neighbor and serve the Lord? How do I work for a sinful boss?
Daniel M. Doriani’s Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation (2019) answers all of these questions and more. This book has been transformational for my own understanding of work, and I am happy to provide a free downloadable study guide for you to teach this material in a 13 week setting–whether in a small group, personal study, discipleship class, or Sunday School.
Below you will find PDFs of individual lessons and whole study for download. These study materials are not meant to replace Doriani’s book, but to serve as a help in teaching the material to others. It is filled with practical questions to generate discussion, opportunities to search the Scriptures, and helpful summaries of Doriani’s points. They can serve both as a teaching guide and as handouts for the class.
The study guides are formatted to be printed back/front for each week and folded in the middle like a bulletin.