Converge – Week 4; The Disciple at Work
For our eight week summer study on Wednesday Night we are drilling down on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. After all, He commanded that we make disciples (Matt. 28:19). And who was He talking to at that moment? The disciples. So disciples should make disciples. But what does that mean? How do we do it? How do we apply discipleship to every situation of the lives we live? These are the questions we are looking at together. In week 4 we looked at being a disciple at work. Whether you work at home as a stay-at-home mom or whether you work 40 hours a week, we are called to be a disciple for our Lord (Colossians 3:23). How do we do that? These are summary statements for an outline, but if you missed the discussion and what more description and instruction, you can get all the content on our podcast at www.eagleheights.com.
Notes and discussion were provided by Elder Russ Ingram.
- A working definition of discipleship: “A person who is truly saved by faith, wanting and learning to obey/follow Christ with all of their life, for the rest of their life, and teaching others to do the same.”
The workplace defined – Office, in the field, home office, stay at home mom, student, retired.
Who are you discipling (at work)?
- Peers, subordinates, supervisors.
- Children, family members.
- Fellow retirees.
- Fellow students.
- Fellow church members.
How are you discipling (at work)?
- All the above?
- Romans 1:16
One of several ways to consider and/or evaluate how you are discipling: Some thoughts on your annual appraisal (if you have one).
How are you perceived and graded by others? Both formally and informally?
- Accountability – Colossians 3:23-24.
- Collaboration and Teamwork – Lev. 19:11; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 5:5-6; James 4:11
- Communication Skills – Acts 24:16
- Customer Focus – Matthew 5:16 – let you light shine before men.
- Decision Making – Romans 12:1-5
- Flexibility – John 13:34-35 – our heart must be right, Proverbs 3:5-6, our hearts must be in the right place.
- Job Knowledge – Philippians 4:13 – God will show you what you need to know, or who to ask and/or task with specific work.
- Leadership Skills – Humility, not pride (Deuteronomy 8:17-18; Mark 10:45; Philippians 2:3-4), lead by example (Ephesians 4:29).
- Management Skills – Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Cor. 15:58 – be steadfast in your witness.
- Our example, Jesus: Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16.
- What specific prayer do you lift up related to your workplace? Management, Team, Safety, Peers, Success.
Examples of how you disciple people in the workplace:
- When you have succeeded, who gets the credit? God or Man?
- When you fail, how do you react? Do you blame others or take responsibility?
- Prayer – specific, verbalized prayer when someone is in need. (Note: follow up with those whom you’ve told you are gong to be praying for!)
- Take someone to lunch – discover their background, religious upbringing, share what you believe in a non-threatening way.
- Strive to know the spiritual condition of those who you work closely with (my team). Prayer at team lunches.
What do you do at work to make disciples?