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The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to our Jobs (Traeger & Gilbert)

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Zondervan Publishing

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. 

Table of Contents:

Foreword by David Platt 

Introduction: The Challenge 

1. The Idolatry of Work 

2. Idleness in Work 

3. The Gospel in the Workplace 

4. The King’s Purposes in Our Work 

5. How Should I Choose a Job? 

6. How Do I Balance Work, Church, and Family? 

7. How Do I Handle Difficult Bosses and Coworkers? 

8. What Does it Mean to be a Christian Boss? 

9. How Can I Share the Gospel at Work? 

10. Is Full-Time Ministry More Valuable Than My Job? 

Conclusion: Defining Success



Sebastian Traeger has spent years starting and building various businesses. He has co-founded, a real estate technology company;, a crowd-funding site for causes;, a software and services company for Christian organizations; and Silas Partners, a web-consulting firm. He also helped start Village Phone, a telecommunications company in El Salvador and worked as a management consultant at Dean and Company. He graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University where he also played on the Baseball team and managed a few on-campus businesses. Sebastian serves as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C and is on the Board of Guidestone Financial Resources of the SBC. He and his wife, Nikki, have three children and love living just 6 blocks from the US Capitol.

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.



"I read every word of The Gospel at Work and loved it. I want to make this a basic staple in my discipline 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 publically. Two of my favorite people have now produced one of my favorite books." - Mark Dever

"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 The Gospel at Work you will find two careful and experienced guides - brothers whose wisdom and teaching I deeply respect - who know no only the right questions to ask but also where to find the life-giving answers." - Justin Taylor