Group Discussion Guide: Why We Work

Lesson 2 — Shaping Cultures

  1. As Don’s story shows, one of the most practical ways to serve our neighbors and “seek the welfare of our city” is to be responsible and engaged citizens, because the policies and laws of our communities affect all of us. How might Don’s story inspire you to responsible citizenship in your context?

  2. Walter expresses an experience that is common to many Christians working in business: he knew that his faith should impact his business life, but he didn’t know how.

    • Have you ever experienced this frustration? Why is it difficult to connect our faith life to our professional life?

    • Think about your own industry. What is one dimension that is badly broken and in need of redemption? Where is there an opportunity for you to reflect God’s faithful presence and character in your professional context? How might you go about it?

  3. Shoshon’s story illustrates just how difficult it can be to bear witness to the Light (which can feel very fragile and faint) in the midst of deep darkness. Where do you see bondage and darkness in your community? What might God be calling you to do in this context?

  4. H. Richard Niebuhr suggests that human beings are respons-ible creatures: that is, we are addressed by God and are capable of responding in action.

    • As you reflect on Don’s service in local government, Walter’s redemptive real estate development, or Shoshon’s steady fight against human trafficking, how might God be calling you to respond to a challenge, issue, or problem in your context?

    • How can you use your knowledge, experience, or expertise to join in God’s redemptive purposes in your cultural context or professional situation?