The Origins of Work

Sermon from CCM Heatons


This sermon was preached by Peter Bullock at the CCM Heatons site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 26th September 2021.



This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Burnage in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Genesis 1:28-31.

The Creation of the World…

28And God blessed them. And God said to them,

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29And God said,

“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”

And it was so. 31And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.


What’s Work About? 

  • God’s creation commanded to “fill the earth and subdue it”.

  • This perfect world is busy. It’s something to participate in. Full of life and activity. Perfect life, and perfect activity.
  • Preparing the ground. Planting seeds. Watering. Wait patiently. Harvesting. Shelling the seeds.

Why Do We Have to Do It? 

  • Work is good.
  • Day One – God organises, separating the light from the darkness, and then on Day Four he fills that light with the sun and the darkness with the moon and stars.
    Day Two – God organises again, separating the heavens from the waters, and then on Day Five he fills those waters with fish and those skies with birds.
    Day Three – basically the same pattern. God organises by separating the land from the sea, and then on Day Six he fills the land with animals.
  • We reflect and express something of God when we work
  • Embrace work

Work is Cursed 

  • As mankind we have gone our own way, turned our back on God, and as a result his good world of harmonious relationship and satisfying work has been shattered.

  • We start working to escape difficult situations at home. We start working to build up a reputation for ourselves, or an identity as an achiever.
  • Work is good, work is cursed. What does it mean for us today?


Work for the Lord

  • Paul, writes into a particularly cursed work situation – the situation of a slave.

  • How you work is way more important than what exactly it is you are doing.


Remember your True Vocation

  • We can naturally assume that work is the most important part of identity.
  • We are not job titles.
  • Work is good, yes. The grace of Jesus Christ is even better.





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