Pennings, Ray

Cultivating Biblical Godliness - How Can I Serve God at Work?



Cultivating Biblical Godliness - How Can I Serve God at Work?

Book Description:

Inundated as we are with secular distortions regarding how to think about our work lives, we need to remind ourselves of basic scriptural truths in order to think clearly about the subject. In How Can I Serve God at Work?, Ray Pennings unpacks ten biblical principles that will help believers cultivate everyday godliness in a twenty-first-century North American context. Pennings also discusses how a biblical view of vocation contrasts with a secular one and how this might make a difference as we head to work in the morning.

Armed with a proper theology of work, readers will be better equipped to serve and glorify God in things that are sometimes considered less spiritual.


Ray Pennings is a cofounder and executive vice-president of think tank Cardus ( He is a graduate of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and is a member of and licensed exhorter in the Free Reformed Churches of North America.


"Practical godliness begins when we see the relevance, beauty, and provision of God for all our thoughts, words, acts, and circumstances. Ray Pennings helpfully teaches Christians how to notice the relevance, beauty, and provision of God for the work He calls us to do. This booklet can help Christians young and old to discover and rediscover a biblical vision of work." -Eric Moerdyk, pastor, Bethel Free Reformed Congregation, Monarch, Alberta

Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said, 'The world today is looking for, and desperately needs, true Christians. I am never tired of saying that what the Church needs to do is not to organize evangelistic campaigns and attract outside people, but to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, 'What is the secret of this?'
Many people who are new to the church need instruction in the most basic aspects of godly living. Even where churches are engaged heavily in discipleship, visitors and members often have gaps in their understanding and practice. One of the greatest needs of our time is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the glory of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of God the Father. For these reasons, Joel Beeke and Ryan McGraw are coediting a series of booklets titled Cultivating Biblical Godliness. These booklets treat matters that are vital to Christian experience, and each contribution aims to address a wide variety of people and circumstances at a fundamental and introductory level. This includes teaching people what to believe in order to practice personal holiness as well as specific directions on how to cultivate biblical godliness in relation to issues that are common to God's people.
The distinctive feature of this series is its experiential tone. While some booklet series aim to enlighten the mind, these booklets aim to warm the affections as well. The goal is to promote communion with the triune God and to transform the entire person in thought, speech, and behavior. To this end, we intend to include a wide range of authors whom the Spirit has blessed to skillfully stir up the church to personal holiness and affection to Christ through their preaching and writing ministries. We need a Christianity that puts the transformative power of God in the gospel on display through developing a communion with God that is visible to the world. Our prayer is that through this series, the Lord would revive His church by producing Christians who are full of love for Christ, who deny themselves in order to follow Him at great personal cost, and who know the joys of walking with the triune God. This is the kind of Christianity that we need. This is the kind of Christianity that the triune God has used to turn the world upside down. May He be pleased to do so again.

Series Editors:
Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a prolific author.
Ryan M. McGraw is pastor of First OPC in Sunnyvale, CA. He is also author of The Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the Sabbath.

Additional Information:

Number of Pages:38
Publisher:Reformation Heritage Books
Publication Date:2017