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Working for a Living (2 Thessalonians 3:6-13)

Dennis R. Wiles, September 22, 2013
Part of the Fruit of Our Labor - Theology of Work series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Dennis R. Wiles
FBC Arlington
September 22, 2013

Fruit of Our Labor
Theology of Work
Working for a Living
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

What kind of influencer are you?

How is God using you in your workplace?

Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

As image-bearers of God, we have the desire and potential for productivity.

A strong, healthy work ethic increases our productivity.

Our work should reflect a commitment to excellence

Theology of Work: Work offers us an opportunity for healthy independence

Working for a living enables us to achieve a healthy independence that honors God and reflects His glory.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. (ESV)