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Abiding in Christ in the Work Place by Dr. Glenn Jago

Abiding in Christ in the Work Place
2 Thessalonians 3:10-13

This summer series, “Abiding in Christ,” was intended to reveal the motivation and the evidence for our living in union with Christ. The motivation, on the one hand, emphasized the reality and necessity for our connection to the vine as it guarantees that the believer’s source, substance, strength, and sufficiency are all realized in Christ. But the evidence, on the other hand, emphasized the description and expression of the fruit, as produced by Christ, in the believer’s citizenship, marriage, family, relationships and work. This fruit is not, however, to be self-serving but rather eager to serve others and bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.

Paul writes a follow-up letter to the Thessalonians, first to encourage them and then to correct their misunderstanding regarding the return of the Lord, as taught erroneously by the false teachers. He closes his letter by challenging the congregation to correct those whose lives were disobedient as they improperly reflected their union with Christ. What was this improper lifestyle and how does it relate to living in union with Christ? Paul answers by revealing the brunt, unpopular, and yet clear action steps to correct and strengthen the believers.

Three steps:

I. Being aware of answering to the right authority –
II. Being alert in avoiding wrong relationships –
III. Being active in acquiring right relationships –

Warning Against Idleness

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.

2 Thessalonians 3:12

Warning Against Idleness

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.

2 Thessalonians 3:12

12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

Warning Against Idleness

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.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

Warning Against Idleness

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.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

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. 14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

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