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2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
6 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. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 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. 9 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. 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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Summary: In chapter 2, Paul has warned us of this gathering storm prior to the final day. While encouraged by the victory of Jesus in the end, the days prior to the final day are important days that should not be ignored. How do we live in these days? Last week, Paul called us, even commanded us, to pray that the word of the Lord would speed ahead and to trust in the promises of God because he is faithful. With confidence in the Lord, and his work in us, we can obey his commands to live holy lives while we wait for Christ's return. This week, Paul will provide one final instruction to the church. He commands us to live disciplined lives, specifically in terms of our work and ministry of doing good with our lives. The end time does not engender idleness but a desire to be a good steward of our gifts and talents for the sake of others.
Review and Apply
How do you view work?
What specific things does the bible say about work? A blessing or a curse?
How does Paul's attitude of work challenge your own?To what degree do you struggle with avoiding work due to laziness or making an identity work?
What does the Christian do in a job that is unfulfilling?
For what purpose did Paul relinquish his 'right' for support from the church?
What do we learn of the practice of disciplining an 'unruly member' in this passage? Does it seem harsh to you? Why or why not?
Have you ever confronted an undisciplined person in the faith? Did they respond favorably or not? Give reasons.
What is the goal of church discipline?