16 Feb COMMANDS AND CONCLUSION (2 Thess 3:6-18)
COMMISSION FROM GOD
WORK WAS GOOD (Genesis 1 & 2)
Design & dignity, stewardship, building society and culture
Based on relationship between God & Man
WORK BECAME CURSED (Genesis 3)
Disintegration, difficulty & disappointment.
Idolatry, identity issues, rebellion; symptoms of a broken relationship
THE GOSPEL REDEEMS WORK (John 6:27, Col 3:22-24, Eph 2:10
1 Thess 1:9b)
Relationship restored, Gospel world view = Gospel work-view, curse
will be lifted
Free to work hard, vital witness in work & through work.
COMMANDS TO FOLLOW
A: IMITATE US
Imitate our example, as we imitated Jesus
Sacrificial giving to win a people
B: GET TO WORK!
v10: “…not willing to work, let him not eat”
Stop being a ‘busybody’! Am I hindering the Word?
C: KEEP AWAY
Church discipline, warning ‘the idle’ in love
Aiming for repentance & restoration (3:5)
CONSECRATION TO PRAY