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Read 2 Thessalonians 3
Vs. 1 Church pray for Church planter
Vs. 2 Not all have faith in the Lord. Evil men maybe in Corinth as he writes, Acts 18:5,6,12,13.
Vs. 3 But the Lord is faithful to you
Isn’t that a nice thought… God is faithful to you! He will finish the good word he started in you
Vs. 4 Confidence in the Lord for obedience
Vs. 5 Love of God / Steadfastness of Christ, Eph. 3:14-21.
Vs. 6 We command, Paul, Silas, Timothy.
The Lords Coming, walking in idleness, waiting.
From 1 Thess. 5:14, 4:11-12.
Vs. 7-9 Paul says we worked!
They paid for food.
Not prescriptive to not pay ministers, paul’s emphasizing in this context how he went out of his way, sacrificed, and labored in addition.
There are times Paul finds this appropriate, and other times where he finds it appropriate to receive pay for their work.
1 Tim. 5:17-18. 1 Cor. 9:3ff. Do you work to support your ministry? What is your ministry?
What gifts are you using in ministry, are you supporting your outreach, or just your belly?
Vs. 10 … when we were with you….1 Thess. 4:11
Vs. 11-12, work quietly, earn living.
Vs. 10-12 Busybodies, work quietly, earn living, Good behavior, good employee, good citizen.
1 Peter 3:14-15.
Are you nosey?
Vs. 13 “Don’t grow weary in doing good.” Tied to next verse of thess. Being idle. Tied to next vs… friends You associate with. Do you friends cause you to tire in doing good… or encourage you on in the faith.
Do you ever get tired of trying to be good… Do you ever want to obey your flesh!
Listening to your boss, being gentle waiting in line at a store, thinking of others as you order food, serving you spouse, dutifully going to church,…
don’t stop the good.!
Vs. 14 Paul surely is taking the authority he has to direct discipline.
“Have nothing to do with him”… to make him ashamed.
We shouldn’t idly sit by while our brothers sin!
I cor. 5:11, Matt. 18:17
Vs. 15… don’t do to hurt…not enemy but a brother.
Vs. 17 Paul is interested in emphasizing since a forgery maybe had gone to them from “him”.
The Run Down