A Judgment of Works

“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (v. 20).
When I was in eighth grade, we went on a class trip to tour an exhibit on the HMS Titanic. We saw pictures and footage of the building of that great ship, heard stories about the people who booked passage on its voyage, and even walked through life-sized replicas of the rooms. When I made it to the first-class cabin, I noticed the pale mannequin lounging in the corner and quickly went on to study the bed, chairs, clothing, and other curiosities. As I began to walk on down the hallway, a girl in the group behind me screamed. The mannequin had stood up to talk to them!
Of course, it wasn’t a mannequin at all. He was a slender actor who had covered his face and hands with white makeup. No one had looked closely enough to think he was anything other than a mannequin until he moved. The life in his limbs was our first clue that he wasn’t plastic.
These days, people stay awfully busy. We work and volunteer and play hard. As we run from one activity to the next, we rarely have time to notice people around us. Why should we expect anyone, including people not in the family of God, to tell we are Christians if the life in our limbs doesn’t show it? (Michelle D. Avery)

Is there life in your limbs?

2018-08-22T09:00:07+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Work Ethic of Apostle Paul

In "Doctrinal Discussion" Jason Lindahl writes:

Paul himself set the example by working as a tent-maker and providing for his own needs whenever possible during his missionary journeys. As God's minister, he had the right to earn his living by preaching the gospel, but he wanted to practice the sermon he had preached to the Thessalonians: “If any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thess. 3:10). Of course, Paul was willing to receive support and gifts from fellow believers when willingly offered, as he mentioned in Philippians 4:14, 15. (Notice that Paul received this help while laboring at the laziness-plagued Thessalonian church.) Paul went on to thank the Philippians for their most recent gift, which, of course, he was receiving while in prison and unable to work. It is not wrong to graciously accept a gift as a blessing from God when He chooses to send one our way. God has proven over and again that, while He expects us to be diligent in our work, His overflow of blessings to us will far exceed anything that could ever be earned.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 26.

2017-03-25T09:00:00+00:00March 25th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

How does God's Word speak to the 21st century work culture?

In "God's Word for Today" Gordon Snider writes:

Among the many things that have changed in my life-time is the employment picture in the USA. It used to be that a person spent an entire working career with one employer. The employee felt a certain amount of loyalty to the employer, and the employer felt a certain amount of responsibility for the needs of the employee, either because the employer had a generous heart, or because he was under contractual constraints with a union. Today, long-term commitment in the marketplace seems largely a thing of the past. And the resulting “dog eat dog” atmosphere makes it even more difficult for the employee to work “as unto the Lord.” It is important to remember that the biblical principles concerning master/servant weren't written under ideal conditions either. By almost any standards slavery is far worse than today's selfish employment theater, but whatever the social conditions of the day, the principles of God's Word remain the same. Be careful! Thoughtful attention to today's lesson may require an attitude change when you head to work tomorrow!

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 22.

2017-03-24T09:00:00+00:00March 24th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

Christians and Their Employment

Lesson 4 - March 26, 2017
focus text:  Ephesians 6:5-9; 1 Peter 2:18-25
Central Truth:  We should work in our jobs as though Christ were our boss.
Objective:  By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify at least one new way they can be a better employee or worker.
Lesson Outline:

  1. A Diligent Devotion (Ephesians 6:5-9)
  2. A Proper Service (1 Peter 2:18-20)
  3. A Perfect Example (1 Peter 2:21-25)
2017-03-20T09:00:00+00:00March 20th, 2017|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments


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