This is lesson 5 of 6 in Good Work, a bible study on the gift of work.
- Main Point of the Passage: Paul commanded Christians in Thessalonica to work and provide for themselves.
- Main Point of the Lesson: God expects us to work diligently.
- Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will work diligently.
- Key Verse: “Now we command and exhort such people by the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and provide for themselves.” 2 Thessalonians 3:12
To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.
Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.
Smile Question: What would your ideal pet be?
Share Question: Tell us about a person you know whose hard work was motivated by love.
Introduce the Passage: God expects us to work diligently. That’s what Paul commanded Christians to do in 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13.
Study Question: As we read 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, let’s list answers to this question: why did Paul expect a Christian to work?
Possible answers include:
- Paul commanded the Christians to work (v. 6)
- Paul set an example for them of working hard to provide for himself even though he had a right to be supported by them (vv. 7–9)
- Work is the means of providing for yourself rather than being a burden or busybody (v. 10–12)
Connect-the-Dots Question: In Ephesians 4:28 and 1 Thessalonians 4:11–12, Paul gave more reasons why a Christian should work. Let’s read those passages and list the reasons he gave.
Count-the-Cost Question: How might these verses apply to people who cannot provide for themselves (children, people with disabilities or elderly people, for example)?
Let’s-Do-It Question: We’ve looked as several reasons why work is an act of love. Which of these reasons motivates you the most?
Prayer: Father, teach us to be diligent in our work so that we can be a blessing to others. Amen.