Godliness In The Workplace // Blueprints For Building The Church
1 Timothy 6:1-2 “Godliness and The Workplace”
1 Timothy 6:1-2
All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.
26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
Search for the perfect job… (Genesis 3:17-19)
If Your Boss Is A Jerk …respect and obey anyway because…
1 Timothy 6:1
All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered.
-God’s reputation is more important than our rights
9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
-People decide what they think of Christ based on what they think of us
A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
but the wise will appease it.
The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and whoever protects their master will be honored.
1 Peter 2:18-21
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
If you boss is a believer… never take advantage of the relationship
1 Timothy 6:2
2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.
When Work Isn’t Working Out
YES: Obey God not man – accept the consequences
NO: Obey the boss
1 Corinthians 7:17
17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them.This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.
21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
YES: Move on.
NO: Make the most of it
*1 Timothy 6:1-2*
START THINKING. Ask these questions to get your LifeGroup thinking.
START TALKING. Ask these questions to get your LifeGroup talking.
*Read Ephesians 6:5-8*
This biblical passage also deals with principles that can be related to an employee/employer relationship.
START SHARING. Ask these questions to get your LifeGroup talking.
Pastor Matt covered two questions to ask when work isn’t working out.
Two Key Questions:
Pray for each other’s jobs and for the strength and ability to honor God in our workplace.
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