• The Sins of Idle People

    2 Thessalonians 3:11–12

    We do not have to become respected preachers, notable heads of state, or scientists who make history-changing discoveries in order to live noble lives that honor God. Instead, we need only to engage in lawful work no matter what vocation ...Read More

  • Working and Eating

    2 Thessalonians 3:10

    Christians are to be kind and compassionate, helping those who are truly in need. At the same time, the church is no place of charity for the idle. We must seek to wisely assist those who cannot support themselves, especially ...Read More

  • A Warning against Idleness

    2 Thessalonians 3:6–9

    Many people want to work but are unable to do so because of illness, disability, or other things outside their control. Others are unable to work because they cannot find employment even though they are trying. Still others are able-bodied ...Read More

  • God’s Glory and Our Joy

    Psalm 105:3

    For all eternity, we will find our joy in the infinite glory of God. We proclaim the gospel and call people to bow to the glory of the Lord not only because He has commanded us to do so but ...Read More

  • Loving Neighbor through Vocation

    Ephesians 4:28

    Christians are called to love their neighbors as they love themselves (Matt. 22:34–40), and one of the ways we can do this is through our vocations. As we use the resources we earn to help those in need and work ...Read More

  • The Vocation of Husbands

    Ephesians 5:25–33

    Husbands must love their wives as Christ loves the church, which means they must be willing to die for their wives. The husband’s willingness to die for his wife may take the form of actual, physical death wherein the husband ...Read More

  • The Vocation of Deacon

    1 Timothy 3:8–13

    Deacons play a vital role in making sure that those with material difficulties have their basic needs met. But they cannot do this without the support of the entire congregation. Therefore, it is essential that we support the deacons, as ...Read More

  • The Vocation of Elder

    1 Timothy 3:1–7

    Elders are God’s gift to the church to teach us the Word of God, exercise church discipline, and make decisions for the good of the Lord’s people. God has placed them in authority over us, and we are bound to ...Read More

  • New Covenant Ordained Ministry

    1 Peter 5:1–3

    The calling to be an elder or a deacon is a high one indeed, but it does not invalidate or make insignificant the callings of those who are not appointed to those offices. If we think we cannot engage in ...Read More

  • God’s First Covenant With Mankind

    Genesis 2:15–17

    Because of Adam’s sin, we are born corrupt and cannot please God apart from grace. We are wholly dependent on the Lord’s unmerited favor for our salvation and for any of the good works that we do in gratitude for ...Read More

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