Financial stewardship

SERMON TOPIC: Financial stewardship

Speaker: Gavin Paynter

Language: ENGLISH

Date: 9 June 2024


Sermon synopsis: God expects able-bodied people to work to support themselves.

2 Thess 3:10-12 (NIV) For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

Paul does not say “if someone does not work” but “if someone is not willing to work.” There is a big difference.
There are those who want to work but have a hard time finding a job that lines up with their skills and training.
There are those who have a disability, or have done prison time, or do not interview well, or live in an area where there are few jobs to be found.
Some are blocked from jobs in South Africa because of their racial status (BEE policies). They are willing and competent to do the work, but they are the “wrong” colour, gender or age.
Paul is speaking of those who are able-bodied and could seek employment, but are unwilling to work.

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