Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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Responsible Christianity
Thess 3:6-12

6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep aloof from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. 7 For you your-selves know how you ought to follow our example, be-cause we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread with-out paying for it, but with labor and hard-ship we kept work-ing night and day so that we might not be a burden to any of you; 9 not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, that you might follow our example. 10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither let him eat. 11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. NAS

Introduction
A few years ago the great philosopher Charlie Brown had this observation. Lucie said to Charlie "life is like an ocean liner. Some people have their deck chair placed in the front of the ship to see what is ahead of them. Some people have their deck chair placed in the rear of the ship to see what is behind them. Some people have their deck chair placed in the middle of the ship to focus on the here and now."

Then Lucy asked "Charlie Brown where do you have your deck chair. Charlie answered "to tell you the truth I haven't even got the chair opened yet."

Some Christians seem to be like Charlie Brown. However we need to be responsible Christians.

Responsible Christianity

        Does Not Have A . . Disorderly Lifestyle.

        Does Not Have A Dependent Lifestyle.

        Does Not Have A Defying Lifestyle.
 
 

1. Responsible Christianity Does Not Have A  . . Disorderly Lifestyle. v 6


6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep aloof from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.

A.    The . . Command to the Orderly, v 6 a
        "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep aloof from every brother who leads an unruly life . . . "

        1.    Note the different Translations
                a.    NAS    Brothers Walk Aloof of other Brothers. NAS
                b.    KJV     "withdraw yourselves"
                c.    NIV & NASU " keep away from"
                d.    TLB "Stay away from"

B.    The . . Commentary concerning the Disorderly, v 6 b
        ". . . and not according to the tradition which you received from us."

         1.    Note the different Translations
                a.    NAS    They lead an unruly Life.
                b.    KJV     "walketh disorderly"
                c.    NIV     "who is idle and does"
                d.    TLB     "who spends his days in laziness"

        2.    Note the different Translations
                a.    NAS    They do not follow the Teachings.
                b.    KJV, NASU     "the tradition"
                c.    NIV     "according to the teaching "
                d.    TLB     "does not follow the ideal of hard work"

        3.    What is this tradition? Hard Work in and out of the Church.
                a.    Best Workers ought to be Christians.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you; NAS

1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men. NAS

Illustration Honesty and Work
Jeff was writing a check at a lawn-and-garden store, and he pulled out his driver's license for identification. "Don't need it," the proprietor said. "In all my years of business, nobody ever wrote me a bad check when they were buying something to work with." (After church a man in our church who owns a lumber yard said I can not think of a time someone wrote a bad check for something they were going to work with.)

Illustration
The Youth search committee talked with a prospective Youth Minister. She is a pastor's wife and the pastor says he is willing to consider taking a secular job if God leads so his wife can be a Youth Minister.

I asked him how do you think you can leave a call to pastor etc. and take a secular job? He said what ever I do I am a minister. He emphasized what Paul is telling us here. We are to work because it is ministry.

Application

Through the years as you look over your life the most meaningful experiences will be when you did something significant in work that equaled ministry.

Responsible Christianity
            Does Not Have A . . Disorderly Lifestyle.
 
 

2.    Responsible Christianity Does Not Have A . . Dependent Lifestyle. v 7-9


7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we might not be a burden to any of you; 9 not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, that you might follow our example.

A. Not Dependent through an . . undisciplined lifestyle. v 7
        For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you,

        1.    Paul's life was worth of example.
                ATR = from mimos (NT:3401) (actor, mimic),
Phil 3:17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. NAS

Illustration
Some athletes have said "I don't want to be a role model" I hope they do not have young people following them.

        2.    Paul had order and discipline to his life.

"Undisciplined" Only time used in the NT. "Military term, out of ranks." Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament)

STRONG'S # NT:812 atakteo (at-ak-the'-o); from NT:813; to be (i.e. act) irregular:
 

NT:813 ataktos (at'-ak-tos); from NT:1 (as a negative particle)
and a derivative of NT:5021; unarranged, i.e. (by implication)
insubordinate (religiously):

STRONG'S # NT:5021 tasso (tas'-so); a prolonged form of a primary verb
(which latter appears only in certain tenses); to arrange in an
orderly manner, i.e. assign or dispose. PCBible - - Strongs #:
 

B.    Not Dependent through an . . unwilling lifestyle. v 8
        "nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we might not be a burden to any of you;

        1.    Paul was willing to work.

Illustration
The minister I mentioned earlier says I am willing if the Lord leads to go take a secular job. He is living a good example.
 

C.    Not Dependent through an . . uncaring lifestyle. v 9
        " not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, that you might follow our example.

        1.    Paul cared about being a role model.
                   a.    Biblically he could have said you need to support me so I can work in the Word.

Illustration
Most of us have heard our parents say I do not want to be a burden on my children. I really do not want to be dependent on somebody else. My Mom has further said I want to leave something for my children not have to take away from them.

Application

Are you dependent on others in the church to pay the bills?

Are you dependent on others in the church to do the teaching?

Are you dependent on others in the church to make the visits?
 

Responsible Christianity
        Does Not Have A Dependent Lifestyle.
 
 

3.    Responsible Christianity Does Not Have A . . Defying Lifestyle. v 10-12


10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither let him eat. 11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.

A.    Does Not Defy A Godly . . Correction. v 10
        " For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither let him eat.

Dr Bruce Metzger in his book The New Testament its background, growth and content; says "no loaf for the loafer.

Illustration
Recently I have asked the transients "what makes you think some one else should pay your travel across the nation" What really aggravates me is that they will be in a car and the wife and children will be made to come in to ask for the money.

America has caused some to think the world owes them a living. To them work is a dirty word.
 

B. Does Not Defy A Godly . . Checkup. v 11
    "For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.

        1.    Paul was relating to reports from those he trusted.

Quote from ATR = Literally, doing nothing but doing around. Ellicott suggests, doing no business but being busy bodies.

Illustration
Do you know who has the most opinions to offer about our building program? Busy bodies who use to be members or who are still members in good health who do nothing and gave nothing.
 

C.    Does Not Defy A Godly . . Command. v 12
        "Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.

        1.    Paul has authority from God and he gave a command.

Illustration
Tonight we will give the Nominating Committee report. We have some vacancies. We do need more people to work. Do you who could work sit back as a freeloader? Some people believe God has given them abilities and they should be diligently used in the house of God and to serve Him where ever the Lord takes them.

We need to reorganize the Sunday School. We have room for every class in the new building and we want every class in the new building.

We will try to respect a persons desire to stay in the class they love but if our emphasis is reaching people we should say what is best for the church?

Today too many are saying I want the church to meet my needs and I don't really care about what is best for the church.

Responsible Christianity
        Does Not Have A Defying Lifestyle.

Do we defy the teachings of the Lord?
 

Responsible Christianity
        Does Not Have A . . Disorderly Lifestyle.

        Does Not Have A Dependent Lifestyle.

        Does Not Have A Defying Lifestyle.