Study Questions: Why Work? Ephesians 4:28- October 3, 2021
What does it say about our time that we have so many “help wanted” signs?
Read about Ephesians 4:28.
What four principles do you see in this text?
Read Genesis 2:15 and Exodus 20:8-10. What do these texts affirm about the importance of work?
Respond to the quotation of the Catholic theologian: “Work is the effort of men and women to bring order out of the chaos left by original sin.”
Read Proverbs 10:4—5 and Proverbs 28:19.
What do these texts affirm about the benefits of work?
What is your understanding of 1 Timothy 5:8?
Does this passage apply just to men or to all family members?
What is the cautionary message in Ecclesiastes 5:10?
Why is it easy to work for the wrong reasons?
What are the right reasons for work?
Read 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13.
What are the dangers of idleness?
How does idleness rob us of peace and joy?
Read Ecclesiastes 2:24.
What is satisfying about work?
What do you enjoy most about work?
Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 and 1 Timothy 6:17-18.
What are these texts teaching?
How are productive work and generosity supposed to be connected?
How would you contrast God’s plan for helping those in need with the principles of Marxism?
What is the sobering thought in the Will Rogers watch engraving?
What is God saying to you?