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DOING BUSINESS BY THE BOOK

  1. WHAT BOOK – The Bible 

  1. WHY – BECAUSE GOD’S WORD IS OUR GUIDE FOR LIFE

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

  1. WHY – BECAUSE GOD’S WORD SPECIFICALLY TEACHES ABOUT EMPLOYMENT 

THE WORK ETHIC – 


WORK IS NORMAL


WORK IS TO PROVIDE FOR FAMILIES

WORK EXISTED BEFORE SIN

Genesis 2:15 ‘to dress it and to keep it’ plus 1:28

2 Thess 3:6-12 – Verse 10 – If a man does not work neither shall he eat

  1. PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS 

Faithfulness and Trustworthiness (Luke 16/Heb 3:2,5/2 Cor 4:2)

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much… 

Luke 16:11 Who will commit to your trust true riches. 

  1. EXAMPLES OF BUSINESS

1 Samuel 25 – Nabal  – a bad example

Matthew 20:1-16 – On keeping your word

Luke 12:15-21  – Greed and forgetting God

Nehemah – Leadership (Nehemiah 4)

Moses – Jethro and Moses on delegation (Exodus 18)

Boaz (Ruth 2)

Ruth 2:4 The way he greets his employees 

Ruth 2:8 He had instructed the young women

Ruth 2:9 He had charged the young men

  1. SPECIFIC PASSAGES ABOUT WORK

Ephesians 6:5-8 Employees

Ephesians 6:9 Bosses

Colossians 3:22-25 Employees

Colossians 4:1,2,5,6 Bosses

1 Timothy 6:1-3 Employees & Bosses

Titus 2:9-11 

HOW WE WORK IS A PROOF OF SALVATION

Titus 2:10 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

PURLOINING – 3557. νοσφζω nosphízō; fut. nosphísō, from nósphi (n.f.), apart, separated. In the NT, only in the mid. nosphízomai, to embezzle, keep back something which belongs to another (Acts 5:2, 3; Titus 2:10; Sept.: Josh. 7:1). Applied by Greek writers to embezzlement of public treasures.

Syn.: kléptō (G2813), to steal; aposteréō (G0650), to deprive by fraud.

Ant.: euergetéō (G2109), to do good.

FIDELITY – 4102. πστις pístis; gen. písteōs, fem. noun from peíthō (G3982), to win over, persuade. Faith. Subjectively meaning firm persuasion, conviction, belief in the truth, veracity, reality or faithfulness (though rare). Objectively meaning that which is believed, doctrine, the received articles of faith.

  1. PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

James 4:13-17 If The Lord will

1 Timothy 6:10 The love of money

  1. USING YOUR WEALTH

1 Timothy 6:6-8 Be content 

1 Timothy 6:9 Beware

1 Timothy 6:17 Trust God not wealth 

1 Timothy 6:18 Use your wealth for others 

1 Timothy 6:19 Invest in the future


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Why are Christians are so convinced that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Well you might ask, it’s an excellent question.

Our belief is laid on a very solid foundation. First of all we believe in divine revelation not just human discovery. In fact to learn about something outside of our sphere of experience we all accept we need information from a trustworthy source. If you are serious about discovering the truth – check the Bible out. It is a trustworthy source. Read it, check it’s sources, speak to those who believe it, look at it ‘s accuracy in every sphere it touches. There can only be one answer to the question of the origin of a book that was written over one thousand five hundred years by forty different authors, many of whom did not even know each other. The Bible is God’s message to mankind.

Secondly check the facts concerning Jesus Christ. There are over three hundred signposts (biblical predictions/prophecies) which point to him. The chances of them all being fulfilled precisely in the life of one person, at the right time, in the right place are mindblowing odds apart from this fact – God planned it and implemented His plan in a person – His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts the mode of his conception, the place of his birth, his exile into Egypt, the slaughtering of the innocents, the gifts from the magi and lots more.

Finally look at the prediction about the way that Jesus would die. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 52 describe the horrific death of God’s Son a cross. Death by crucifixion was unknown when Psalm 22 was written about 1000 years before the death of Jesus but God knew that was the way that His Son would die.

In closing please listen again to the words of the angels who announced the birth of the Lord Jesus ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord’. Is he your Saviour? He died ‘for our sins’. He suffered ‘the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God’. Will you rest by faith on what the Lord Jesus did to save your soul?