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2Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two


V. 8 ** Paul now gives a second reason for the Thessalonians’ obligatory need to follow his example. What is it?

He paid his own way! “...nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it...”

** Besides preaching the gospel, teaching the saints and caring for those who travel with him, how hard was Paul willing to work in order to pay his own way?

“...we kept working night and day...”

** Paul willingly endured this “labor and hardship” for one extremely important reason. Do you see it here at the end of verse eight?

“...so that we might not be a burden to any of you”

** Do you think that Paul is saying he never accepted hospitality or the gift of a meal?

No - the key to understanding his point is in the word “burden”. Epibareo literally means “to put a burden on” and Paul did not want his life to be undisciplined to the point where someone else would have to take the burden of his support upon their shoulders.

** So, he was more than willing to work hard. Again, how did that compare to the folks in verse 11?

They were “doing no work at all”! They had become a burden to everyone else.
Remember -1Thessalonians 4:9-12

V. 9 ** As an apostle of Jesus Christ and a preacher of the gospel, did Paul have a right to be fed without keeping a secular job?

Absolutely - 1Timothy 5:17-18 “double honor”
Luke 10:3-8 “the laborer is worthy of his wages”

This is the reason our fellowship supports our pastoral staff. That they are free to minister full time among us for the building up of the saints and the advancement of the Kingdom.

** So, if Paul did not have to work for a living, why did he choose to work “night and day” while among these baby Christians in Thessalonica?

“...in order to offer ourselves as a model for you”

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