Resources and Notes for this Sunday's Message
Ephesians 6 – “The Workplace” October 10, 2021
Summary: In the workplace, the world's view of work is to perform our daily tasks in order to please our employer, further our career, and make more money. But what if, in the workplace, we chose to aim higher and instead put our heart and soul into our work, as though we were doing it for the Lord Himself and not merely for others. Do you think it would make a difference? Join us as we continue Ephesians 6 - "The Workplace."
Key Scripture (Ephesians 6:5-9): Slaves, obey your masters here on earth. Respect them and honor them with a heart that is true. Obey them just as you would obey Christ. Don’t obey them only to please them when they are watching. Do it because you are slaves of Christ. Be sure your heart does what God wants. Serve your masters with all your heart. Work as serving the Lord and not as serving people. You know that the Lord will give each person a reward. He will give to them in keeping with the good they do. It doesn’t matter whether they are a slave or not. Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. When you warn them, don’t be too hard on them. You know that the God who is their Master and yours is in heaven. And he treats everyone the same.
All scripture references are NASB, unless noted otherwise.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men….
Responsibilities of the Employee:
Know who you work for
Ephesians 6:5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ;
Know why you work
Ephesians 6:6 …not by way of eye service, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.
Know what the wages are
Ephesians 6:7-8 With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.
Titus 2:9-10 Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.
Responsibilities of the Employer:
Share in the welfare of the workers
Ephesians 6:9a And masters, do the same things to them…
Seek to always be fair
Ephesians 6:9b …and give up threatening….
Submit to the Lord
Ephesians 6:9c …knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.