Work Hard, Pray Hard


Sun, Aug 14, 2022

Teacher: Cody Clark Series: Thessalonians (first and second) Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18

AUGUST 14, 2022

Thessalonians (First and second.)


The final chapter of 2 Thessalonians in a call to noble living and to adopting the high standard of godliness in order to glorify Jesus. The reality is everyone that has the gift of life has the potential to live with a purpose, or to waste their life entirely.

2 Thessalonians 3:1–18 (CSB)

1 In addition, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to God’s love and Christ’s endurance. 6 Now we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from every brother or sister who is idle and does not live according to the tradition received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you should imitate us: We were not idle among you; 8 we did not eat anyone’s food free of charge; instead, we labored and toiled, working night and day, so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 It is not that we don’t have the right to support, but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate us. 10 In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: “If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat.” 11 For we hear that there are some among you who are idle. They are not busy but busybodies. 12 Now we command and exhort such people by the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and provide for themselves. 13 But as for you, brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take note of that person; don’t associate with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet don’t consider him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. 16 May the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 17 I, Paul, am writing this greeting with my own hand, which is an authenticating mark in every letter; this is how I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Sermon Points:

Pray Hard (vv. 1-5)

What does Paul encourage us to pray for?

1a. Pray for Family (v. 1a)

1b. Pray that the Gospel world find new soil (v1.b)

1c. Pray that evil would be defeated (v.2-3)

1d. Pray to honor God, which produces endurance (v.4-5)

Work Hard (vv. 6-16)

What does working hard look like?

2a. Getting off your do-nothing to do something (vv.6-8)

2b. Worthy of imitation (v.9)

2c. Providing for yourself as long as you are able (v.10)

2d. Achieves tasks (v.11)

2e. Humble (v.12)

2f. Enduring (v.13)


“If we refuse to practice, it is not God’s grace that fails when a crisis comes, but our own nature … God regenerates us and puts us in contact with all His divine resources, but He cannot make us walk according to His will.”

Oswald Chambers.

Connection Card


1. I will commit to pray for the pastors, the leadership team, ministry leaders, and lifegroup leaders.

2. I will work hard because of my faith in Jesus.

3. I will honor God by being efficient and effective with the work I do for His Kingdom.



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