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Gods plan in the workplace Ephesians 6:5-9 Message 4 in our 5-part series on Ephesians 5 & 6. Sunday, February 10, 2013 Speaker: Gord Hambly.

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1 Gods plan in the workplace Ephesians 6:5-9 Message 4 in our 5-part series on Ephesians 5 & 6. Sunday, February 10, 2013 Speaker: Gord Hambly

2 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21 NIV

3 Old-Testament Ways for Hebrews to Acquire Slaves As prisoners of war [Num. 31:7-9] By purchase [Lev. 25:44] By gift [Gen. 29:24] By accepting a person in lieu of a debt [Lev. 25:39] By birth from slaves already possessed [Exod. 21:4] By arrest if the thief had nothing to pay for the object stolen [Exod. 22:2-3] By the voluntary decision of the person wanting to be a slave [Exod. 21:6] Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, 1963

4 Epitaphs record at least 55 different jobs a household slave might have, including barber, butler, cook, hairdresser, handmaid, wet nurse or nursery attendant, teacher, secretary, seamstress, accountant, and physician. A large elite household might be supported by a staff of hundreds. …Household slaves likely enjoyed the highest standard of living among Roman slaves, next to publicly owned slaves [slaves working for the government], who were not subject to the whims of a single master. …In urban workplaces, the occupations of slaves included fullers, engravers, shoemakers, bakers, mule drivers, and prostitutes… Farm slaves probably lived in more healthful conditions. Roman agricultural writers expect that the workforce of a farm will be mostly slaves...Slaves numbering in the tens of thousands were condemned to work in the mines or quarries, where conditions were notoriously brutal. Slavery in Ancient Rome Wikipedia

5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Ephesians 6:5 NIV

6 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 1 Peter 2:18 NIV

7 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Ephesians 6:6-8 NIV

8 Why Obey? To win the favour of their master You are a slave of Christ Youre serving the Lord [and not just man] The Lord will reward good deeds

9 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. Titus 2:9,10 NIV

10 Why Obey? To win the favour of their master You are a slave of Christ Youre serving the Lord [and not just man] The Lord will reward good deeds To show you can be trusted To make the teaching about God more attractive

11 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. Ephesians 6:9 NIV

12 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 NIV

13 John Newton

14 Thomas Jefferson

15 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. Colossians 3:22-25 NIV

16 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. Ephesians 6:7 NIV Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23 NIV

17 AMAZING GREAT PHENOMINAL!!!! to bad hes retioring ratemyteachers.com

18 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 NIV

19 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that Gods name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. 1 Timothy 6:1, 2 NIV

20 Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. Titus 2:9,10 NIV

21 1.As slaves of Christ, Christians are ultimately serving the Lord, not men. Therefore, a)remember this to get through tough times b)don t work so hard that you ignore relationships and people 2.Treat people fairly and with respect. a)apologize when youre wrong, even to your kids, subordinates and especially to your spouse b)apologize even if youve been misunderstood; accept apologies graciously and practice forgiveness c) show appreciation to people for a job well done; encourage them personally when theyve really gone the second mile.


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