Idleness is a serious distraction, so let’s take serious the things of God.
1) The Seriousness of Idleness (3:6, 14-15)
it disobeys Scripture (3:6)
It ignores God’s good design for work (3:6, Genesis 1-2)
it distracts us from loving and providing for oneself and others (3:11-12)
And it wastes time without reference to God (3:11, 2 Thess 1:11-12)
2) The Witness against Idleness (3:7-9)
Paul's hard work (3:7-8)
Paul's loving motivation (3:7-9)
Paul's Gospel Conduct (3:6,8 - 1 Thess 2:9-12)
3) The Weariness caused by Idleness (3:13)
I. If you want something to complain about, you can always find it in your circumstances. The background to this letter to Thessalonica. Acts 17:1-10
II. If you want something to be hopeful about, there is no end to hope in Jesus. Overview of the letter.
III. If you want something to be thankful for, learn to pray like Paul. 1 Thess 1:1-3