Highlight Paul’s teachings on dignity of labour and give the roles of the church in encourage productivity among christians

  • Paul commanded the
    Thessalonian brethren to keep away from any brother who lives in idleness and
    laziness, 
  • Paul and his companions were not idle when they were with
    the Thessalonians. 
  • They did not defraud anybody, but toiled and laboured
    to earn a living. 
  • They were not a burden to the Thessalonians. 
  • Apostle Paul and his associates had a right, as ministers of the gospel, to be
    sustained by the Church, 
  • Yet, they chose to lay an example for them
    to emulate, 
  • They commanded, “if any one will not work, let
    him not eat”. 
  • He encouraged such people to lay hands on
    something to do. 
  • They should not be tired of doing good, 
  • They
    should have nothing to do with lazy brothers other than to warn them, in love,
    as brothers,  

Roles of the Church: 

  1. The Church like NGOs can
    establish old people’s homes, health centres and engage young school
    leavers to work and earn a living, 
  2. Some youths
    have no certificates for gainful employment. The Church can train them in
    various trades of their choice, 
  3. Churches should establish counselling
    units for their teeming youth, bringing in resource persons, 
  4. Proper
    teaching of the scriptures helps to reform the youth, who otherwise could have
    strayed, 
  5. The uneducated youth in the Church could be sponsored to learn to
    read and write at least. 
  6. Church can organise a quasi-trade fair to
    advertise and market the products of artisans and tradesmen in the Church.

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