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Live in Submission at Work

September 27, 2020 Speaker: Michael Knight Series: The Epistle of 1 Peter

Topic: Submission, Work Passage: 1 Peter 2:18–2:25

Back in the Apostle Peter’s day, many Christians in the early church were slaves. In 1 Peter 2:18-25, Peter addresses how they should submit to their masters. We can apply these verses today to our modern workplaces as well.

1. God’s Command to Submit at Work (1 Peter 2:18)
• The Meaning of Submission
- “To subordinate; to put into subjection; to arrange yourself under; to obey.” (1 Peter 2:13)
• The Place of Submission
- We can replace the word “servant” with “employee” and the word “master” with "employer.”
- Christians should live submissively in the workplace.
• The Attitude of Submission
- Submit out of your love, reverence, and fear of God.
- Submit regardless of your boss’ character.
- Proper submission and fear of God causes you to have a proper submission to and reverence for your boss.
• Your struggle with submission is not with your boss but with God.

2. God’s Approval of Our Submission at Work (1 Peter 2:19-2 0)
• God finds favor with those who submit.
- Favor means God is pleased.
• God is pleased with those who submit.
• God gives enabling grace to those who submit.
• God is not pleased with those who fail to submit.
- Christians who sin deserve God’s chastening.
- Christians who sin should patiently endure God’s chastening hand. (Jeremiah 5:25; Hebrews 12:6-11)

Christian, God doesn’t promise an easy life. God uses difficult circumstances, sometimes to chasten, but always for our good and His glory.

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