Posted: Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:13:18 +0000
Introduction1. Define, working class: “those employed in lower tier jobs (as measured by skill, education and lower incomes), often extending to those in unemployment or otherwise possessing below-average incomes.”
2. In the Bible there’s no such group as “working class”. However in it we find many people that fit into the above description.
3. Do you know these people though they are long gone have a three fold message about God and his love for those who toil and labor today? Let me take you 2000 years back in time.
1. God accepted themA. Shepherds were a poor, uneducated and rejected people group.
B. Yet they were the only ones to whom Christ’s birth was made known, (Luke 2:8-18).
C. Secondly, consider the Angels’ words “…a Savior has been born to you…”
2. God called themA. Twelve ordinary fishermen, depressed and violent, (Luke 5:2; Matthew 26:51)
B. God called them and gave them power, (John 20:22; Acts 1:8)
C. Three years later they turned the world upside down.
3. God became one of themA. Jesus picked to be a lowly carpenter instead of a king’s official.
B. Not a lowly profession yet people disregarded carpenters, (Mark 6:1-3)
C. He wanted to identify with the working class of his day.
Conclusion1. Salvation was first announced to the working class
A. Teens believe in communism because they are heartless. Men believe in communism because they are headless.
B. Communism can’t earn you any social acceptance, only Jesus does.
C. Communism can’t earn you any salvation, only Jesus does, (Matthew 11:28)
2. God’s first disciples were from the working class
A. The Bible says that God choose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, (1 Corinthians 1:27)
B. Illustrations in recent history: Azusa street revival and William Seymour the son of former slaves in Centerville, Louisiana.
C. God will use you for his glory beyond your wildest dreams if you make yourself available, (Luke 5:11)
3. God is fully aware of the struggles of the working class
A. God is aware of our struggles because while on earth he belonged to the working class.
B. He knows our financial struggles, issues at the work place, injustice we face at work.
C. Then obey God in all situations. Sometimes it may not make sense to us. However God knows the best and he has a miracle for you, (Luke 5:4-9).