SERIES: White Collar Sins
MESSAGE: The Lazy Life of the Couch Potato
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 6:6-11;Romans 12:11

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The first in our list of White Collar Sins will be laziness—showing a lack of effort or energy, the unwillingness to act or, in some cases, even care. Though many would smirk at this as being petty or trivial (after all there are much worse things in the world), the Bible itself addresses it as being substantial since many other lives can be affected by it. Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in chains.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: January 21, 2018
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Lazy Life of the Couch Potato"
Text: Proverbs 6:6-11; Proverbs 24:30-34; Romans 12:11

Path

The first in our list of White Collar Sins is laziness—showing a lack of effort or energy, the unwillingness to act or, in some cases, even care. Though many would smirk at this as being petty or trivial (after all, there are much worse things in the world), the Bible itself addresses it as being substantial since many other lives can be affected by it. Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in chains. Pastor Skip defined laziness, its effects, and its cure:

  1. What Laziness Is (Proverbs 6:11)
  2. What Laziness Isn't (Proverbs 6:10)
  3. What Laziness Does (Proverbs 6:6-10 & Selected)
  4. What Laziness Needs (Romans 12:11)
Points

What Laziness Is
What Laziness Isn't
What Laziness Does
What Laziness Needs
Practice

Connect Up: How does a work-filled life reflect the Lord? Why do you think the Lord created work? Conversely, why did the Lord create—and demonstrate—rest (see Genesis 1)? How do the two go hand in hand?

Connect In: How does the church benefit from working people? How does the church benefit from resting people?

Connect Out: Should evangelism be considered work? Why or why not? If you think it is work, what makes it so? If it is a pleasure, why? If both, describe your thoughts.

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. God takes laziness very seriously
      1. One of the sins for which God judged Sodom was laziness (see Ezekiel 16:49)
      2. It also goes by the term sloth
      3. Seven deadly sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth
        1. Compiled by Pope Gregory I in AD 600
        2. The Catholic Church taught them as the unforgivable sins
        3. This is incorrect, as all sin can be forgiven save the blasphemy of the Spirit (see Matthew 12:31)
    2. White collar sins
      1. Sins that many people see as not that bad
      2. Gossip, selfishness, bitterness, anger, gluttony, prayerlessness, envy
    3. Social scientists have noted that Americans are becoming addicted to entertainment and leisure
      1. Binge-watching
      2. Needing to have a screen in front of us
    4. The book of Proverbs especially deals with laziness
      1. Nineteen verses on the topic
      2. The Proverbs were written by Solomon
      3. Short sayings based on long experiences
      4. God's advice
  2. What Laziness Is (Proverbs 6:11)
    1. Proverbs 24:30-34
    2. God's creation ought to be a classroom
      1. It will give us lessons about God (see Psalm 19:1)
      2. Solomon challenged the reader to look at the ants
        1. Solomon praised the ants for their work ethic
        2. He wrote Proverbs for his son
      3. Solomon stated that lack of diligence leads to poverty
    3. Sluggard
      1. Atsel = sluggish
      2. Hater of work
    4. Solomon was speaking to the mal-employed
      1. The actively disengaged
      2. Work was something that came before the fall
        1. It is not a curse
        2. God gave Adam a job (see Genesis 2:15)
  3. What Laziness Isn't (Proverbs 6:10)
    1. It is not leisure
      1. There is a time for resting activities (see Ecclesiastes 3:3, 7)
      2. We need time to be free of work
      3. Time to spare spares the soul
    2. This is why God commanded us to take the Sabbath (see Exodus 20:8-11)
      1. Shabbat = Sabbath
      2. Also means intermission
      3. God wants us to rest; it restores our soul (see Psalm 23:2-3)
  4. What Laziness Does (Proverbs 6:6-10 & Selected)
    1. A lazy person will not focus on the task at hand
      1. Cannot give a set time when a task will be complete
      2. Distracted by useless things
    2. A lazy person will not finish what he started
      1. Starts with the right intentions but never finishes
      2. Proverbs 12:27; 19:24
      3. Always has an excuse for why he won't finish
    3. A lazy person lives an unfulfilled life
      1. The result will be poverty, restlessness, dissatisfaction, and discouragement (see Proverbs 13:4; 21:25)
      2. Unfulfilled appetites and desires
  5. What Laziness Needs (Romans 12:11)
    1. Diligence (see Proverbs 12:24)
    2. Serve the Lord enthusiastically (see Ephesians 6:7)
      1. Work as though you are working for the Lord, not for people
      2. Enthusiasm to the boiling point
      3. Everything in life changes when you bring God into the picture
      4. Our work should reflect our heavenly Father
  6. Closing
    1. Although we are not saved by works, we are evaluated by the work we've done since being saved (1 Corinthians 3:13-15)
    2. Purpose to have more to show God when you get to heaven than your Netflix account
Figures referenced: Benjamin Franklin, Pope Gregory I, Antonio Stradivari, Billy Sunday

Hebrew words: atsel, shabbat

Cross references: Genesis 2:15; Exodus 20:8-11; Ezekiel 16:49; Psalm 19:1; 23:2-3; Proverbs 6:6-11; 12:24, 27; 13:4; 19:24; 21:25; Ecclesiastes 3:3, 7; Matthew 12:31; Romans 12:9-11; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15; Ephesians 6:7

Topic: Laziness

Keywords: laziness, sloth, seven deadly sins, proverbs, leisure, rest, work, excuses, diligence


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