April 28, 2019

1 Thessalonians 4

April 28, 2019 • Pastor Josh Kee • Thriving According To God's Design

Title: Thriving in Purity and Love Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4 Summary: This week we will look at Paul's exhortation to the believers at Thessalonica to live holy lives and to love one another in light of the reality that Jesus is coming again. Our understanding of the end times should, 1) have a purifying effect on us as individuals and 2) compel us to excel in loving our brothers and sisters in Christ. We have the true great hope as Christians and it serves us well now to consider what God has revealed about the end of this life. Outline: I. Living to please God (4:1-12) A. God's will for sexual purity (vv. 3-8) 1. Self-control is the expectation of every believer (vv. 3-5) 2. Individual sexual conduct effects the community (v. 6) 3. Somber warning (vv. 6-8) 4. Glorious call to holiness (v. 7) B. God's will in loving the community of faith (vv. 9-12) 1. Excel in love (vv. 9-10) 2. Live wisely (vv. 11-12) a. Live quietly b. Mind your business c. Work hard II. Living with the end in mind (4:13-18) A. Informed hope B. Confidence for the end C. Encouragement for today Discussion Q's: 1. Is there any area where you are confused about God's will for your life? 2. Are you living a sexually pure life (in thought, desire, and behavior)? a. Where are you not sexually pure? Where are you justifying impurity? b. How should Paul's exhortation and warning motivate sexual purity? c. If the Holy Spirit has brought conviction in any area, you should be encouraged that you are treated as a child of God and God's desire is to apply grace and forgiveness as you repent of, or turn from, your sexual sin. Who can help encourage you and provide accountability for the areas you are tempted to give into sexual sin? 3. How would you evaluate the depth of your love for other Christians? What evidence is there for or against your love? 4. Are you prone to struggle in any of these areas?: a. Living a quiet life (humility, meekness, gentleness) b. Minding your own business c. Working hard If you struggle, confess honestly before the Lord and ask him to change you by his grace in whatever area you struggle. 5. How does your understanding of the end of this life give you hope? a. How can you grow in your understanding of what God has told us is to come? b. Is your knowledge purifying you in the present to live holy and love others?

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