Scripture: I Thessalonians 4

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Living To Please God

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 (WEB) 1 Finally then, brothers, we beg and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, that you abound more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality, that each one of you know how to control his own body in sanctification and honor, not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who don’t know God, that no one should take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister in this matter; because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified. For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification. Therefore he who rejects this doesn’t reject man, but God, who has also given His Holy Spirit to you.  But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one writes to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another, 10 for indeed you do it toward all the brothers who are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you, brothers, that you abound more and more; 11 and that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, even as we instructed you; 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and may have need of nothing.

Questions and Answers:

1.Of what did Paul encourage the Thessalonian believers (I Thessalonians 4:1)? Paul encouraged the Thessalonian believers to successfully live in the way that would please God.

2. What were Paul’s instructions to them (I Thessalonians 4:2-7)? They were to abstain from sexual immorality; know how to control their own body in sanctification and honor; and not take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister.

3. Who is being rejected when these things are done (I Thessalonians 4:8a)? God is being rejected.

4. What has God given to us and what has He taught us (I Thessalonians 4:8b)? God has given us the Holy Spirit.   God has taught us to love one another.

5. How did Paul say the Thessalonian believers should live (I Thessalonians 4:11-12)? Paul said they should lead a quiet life, do their own business, and work with their own hands, so that they might walk properly toward those who are outside the faith and might have need of nothing.  

The Coming Of The Lord

I Thessalonians 4:13-18 (WEB) 13 But we don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don’t grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, 17 then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Questions and Answers:

1. About what did Paul want the Thessalonian believers to know (I Thessalonians 4:13)? Paul wanted them to know about those who had fallen asleep (died physically).

2. What did Paul say (I Thessalonians 4:14-17)? Paul said “We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.  According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with aloud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

3. What did Paul tell the Thessalonians to do with what he said (I Thessalonians 4:18)? Paul told them to comfort one another with his words.

HEAR the WORD

I Thessalonians 4:3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified …

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  My Bible notes: Being sanctified or made holy is the process of living the Christ life.  The Holy Spirit works in us, conforming us into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Thessalonians 4:11-12 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands … so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We must be responsible in all areas of our life.  That is knowing and doing God’s will.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We can’t be effective in sharing our faith with others if others see us as lazy and not working to provide for ourself and our family.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will live lives that please You (I Thessalonians 4:1).  Lord, I pray we will live sanctified lives (I Thessalonians 4:3-6).  Lord, I pray we will live holy lives (I Thessalonians 4:7).  Thank You Lord for the Holy Spirit (I Thessalonians 4:8). Lord, I pray we will love one another (I Thessalonians 4:9).  Lord, I pray we will make it our ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind our own business and to work with our hands so that our daily life will win the respect of those outside the church and so we can support ourselves and our family (I Thessalonians 4:11-12). Lord, I pray we will keep our eyes on the sky for Jesus’ return (I Thessalonians 4:13-17).  In His name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I believe in Jesus’ return and our home in heaven.” <>< Dona