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Summary: Part 1 of a 6-part sermon. The faith of the Thessalonian Christians brought a thankfulness to God’s apostles, Paul, Silvanus & Timothy. What kind of faith soothes the apostle’s soul or give him absolute freedom in which to operate?

A FAITH THAT SOOTHES THE SOUL—Part I—1Thessalonians 1:1-10

The faith of the Thessalonian Christians brought a thankfulness to God’s apostles, Paul, Silvanus & Timothy.

A church’s faith can soothe the souls of God’s apostles/messengers/delegates.

The faith of a body of believers can soothe the soul of God’s apostles/messengers.

What kind of faith soothes the apostle’s soul or give him absolute freedom in which to operate?

1—A faith that soothes the soul is

A faith that RECEIVES THE SENT(:1)

—Explanation:(:1) Apostles

:1—“Paul & Silvanus & Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father & the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you & peace.”

“Paul”—

—Former persecutor of the church.

—Radically saved from eternal damnation & drafted into the service of the Lord on the road to Damascus while in the midst of a persecuting hunt for Christians.—Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-9,17-19.

—Writer of Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy,Titus, Philemon & possibly Hebrews.

“Silvanus”—It is believed to be the Latinized form of the Greek ‘Silas’.

—Silas was chosen by the Jerusalem Council—of apostles & elders— to go to Antioch as Paul’s traveling companion on his 2nd ‘missionary journey’.(Acts 15:40).

—Silvanus preached in Corith(2Cor. 1:19) & jailed at Philippi(Acts 16:19-23).

—Thru Silvanus, Peter wrote his letter to the Christians scattered thruout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, & Bithynia.(1Pet. 5:12).

“Timothy”—

—“The son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, & he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra & Iconium.”(Acts 16:1-2).

—Paul’s “true child in the faith”(1Tim. 1:2)

—Paul’s “beloved son” in the faith(2Tim. 1:2)

Acts 15:22— “Then it seemed good to the apostles & the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul & Barnabas--Judas called Barsabbas, & Silas, leading men among the brethren,...”

Acts 15:30-32— “So, when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; & having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. And Judas & Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged & strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.”

Acts. 15:36-41—:40— “But Paul chose Silas & departed, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.”

‘Apostle’—apostoloV— ‘A delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders.’

Destiny of apostles:

Rom. 1:5-6—Jesus Christ our Lord, “through whom we have received grace & apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name’s sake, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;”

—Argumentation:

Heb. 13:17—“Obey your leaders, & submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy & not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”

—Illustration:

Wahing machine dies/Call Mobley’s Furniture & Appliance/Robert C. from Mobley’s arrives at door to fix machine/I must receive him in order to have washing machine fixed/

Likewise, we must receive THE SENT OF GOD.

—Application:

?Your faith RECEIVE God’s SENT?

?Your faith soothe an apostle’s soul?

2—A faith that soothes the soul is

A faith that CHURCHES(:1)

—Explanation:(:1) brings believers together

:1—“Paul & Silvanus & Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father & the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you & peace.”

There are Thessalonians... & there are Christians who are only 1 segment of the Thessalonian population.

“Church”—ekklhsia—A gathering, company, or assembly of Christians. Carries the sense of deliberation in gathering for sharing common belief.

—Argumentation:

Heb. 10:24—“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; & let us consider how to stimulate one another to love & good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; & all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”

—Illustration:

Bees congregate together/Prepare for assignment outside the hive/CHURCHED

Mrs. Rivers—‘I’m so sick of organized religion’/Separation from the outward organizational trappings always removes one from the blessings contained within the organism.

—Application:

?Your faith a CHURCHED faith?

?Your faith a faith that would soothe an apostle’s soul?

3—A faith that soothes the soul is

A faith that REQUIRES GOD’S GRACE & PEACE(:1)

—Explanation:(:1) Demand/Need

:1—“Paul & Silvanus & Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father & the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you & peace.”

“Grace”—cariV—God’s favor & good will, which benefits & brings pleasure 7 delight to its object.

“Peace”—eirhnh—‘The tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, & so fearing nothing from God & content with its eartly lot.’—Thayer; Security, Safety, Prosperity, Harmony

Recognize NEED— for Grace & Peace

Willingly ACCEPT— Grace & Peace

—Argumentation:

2Cor. 12:9—“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”

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