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Summary: Part 3 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?

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A FAITH THAT SOOTHES THE SOUL-III—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(those accountable for keeping watch) soul or give him absolute freedom in which to operate?

A faith that soothes the soul is a faith that....

1. RECEIVES THE SENT(:1)

2. CHURCHES(:1)

3. REQUIRES GOD’S GRACE & PEACE(:1)

4. INHABITS PRAYERS(:2)

5. WORKS(:3)

6. LOVES(:3B)

7. HOPES(:3C)

8—A faith that soothes the soul is

A faith that FORGES FAMILY(:4a)

—Explanation:(:4a)

:4a—“knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you;”

“Brethren”—Men are considered heads of their families.

—Argumentation:

1Jn. 3:14-17—“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; & you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; & we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, & beholds his brother in need & closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

Rom. 12:10-13—“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.”

2Thes. 3:13-15—“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good. And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that man & do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame. And yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”

—Illustration:

Ducks/In line following after mother/Leading you to a place you’ve never been readying you for what that place holds

—Application:

?Your faith A FAMILY FAITH?

?Your faith soothe the soul of those whom God has placed over you?

9—A faith that soothes the soul is

A faith that CHOOSES/CHOSEN(:4b)

—Explanation:(:4b)

“knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you;”

“His choice of you”—

Jn. 15:15-16—“No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you, & appointed you, that you should go & bear fruit, & that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.”

*How was I chosen?...

...by my willingness to choose & obey God.

*Why did God choose me...

...Willing to believe Him & trust Him.

Josh. 24:14-15—“Now, therefore, fear the LORD & serve Him in sincerity & truth; & put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River & in Egypt, & serve the LORD. And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me & my house, we will serve the LORD.”


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