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Summary: Part 5 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-V—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. Forges Family(:4a)

9. Chooses(:4b)

10. Speaks(:5a)

11. Enables(:5a)

12. Is Represented/Advocates(:5b)

13. Convicts(:5c)

14. Appreciates/Grows(:5d)

15—A faith that soothes the soul is

A faith that INTEGRATES(:6a)

—Explanation:(:6a)

:6—“You also became imitators of us & of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,”

“Imitators/Followers”—mimhthV—Mimic or imitate or reproduce certain characteristics of another in one’s self.

*Integration is abringing together of elements into a whole.

*Paul only expected or desired "imitation" as he himself imitated the Lord Jesus,...’ This imitation specifically consisted of the manner in which they received “the word” —of God &/OR the Gospel seeing as they were worthy of imitation themselves.

—Argumentation:

Ps. 133:1-3—“(A Song of Ascents, of David.) Behold, how good & how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing--life forever.”

1Cor. 12:27—“Now you are Christ’s body, & individually members of it.”

1Pet. 2:1-7—“Therefore, putting aside all malice & all guile & hypocrisy & envy & all slander, like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice & precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve, “THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,””

—Illustration:

Movie Production/Notice all the credits/Many different teams whose focus is in particular area done well/INTEGRATED into consistent whole—Movie!

—Application:

?Your faith a faith that INTEGRATES?

?Your faith soothe an apostle’s soul?

16—A faith that soothes the soul is

A faith that OBSERVES/WATCHES(:6)


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