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Summary: Paul, Sylvanus & Timothy expected the church at Thessalonica to excel in their Christian walk. What disciplines direct the life of an abounding Christian/church? 4 disciplines of an abounding Christian / Church.

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A WALK OF EXCELLENCE—1Thessalonians 4:1-12

In previous chapters/verses we have seen:

‘A Faith that Soothes the Soul’—1:1-10

‘A Ministry that Shepherds the Soul’—2:1-12

‘The Work of the Word’—2:13-16

‘The Undershepherd’s Chief Concern’—2:17-3:13

Now we will look at...

‘A Walk of Excellence’—4:1-12

Paul, Sylvanus & Timothy expected the church at Thessalonica to excel in their Christian walk.

The church of God is expected to excel/abound in their Christian walk.

What disciplines direct the life of an abounding Christian/church?

4 disciplines of an abounding Christian / Church.

1—A discipline of an abounding Christian/Church is....

One’s RECEPTIVITY(:1-2)

Explanation:(:1-2)

:1—"Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;”

“Finally”—??????—Remaining, the rest.

“Urge/Beseech/Request”—??????—To question; To ask—Denotes the form of a request.

“Exhort”—?????????—To call to one’s side, call for, summon; To address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.

“Abound/Excel”[See ‘Increase’ :10]—?????????—To exceed a fixed number of measure, to be left over & above a certain number or measure. Used of a flower going from bud to full bloom.

“More & more/Still more”—??????—More, to a greater degree, rather—Much, by far—Rather, sooner—More willingly, more readily, sooner.

“Ought”—???—It is necessary, there is need of, it behooves, is right & proper—Suggestive of moral obligation, denoting esp. that constrain which arises from divine appointment.

“Walk”—?????????—To walk—To make one’s way, progress; to make due use of opportunities—Hebrew for, to live——To regulate one’s life——To conduct one’s self——To pass one’s life.

“Please”—??????—To please; To strive to please—To accommodate one’s self to the opinions desires & interests of others.

:2—“for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.”

“Commandments”—??????????— Announcement, a proclaiming or giving a message to; A charge, a command.

Argumentation:

Jn. 1:12-13—“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Acts 2:36-41—““Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord & Christ--this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, & said to Peter & the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent, & let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; & you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “For the promise is for you & your children, & for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified & kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” So then, those who had received his word were baptized; & there were added that day about three thousand souls.”


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