Summary: To show that even our ambition must be Word-based.
What is your ambition in life?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that even our ambition must be Word-based.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 (Amplified Bible)
To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you,
Our ambition must be Word-based.
My 3 fold ambition
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 49 to 54 B.C. but uncertain
C. Purpose: to comfort believers and encourage them to a life of purity
D. To whom written: Thessalonica church
E. Main themes: Most personal of all of Paul's epistles
F. Keyword: Sanctification
1 Thessalonians 4:3 (Amplified Bible)
For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,
G. Key verses:
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (Amplified Bible)
And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you,
So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (Amplified Bible)
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first.
Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!
Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. To lead a quiet life
"To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully"
Ecclesiastes 4:6 (Amplified Bible)
Better is a handful with quietness than both hands full with painful effort, a vain striving after the wind and a feeding on it.
Proverbs 17:1 (Amplified Bible)
BETTER IS a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting [on offered sacrifices] with strife.
1 Timothy 2:2 (Amplified Bible)
For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.
1 Peter 3:4 (Amplified Bible)
But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.
Make it our ambition to live a peaceful and quiet life, a rich, wealthy life is good but make sure it's one that is quiet not a loud life.
B. To mind my own business