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Summary: To show that we are self-controlled, wearing the armor of light and assurance of our salvation for the Day draws near.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you belong to the day?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we are self-controlled, wearing the armor of light and assurance of our salvation for the Day draws near.

IV. TEXT:

1 Thessalonians 5:8 (Amplified Bible)

But we belong to the day; therefore, let us be sober and put on the breastplate (corslet) of faith and love and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

V. THESIS:

We are self-controlled, wearing the armor of light and assurance of our salvation for the Day draws near.

VI. TITLE:

We belong to the day

VII. EXPLICATION:

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. Be self-controlled

"But we belong to the day; therefore, let us be sober"

Be self-controlled is like being sober, meaning "abstaining from wine", "discreet", "watch"

1 Thessalonians 5:6 (Amplified Bible)

Accordingly then, let us not sleep, as the rest do, but let us keep wide awake (alert, watchful, cautious, and on our guard) and let us be sober (calm, collected, and circumspect).

2 Timothy 4:5 (Amplified Bible)

As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.

1 Peter 5:8 (Amplified Bible)

Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.

Our balanced came from our being temperate, sober of mind and that is our day to day decision, we choose to live like that as belonging to the day.


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