Summary: To show that we need to win souls to really live and be consistent in your attendances.
Do you have real life?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we need to win souls to really live and be consistent in your attendances.
1 Thessalonians 3:8 (Amplified Bible)
Because now we [really] live, if you stand [firm] in the Lord.
Being consistent is we stay with GOD, commits ourselves to Him, leans on GOD, and hopes confidently on GOD.
We really live
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. Live by the souls of men - We really live
"Because now we [really] live,"
1. Really live means "to live" (as verb), life, quick.
Usage in the Bible:
a. We are living sacrifice, to really live, is to be holy, well pleasing to GOD, which is the only reasonable life service and spiritual worship we can give to GOD.
Romans 12:1 (Amplified Bible)
I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
b. Real living is dedicated to only 1 GOD, you can't live at the same time under the Law and for GOD. You only choose to live to only one god.
Galatians 2:19 (Amplified Bible)
For I through the Law [under the operation of the curse of the Law] have [in Christ’s death for me] myself died to the Law and all the Law’s demands upon me, so that I may [henceforth] live to and for God.
Life in the Bible:
John 17:3 (Amplified Bible)
And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.
Real living on this earth is close relationship and revelational or experiental knowledge of GOD and of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
We need to be active in winning souls for GOD's Kingdom.
Romans 10:1 (Amplified Bible)
BRETHREN, [with all] my heart’s desire and goodwill for [Israel], I long and pray to God that they may be saved.
Paul's so-called technique is "he became all things to all men". The Message Bible puts it like "I've become just about every sort of servant there is" and the Living Bible puts it this way "I try to find common ground with him"
1 Corinthians 9:22 (Amplified Bible)
To the weak (wanting in discernment) I have become weak (wanting in discernment) that I might win the weak and overscrupulous. I have [in short] become all things to all men, that I might by all means (at all costs and in any and every way) save some [by winning them to faith in Jesus Christ].
1 Corinthians 9:22 (The Message)
the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn't take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I've become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life.