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1Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

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V. 2 (cont'd.)

** If he was not discouraged by his suffering, what impact did it have on his desire to witness for God's truth?

It proved his faith to be genuine and strengthened his resolve to live for the gospel message.
cf. 2Corinthians 4:6-11, Galatians 6:17

** Still here in verse two, from where does Paul's boldness come?

From God Himself! cf.2Corinthians 12:9, Ephesians 3:16, Philippians 4:13

** For what is that boldness to be used, according to this verse?

For speaking "the gospel of God..."

** Is that only when it is easy and widely accepted?

No - but specifically when there is "much opposition". Our boldness is most effective when confronted by the test of worldly opposition!

V. 3 ** As we move into verse three, Paul refers to his "exhortation" of the Thessalonians. What does that word mean?

"paraklesis" - lit. "a calling to one's aid", it speaks of encouragement or comfort.

** What was the content of Paul's exhortation?

The gospel of God from verse two!

** If we were to understand the source of Paul's exhortation, where would we know that it was not from? What three sources are ruled out by Paul?

1) error - Paul was approved by God! (V.4) cf. 1Timothy 1:6-7 and Galatians 1:1, 11

2) impurity - lit."uncleanness", can denote a moral impurity. cf.V.5-6 and Matthew 23:25-27

3) deceit - this is speaking of evil motives! cf. V.8 (fond affection) with Acts 13:4-12

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