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1Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

BOLD IN CHRIST            Page 5
V. 4 (cont'd.)

** As our study draws to a close, can you find a good reason for maintaining a pure heart motive in all that you do for the Lord?

God examines our hearts not our deeds! Our deeds are only acceptable when they are produced by a pure heart before a holy God! This should be very compelling when we consider how we speak, how we think and how we act. cf. 1Corinthians 4:5, Luke 6:45, Matthew 12:34-37

** If we hope to be "Bold in Christ", what must we leave open to God's inspection at all times?

The motive of our hearts - that we might speak the true gospel which has been entrusted to us. That is exactly why we spend so much time in the word of God, so that He can show us our hearts when we miss the mark. cf. Hebrews 4:12


** What element of the Christian life did Paul introduce to us in our passage for today, that is not a very popular theme in today's form of Christianity?

The calling to suffer for the sake of the gospel. cf. 1Peter 2:21

** What were some very wrong motives portrayed for us by Paul - ones we would do well to avoid?

1) error
2) impurity
3) deceit
4) men pleasing (Acts 4:19, 5:29)


** Why are Christians bold?

They have been "approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel"!

** How can we develop or increase our boldness? What is to be our motivation?

To please our gracious God, rather than men!
(Another way to view this is to avoid peer pressure by following the Spirit's prompting.)

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