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1Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson Four

BOUNTY IN CHRIST           Page 6

V.20 ** As Paul closes out this very emotional portion of his letter, how does he describe his "Bounty in Christ" which has been gained through the Thessalonians?

They are his "glory and joy"! Two terms, one speaking of an external radiance and the other referring to an internal, abundant, satisfaction.

The Thessalonians had a very large and observable impact upon the heart and life of Paul.

EXTRICATE

** What was the Thessalonians' view of Paul's gospel?

They heard it and received it as the word of God, and not as the mere opinions of men.

** According to verse 14 in our passage today, how did they respond to the authority of God's word?

They lived obediently to it, even willing to suffer persecution from those who lived around them.

DELINEATE

** What were the three methods, used by Satan, to try and thwart the victorious lives of Christians?

Hating - Acts 17:5-9
Tempting - Matthew 4:10, 16:22-23
Testing - Job 1:6-12

EVALUATE

** We know that God's word has prepared us for victory, so what must we do if we wish to experience the same "Bounty in Christ" as did Paul?

We must:
1. Proclaim God's word for what it is!
2. Thank God for those who receive it as His word.
3. Treasure the work of God in the hearts of others, with whom we were privileged to share.

ACTIVATE

** What is going to have to happen to our own thinking before we can experience this type of "bounty" in our lives?

We must consider it to be our greatest prize, our hope, joy and crown of exultation! (V.19)

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