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1Thessalonians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

MOTIVATE (cont'd.)

** What is our responsibility in this area of sanctification? Paul is going to answer that question over the next three weeks, as he instructs the Thessalonians and us as well.

He is going to address the need for our:

SANCTIFIED BEHAVIOR - 1Thessalonians 4:1-8
PROPER BEHAVIOR - 1Thessalonians 4:9-12
COMFORTING BEHAVIOR - 1Thessalonians 4:13-18

Let's begin for today by reading our passage in 1Thessalonians 4:1-8 to learn about our "Sanctified Behavior" and for whom we are to so live.

Read passage (V.1-8)

Opening Prayer

Sanctified Behavior


V. 1 ** What is it about the opening of Paul's thoughts for today that indicates a new direction?

He begins with "Finally then, brethren..." Paul is making a major shift in his thinking. In chapter one he focused on the strong witness of the faith which the Thessalonians held. In chapter two he spoke of the excellence of his ministry to them and their mutual love for one another. In chapter three Paul affirmed that their faith was still standing and expressed his love for them through earnest, unrelenting prayer.

** After sharing all of that with the Thessalonians, what does Paul now do?

He makes a request and exhorts them to follow it!

** Generally speaking, what was the heart of Paul's request here in verse one?

That they would "excel still more" in their efforts to please God in their daily walk with Him.

** Had the Thessalonians already been instructed as to how they could do that?

Sure! "...as you received from us instruction..."

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