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1Thessalonians, Chapter Five, Lesson Two

GOD'S GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT            Page 5
V.11 (cont'd.)

** What will be the impact of "God's Gift of Encouragement"?

We will build up one another - which is at the heart of our ministry.

cf. Romans 15:2 - "...for his good, to his edification."
2Corinthians 10:8 - "...for building you up..."
Ephesians 4:12 - "...to the building up of the body of Christ..."

** Do you think that this instruction was going to be hard for the Thessalonians to apply to their life?

No - "...just as you also are doing". It was already a common practice for them. They simply needed to "excel still more" in this area as well. cf. 1Thessalonians 4:1 and 10

EXTRICATE

** What behavioral patterns have we seen today which are to be avoided at all costs?

Not being prepared for the Lord - carousing in the realm of darkness.

** What were the things which Christians are to actively pursue in our passage?

Wearing our breastplate of faith in Christ and the love of God, as well as keeping our thinking protected by the helmet of hope, the certainty of our salvation based upon God's promise in His word.

DELINEATE

** Let's review the question which was asked at the beginning of today's study.

"When life gets difficult, when we feel like failures because of our battles with sin, what encouragement could there be to lift our hearts to the rejoicing attitude which we have been called to live out each day?"

What was the good news in verse nine from today's passage which enables us to give "God's Gift of Encouragement" to one another?

1) We are not destined for wrath! Praise the Lord!
2) We are destined to obtain salvation!

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