Chapter Three, Lesson One
CHRIST HONORING LEADERSHIP Page
V. 5 ** As Paul continues to humble himself, and
exalt the walk of the Thessalonians with the Lord, what two things make
up his desire for them?
1) That the Lord would direct their hearts into the love of God...
2) That the Lord would direct their hearts into the steadfastness
This is the third time Paul has prayed for their hearts. It becomes
quite obvious that a relationship with Christ will always come down
to the issue of the heart.
cf. 1Thessalonians 3:13, 2Thessalonians 2:17, Ephesians 3:17-19
** What happens to a believers lifestyle as he is directed into
the love of God?
Obedience results - the more we love Him, the more we desire to glorify
Him in our heartfelt obedience. cf. John 14:15 If you love me...
John 15:14 ...if you do what I command you.
** What does Paul mean by being directed into the steadfastness
By the direction of the Holy Spirit and the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, we are made able to stand firm in the truth of Gods Word.
cf. 2Timothy 4:7
** Had the Thessalonians already displayed this God-given ability in
their walk with the Lord through faith?
Yes - They are merely being encouraged to continue, with the Lords
cf. 2Thessalonians 1:4
** As we consider the author of this passage, what characteristic made
him stand out as an example of Christ Honoring Leadership?
He continually displayed genuine humility, although chosen by Christ
Himself to be an apostle.(Acts 9:15)
** How did we see the genuine humility of Paul today?
1) Exposing his potential weakness to them.
2) Asking for prayer.
3) Identifying with his reader as equals before God.
4) Being dependent on them for his victory.
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