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2Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

CHRIST HONORING LEADERSHIP            Page 6

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 of Christ”.

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 believer’s 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 of Christ”?

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 God’s 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 Lord’s help.
cf. 2Thessalonians 1:4

EXTRICATE

** 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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