These are a reminder for us to pray for
LOVE & HOLINESS.
We’re excited about what God is doing!
Note: In the next two weeks Dan’s sermons will focus on parts of Chapters 4 and 5. In the email study we will focus this week on Chapter 4, then next week on chapter 5. If you have time, please read ahead to Chapter 5 for this week’s sermon.
Sanctification through Growth in Holiness
Please read with us in Chapter 4. As we know from prior chapters Paul has a great affection for the people in Thessalonica and prays for their spiritual development (1 Thess 3:10). Paul is encouraged by the ways that the Thessalonians have grown since his hasty departure and show great love for one another. Keeping this context in mind is important as we go into Chapter 4.
- Paul encourages the Thessalonians in their (and subsequently our) growth in holiness in v.1-12. This is similar to Paul’s instruction in 1 Cor. 6:9-10 and Col. 3:5. As you read through these verses what stands out to you? Paul’s goal is our growth based on the grace we have received. We are no longer slaves to sin (Rom 6:6), but purchasing us was at a cost, as 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “…You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
- Paul ends this section (v.13-18) with clarification on what happens to the dead when Christ returns. Explain what he is saying in v.15 in your own words. What do you find encouraging about this section? How does this change your perspective on this temporary life?