In a study of 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24 tonight, this is the outline I will share with them tonight. I would like to share that with you as well.
When The Gospel Takes Over
(1 Thessalonians 5:12-24)
When the average Christian asks, “What is God’s will for my life?” they begin with thinking on a large scale (foreign missions, the ministry, going to seminary, etc.). Yet we must be faithful in little before God will entrust us with much.
The question is: when the Gospel takes over in a Christian life, what does it look like?
1. Respect the leadership of your church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13a).
- As long as they are faithful to the Word and faithful in the world, respect and pray for your spiritual leaders in the church.
2. Be at rest among yourselves and your fellow believers. (1 Thessalonians 5:13b).
- Peace leaves the church when selfishness takes over (James 4:13).
3. Reprove those who need motivating (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
- “Stand-by” Christianity must not exist amongst our people. Each member of the body of Christ must be active, not idle, and be strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10).
4. Repay no one evil for evil (1 Thessalonians 5:15).
- As we minister, we do so seeking to honor Christ. Some may reject our ministry attempts, but as servants of Christ we exalt him regardless of the response of others.
5. Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16).
- Our joy in Jesus must be one of the defining characteristics of our Christian life.
6. Make your requests known to God continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
- The people of God must be a people of prayer. Our lives must be a continual prayer to God — the communion must never stop!
7. Be ruled by the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
- To ‘quench’ means to douse or extinguish. We must be so governed by the Spirit that our sin must never quench the Spirit’s work (Ephesians 5:15-21).
8. Regard the Word of God above all (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).
- The Word of God is our filter. Some come along to “tickle itching ears,” sounding so good and so spiritual. The Word of God is our standard for truth — test everything!!
9. Remove yourself from every form of evil (5:22).
- Avoid a “Showcase Showdown” lifestyle: Instead of going up to the line of evil and getting as close as we can without going over, stay as far away from that line as possible.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
(1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, ESV)
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