Worship Guide for September 13
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1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
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Summary: Paul reminds the Thessalonians to please God through holy living. This instruction is not unique to Paul; it goes all the way back to the expectations associated with the Old Covenant. What is new is that believers now have the promised Spirit, who empowers us to live obediently, something which Israel often struggled.
Review and Apply:
What is the significance of the placement of this passage between 3:1-13 and 4:1-5:11?
What does the idiom “walk” convey about how we are to live? Is there any area of our lives that are exempt from holiness? (v. 1)
Explain what it means to abstain from sexual immorality? What are some examples of the way Israel was beset by this sin? (v. 3)
What are the repercussions of living in sexual immorality? (vv. 4-6) Your response should take into consideration that “the Lord is an avenger” (v. 6).
Why does Paul say that our abstaining from sexual immorality, which entails “controlling our bodies,” is “not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles? (vv. 4-5) More to the point, with whose ethical norms does Paul want us to associate ourselves, over against those of the Gentiles?
How does the Holy Spirit enabled us to love one another? (vv. 8-10) What are some examples of how the Spirit has empowered you to love others?
What are some ways in which we can “live quietly,” “to mind our own affairs,” and “to work with our hands” before unbelievers? What effect should the way we live have on unbelievers? (v. 11).
Share some examples of how God has used your witness (in word and in deed) to draw others to follow Jesus?