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2 Thess 1:1-4

2 Thess 1:1-4

Date:1/22/20

Category: Wednesday Bible Study

Passage: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4

Speaker: Dr. Wayne Barrett

LIVING THE CHRISTLIFE WAYNE BARRETT HILLTOP LAKES CHAPEL JANUARY 22, 2020
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.

—2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (ESV)

Greeting and Blessing Gracious, but short Perhaps a sign of familiarity, and/or of pressing circumstances

v 3 – we ought always to give thanks it is not flattery, “you deserve it”

Why is it deserved? Your faith is growing abundantly The love of every one of you for one another is increasing Of what age and circumstances were the Thessalonians? Of all ages and most every circumstance!

“Your faith is growing abundantly” What would be the indicators? He did not say your faith is “stable,” or “established”—but “growing abundantly” Is your faith growing abundantly? Is our church’s faith growing abundantly? What would be the indicators? Are you seeking to live by faith? Are you taking steps of faith that exercise faith and cause it to grow? Is our congregation seeking to live by faith? Are we taking steps of faith that exercise faith and cause it to grow?

Some possible indicators of growing abundantly in faith Growth in Christlikeness—a faithful and joyful spirit, even in difficult times An increasing depth to our relationship with God—and ability to trust Him and rejoice with thanksgiving Seeking God’s will in decision-making, and being obedient—even, especially, when we do not know how things will work out
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Following God’s call, even when we have no visible reassurances of security Being persistent and unrelenting in prayer and obedience to accomplish and obtain what God has called us to, even when all odds seem against it Fanciful thinking on our part is not “faith,” and “foolishness” is not faith—but walking by faith does require depending on God’s word and God’s power to do what would otherwise not be done.

The victory that overcomes the world is faith. (1 John 5:4) God has called us not faith, not fear. And without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)

Also: “the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” Is that true about you? Is that true about our church? How would it be manifested?

Some possible indicators of an increasing love Overcoming barriers that can separate us: racial, ethnic, financial, cultural, political Refusing to gossip or put people down in our speech Patience, kindness, forbearance—overlooking faults for the sake of Christ Growth in tangible expressions of love: giving and doing Growth in knowing how to show love to others and in doing so Becoming more and more proactive, not just reactive “Making it our business,” more and more, to show love to others

V 4 – Therefore, we ourselves boast about you! as in “you may boast about us—and we appreciate it—but we boast about you and your faith!” Marked especially by “steadfastness and faith” in very difficult times