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Walk Worthy (Sermon 4)

the term Walking worthy comes from Paul’s statement in
1 Thessalonians 2:12 AV
12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
1 Thessalonians 2:12 AV
12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
Our study looks at the book of 1 Thessalonians through the lens of this walking worthy of God
The term “walk” is a reference to behavior
As a believer you are to live in a such a way that your behavior matches your belief
The church in Thessalonica was founded during Paul’s second missionary journey
The church in Thessalonica was made up primarily of working class Gentiles
In the previous study we concluded Walking Worthy requires continued discipleship

Chapter 4

Beseech & Exhort

1 Thessalonians 4:1 AV
1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
1 Thessalonians
1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
Four chapters into the letter and Paul continues encouraging the believers to walk worth
Four chapters into the letter and Paul continues encouraging the believers to walk worth
Paul used two words to describe his passionate desire for these believers to walk worthy, what were they? beseech & exhort.
Beseech means to ask something of someone urgently and fervently
Exhort means to strongly encourage or urge someone to do something

Walking worthy requires obeying commands

1 Thessalonians 4:2 AV
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
Paul reminds the Thessalonians the commandments came through him but they came from the Lord Jesus
Anyone not obeying Jesus commands is NOT walking worthy of God

Walking worthy requires sexual purity

1 Thessalonians 4:3–5 AV
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
1 Thessalonians 4:3 AV
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
1 Thessalonians 4:3 AV
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
1 Thess 4:3-
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
Walking worthy is the will of God, but what did Paul mean by “even your sanctification”? B
(A). Walking worthy is how you earn your salvation
(B). Walking worthy is how you set yourself apart unto holiness
Sexual purity plays a vital role in matching our beliefs to our behaviors
1 Thessalonians 4:3–5 AV
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
1 Thess 4:3-5
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

Obstain

Walking Worthy requires honesty and integrity

Walking Worthy requires honesty and integrity

1 Thess 4:6
1 Thessalonians 4:6 AV
6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
As a Christian your integrity is a measuring stick to walking worthy
To defraud means to obtain something by deception.
As a Christian your integrity is a measuring stick to walking worthy
(True/False) It is possible to walk worthy by telling little white lies? False
(True/False) Christians are tempted (and sometimes do) use deception to obtain a better reputation than they deserve? True

Walking Worthy is God’s expectation for us

1 Thessalonians 4:7–8 AV
7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
The word “despiseth” means to reject, declare invalide, not recognize, ignore
Christians who reject a preachers call to walk worthy is guilty of rejecting God

Walking Worthy requires loving the Christian family

1 Thessalonians 4:9–10 AV
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. 10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. 10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
Paul called the believers at Thessalonica to walk worthy by loving the brethren of their region and beyond
Love is an action, therefore to love the brethren means being involved with them

Walking Worthy requires tending your own business

1 Thessalonians 4:11–12 AV
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
1 Thess 4:11-12
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
To “study” means to aspire
To “be quiet” means peaceful, calm, at rest
(True/False) Paul called on the believers to walk worthy by being busy about their own business, tending to their own needs? True
Walking worthy
(True/False) When Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica he clearly wanted to persuade them to Walk Worthy? True
(True/False) Paul’s clear instructions only applied to believers in Thessalonica, and today’s believers are free to figure out what walking worthy means to them? False
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