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Macedonian CallPhilippiansThessalonians in the face of affliction and with joyApplication: Are we willing in such a way?
Subpoint: The Word, rightly divided. The Sword of TruthApplication: Make no mistake about it gentlemen if we go into our churches and rightly say, "Thus saith the Lord" both our people and ourselves will be convicted.Subpoint: Conviction of Paul as a pastor, not being with his people.Application: Brothers we desire a noble thing, this office this role of pastor, elder, herald, but we are so deeply misinformed if we think we can proclaim this gospel and not embody this gospel in our sacrificial love for our people. Evidence of fruit"The powerful work of the Spirit will have a powerful outworking in our lives."Faith, Hope and Love — Evidences of the Spirit.Grace is opposed to earning... not effort—Dallas Willard.
From idol worshippers, estranged from the family of God—To coheirs with Christ. And once more the Spirit precedes and proceeds from its work in the lives of the Thessalonians "How is your holiness?"—You strive towards a noble thing brothers. Keep going, and if I can flash my theological colors a bit I echo the cry of reformers when I implore you to "semper reformanda." Always. Be. Reforming. Keep. pursuing. holiness.
Through Sedition The gospel demands every allegiance.What will people say of the pulpits we fill?Through much afflictionThessalonians desire for deliverance."The seeds of the church were sown by the blood of the martyrs." — Tertullian Until "That day"The Spirit will sustain us, every day, until "that day" when Christ returns and our faith is made into sight.
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