Gene Cunningham - February 20, 2003

The Word Working In You #4

1st Thessalonians - The Word Working in You - Uniontown PA 2007

Reasons for trials (1Th 3:11-13). Trials make clear the path of God(1Th 3:11). Trials faced in faith causes growth and produces fruit (1Th 3:12, Heb 11:34). Trails produce strength in spirit and soul -- "establish your hearts" (1Th 3:13). Trails sanctify the believer -- refine our life (1Pe 1:7, 2Co 12:7-9). Ruth and Boaz marriage illustrates sanctification (Rut 3:6-18, 1Th 4:3-4). Chapter 4 (1Th 4:1-12): the essence of sanctification processing is Word of God +faith + testing. The enemy of sanctification is lust, passion, self gratification. Luk 9:23 - if you want to find life we must deny self, take up the cross daily and follow Christ. The Spirit has five works ().

Conference notes for this series can be found [HERE

Scripture References: Luke 9:23, Hebrews 11:34

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The Word Working in You' is a study in 1st Thessalonians recorded at Uniontown PA on 19-20 October 2007. The primary focus of the Paul's epistles to the Thessalonians written A.D. 50-51 is Christian living in light of eternity which results in balance. The 'bookends' of 1Th 1:3 and 1Th 5:8 reveal the book's theme: the well-balanced Christian life. The book also teaches that God's Word works through faith. Interestingly this epistle is closely related in content to the Old Testament book of Ruth which provides a perfect biblical illustration of the practical truths of this book.

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