Belonging: Sanctification (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

Sanctification Defined: A work of God in man that makes us more and more free from sin and more like Christ in our lives. A term that’s closely related and sometimes used synonymously with the word holiness.   Key Idea: We can be encouraged that God is changing our hearts and lives to be more like Christ through the process of sanctification.   Four Encouraging Aspects of Sanctification I. The character of sanctification (v. 23) II. The Creator of sanctification (v. 23) III. The comprehensiveness of sanctification (v. 23) IV. The confidence for......

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Distinct (Part II): At Work (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12)

Key Idea: Living distinct lives that please God requires focused and purposeful love for others. Four priorities as a way of loving others: I. Godly Discontentment: Increase in Love II. Quite Ambition: Lead a Quiet Life III. Worry About Yourself: Mind Your Own Business IV. Work Diligently: Work with Your Hands...

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Distinct (Part I): In Purity (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)

Theme of 1 Thessalonians 4: We are called to distinct lives that pursue holiness and please God. Key Idea: The goal of purity is finding true and lasting satisfaction in Christ. I. A Distinct Purpose: To Please God (v. 1-3a) II. A Distinct Practice: To Pursue Holiness (v. 3b-5) III. A Distinct Power: Trust in the Holy Spirit (v. 6-8)...

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