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1 thess4 9-12 split

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A teaching on 1 Thesssalonians 9:12-14 and giving to the poor

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1 thess4 9-12 split

  1. 1. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
  2. 2. Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.
  3. 3. Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. The topic of this section
  4. 4. Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. You are doing great!
  5. 5. Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. You are doing great! … but keep working on it.
  6. 6. Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. You are doing great! … and there is one area you need to firm up. … but keep working on it.
  7. 7. Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. You are doing great! … and there is one area you need to firm up. … but keep working on it. … for the sake of a good testimony.
  8. 8. Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. You recall that we talked about this before.
  9. 9. Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. But how in the world does this ...
  10. 10. Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. Q: But how in the world does this ... have anything to do with this?
  11. 11. Love of the Brethren
  12. 12. Love of the Brethren Loving the brethren: camraderie & unity My perspective
  13. 13. Love of the Brethren Making a living Loving the brethren: camraderie & unity My perspective
  14. 14. Love of the Brethren Making a living Loving the brethren: camraderie & unity My perspective Paul’s perspective
  15. 15. So what else did Paul include in “loving the brethren”?
  16. 16. Loving the brethren: some clues Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you ...
  17. 17. Loving the brethren: some clues Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you ... A basic essential doctrine
  18. 18. Loving the brethren: some clues Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you ... A basic essential doctrine Like a family
  19. 19. Loving the brethren: some clues Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you ... A basic essential doctrine Like a family Natural for Spirit-filled believers
  20. 20. Loving the brethren: some clues Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you ... A basic essential doctrine Like a family Natural for Spirit-filled believers Visible action
  21. 21. Loving the brethren: some clues Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you ... A basic essential doctrine Like a family Natural for Spirit-filled believers Visible action Visible in whole region
  22. 22. Loving the brethren: some clues Now as to love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you ... A basic essential doctrine Like a family Natural for Spirit-filled believers Visible action Visible in whole region Connected with working for a living
  23. 23. Loving the brethren includes sharing all we have with one another: our lives, our dreams, our troubles …and even our material possessions.
  24. 24. Having all things in common
  25. 25. Having all things in common • Acts 4:32-35 -- a Biblical picture of brotherly love
  26. 26. Having all things in common • Acts 4:32-35 -- a Biblical picture of brotherly love • Paul probably shared this vision with the Thessalonians
  27. 27. Having all things in common • Acts 4:32-35 -- a Biblical picture of brotherly love • Paul probably shared this vision with the Thessalonians – Not a governmentally imposed communism
  28. 28. Having all things in common • Acts 4:32-35 -- a Biblical picture of brotherly love • Paul probably shared this vision with the Thessalonians – Not a governmentally imposed communism – Not specific dollar amounts believers were to give
  29. 29. Having all things in common • Acts 4:32-35 -- a Biblical picture of brotherly love • Paul probably shared this vision with the Thessalonians – Not a governmentally imposed communism – Not specific dollar amounts believers were to give – Rather an attitude of joyful generosity: “whatever I have is yours”
  30. 30. Having all things in common
  31. 31. Having all things in common • 2 Corinthians 8 -- another example
  32. 32. Having all things in common • 2 Corinthians 8 -- another example – vv 1-5 probably refers to the Thessalonians (and Philippians)
  33. 33. Having all things in common • 2 Corinthians 8 -- another example – vv 1-5 probably refers to the Thessalonians (and Philippians) – vv 13-15 here is the principle
  34. 34. A Critical Balance
  35. 35. A Critical Balance • In this context, being willing to work for a living is vital. If people were to take advantage of the Christian community’s willingness to share, they would destroy it. Everyone Christian benefits from the family love of other Christians, but everyone also has a responsibility to contribute if they can.
  36. 36. A Critical Balance
  37. 37. A Critical Balance Generosity Camraderie, unity, etc. Hard work
  38. 38. A Critical Balance Generosity Camraderie, unity, etc. Hard work 1 Thess 4:9-10
  39. 39. A Critical Balance Generosity Camraderie, unity, etc. Hard work 1 Thess 4:9-10 1 Thess 4:11-12
  40. 40. A Critical Balance Generosity Camraderie, unity, etc. Hard work 2 Thess 3:6-12 1 Thess 4:9-10 1 Thess 4:11-12
  41. 41. A Critical Balance Generosity Camraderie, unity, etc. Hard work 2 Thess 3:6-122 Thess 3:13 1 Thess 4:9-10 1 Thess 4:11-12
  42. 42. A Critical Balance Generosity Camraderie, unity, etc. Hard work 2 Thess 3:6-122 Thess 3:13 1 Thess 4:9-10 1 Thess 4:11-12 Ephesians 4:28
  43. 43. Other verses with similar ideas
  44. 44. Other verses with similar ideas • Gal 6:6-10 (note v 6 -- this entire passage is about using money for the kingdom)
  45. 45. Other verses with similar ideas • Gal 6:6-10 (note v 6 -- this entire passage is about using money for the kingdom) • Titus 3:14 (“deeds” may be translated “occupations” -- cp Eph 4:28)
  46. 46. Other verses with similar ideas • Gal 6:6-10 (note v 6 -- this entire passage is about using money for the kingdom) • Titus 3:14 (“deeds” may be translated “occupations” -- cp Eph 4:28) • Heb 13:1-3
  47. 47. Other verses with similar ideas • Gal 6:6-10 (note v 6 -- this entire passage is about using money for the kingdom) • Titus 3:14 (“deeds” may be translated “occupations” -- cp Eph 4:28) • Heb 13:1-3 • James 1:27 + Gal 2:10
  48. 48. Other verses with similar ideas • Gal 6:6-10 (note v 6 -- this entire passage is about using money for the kingdom) • Titus 3:14 (“deeds” may be translated “occupations” -- cp Eph 4:28) • Heb 13:1-3 • James 1:27 + Gal 2:10 • James 2:14-17 + 1 John 3:17
  49. 49. Accepting God’s Call • ...make it your ambition to – lead a quiet life – and attend to your own business – and work with your hands, • just as we commanded you, • so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.
  50. 50. Accepting God’s Call • ...make it your ambition to – lead a quiet life – and attend to your own business – and work with your hands, • just as we commanded you, • so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. Am I willing to be mundane?
  51. 51. Accepting God’s Call • ...make it your ambition to – lead a quiet life – and attend to your own business – and work with your hands, • just as we commanded you, • so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. Am I willing to be mundane? Am I willing not to meddle?
  52. 52. Accepting God’s Call • ...make it your ambition to – lead a quiet life – and attend to your own business – and work with your hands, • just as we commanded you, • so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. Am I willing to be mundane? Am I willing not to meddle? Am I running from hard work?
  53. 53. Accepting God’s Call • ...make it your ambition to – lead a quiet life – and attend to your own business – and work with your hands, • just as we commanded you, • so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. Am I willing to be mundane? Am I willing not to meddle? Am I running from hard work? Am I sensitive to the suspicions of an unbelieving world?

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