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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: 1 Thessalonians Chapter Four: Message Outlines

1 Thess 4:1-8 (4)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
November 9, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:Sex should never be allowed to become a 'painful obsession'.

Introduction:In our previous study we looked into Paul's turn toward things sexual and saw that the reason for it was most likely his statement in 5:23 where he revealed his consuming interest in "entire sanctification" as a matter of spirit, soul, and body. It also indicates that there is a kind of Achilles' heel in believer's bodies that seems to be focused upon things sexual because of the problem of an overcommitment to things pleasurable.

This evening we are going to take a look at the 'negative side' of his argument...negative in the sense that his original focus was upon taking ownership of one's body as the instrument of the indwelling Christ for the manifestation of His Life in terms of "sanctification" and "honor". This 'negative side' focuses upon what the Authorized Version calls "the lust of concupiscence".


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