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Joy, Prayer and Thanksgiving I Thess. 5:12-18. November 30, 2008 Jeff Douglas. Background. Author Date 1&2 Thessalonians are known as "eschatological" books meaning "last things" Second Missionary Journey (Acts 17:1-9). The Message. I Thess 5

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  • Author
  • Date
  • 1&2 Thessalonians are known as "eschatological" books meaning "last things"
  • Second Missionary Journey (Acts 17:1-9)
the message
The Message
  • I Thess 5
    • 12 And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!
the message1
The Message
  • I Thess 5
    • 13-15 Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other's nerves you don't snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.
the message2
The Message
  • I Thess 5
    • 16-18 Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
j b phillips
J. B. Phillips
  • Live together in peace, and our instruction to this end is to reprimandthe unruly, encourage the timid, help the weak and be very patient with all men. Be sure that no one repays a bad turn by a bad turn; good should be your objective always, among yourselves and in the world at large. Be happy in your faith at all times. Never stop praying. Be thankful, whatever the circumstances may be. If you follow this advice you will be working out the will of God expressed to you in Jesus Christ.
constant joy
Constant Joy
  • What comes to mind?
  • Earthly v. spiritual view
  • Joy is the second fruit of the Spirit
  • Being in Christ gives us that joy
constant prayer
Constant Prayer

Rom. 8

26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

constant prayer1
Constant Prayer

I Tim 4

1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

constant prayer2
Constant Prayer
  • We need to be a people of constant prayer.
  • Prayer life not controlled by circumstances.
  • Both in private and in public.
constant thanksgiving
Constant Thanksgiving
  • It is an attitude
  • Mindset
  • Not controlled by perceptions of good or bad
  • We are consumed by it
this is god s will for you in christ jesus
This is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
  • Constant joy
  • Constant prayer
  • Constant thanksgiving
ii corinthians 11
II Corinthians 11
  • 21-23Since you admire the egomaniacs of the pulpit so much (remember, this is your old friend, the fool, talking), let me try my hand at it. Do they brag of being Hebrews, Israelites, the pure race of Abraham? I'm their match. Are they servants of Christ? I can go them one better. (I can't believe I'm saying these things. It's crazy to talk this way! But I started, and I'm going to finish.)
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II Corinthians 11
  • 23-25I've worked much harder, been jailed more often, beaten up more times than I can count, and at death's door time after time. I've been flogged five times with the Jews' thirty-nine lashes, beaten by Roman rods three times, pummeled with rocks once. I've been shipwrecked three times, and immersed in the open sea for a night and a day.
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II Corinthians 11
  • 26-27In hard traveling year in and year out, I've had to ford rivers, fend off robbers, struggle with friends, struggle with foes. I've been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers. I've known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold, naked to the weather.
ii corinthians 113
II Corinthians 11
  • 28-29And that's not the half of it, when you throw in the daily pressures and anxieties of all the churches. When someone gets to the end of his rope, I feel the desperation in my bones. When someone is duped into sin, an angry fire burns in my gut.
  • 30-33If I have to "brag" about myself, I'll brag about the humiliations that make me like Jesus. The eternal and blessed God and Father of our Master Jesus knows I'm not lying.