Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 2 Study # 4
January 12, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<009> Thesis: The labor of the love is whatever arises in terms of intense effort because God has been permitted to set the agenda. Introduction: We began a study last week of the things that Paul remembered about the Thessalonians. In that study we noted that, because "faith" always "works", there has to be a special sense to "the work" that arises out of "the faith". We argued that "the work" is identified in multiple ways in the larger context that, together, boil down to "serving the living and true God" and "waiting for His Son from heaven". "The faith" is the whole ball of wax; "the work" that it sponsors is "serving God" and "waiting" for Him to fulfill His promise(s). Obviously, "serving" has a myriad of specifics because God is a complex Person and our "energies" must be applied to a complex experience-setting. But that complexity leads automatically to the next thing Paul "remembered": he calls it "the labor of the love".