Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 2 Study # 10
February 23, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<021> Thesis: Since the "arrival" of "Our Gospel" was "attended" by the proclamation of a message, the effectual power of the Holy Spirit, and a superfluity of divinely sanctioned results, all of which are both essentially necessary, but relative in degree, the question is "why?" in respect to Thessalonica as opposed to all of the other places where it "arrived". Introduction: So far we have looked into Paul's record of the impact of what he calls "our gospel" in the city of Thessalonica. According to Luke's record in Acts, Thessalonica was the second city in Macedonia where Paul went after being restricted from preaching the Gospel any further in Asia. Last week we focused our attention upon the content of this "gospel" as it relates to the specific meaning of Christ's death "for our sins". We have seen that "faith" must have a focus upon this specific meaning in order for it to be fruitful. But, fruitfulness requires more than this specific content for "faith". According to our text this evening, there is another requirement involved in fruitfulness. In summary, this other requirement is the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. But, the specifics involved in this issue of power help us to understand the potency of the Thessalonians' "hope". Thus, we are going to look into the "attending elements" that Paul lays out in 1:5.