Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 1
March 9, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<025> Thesis: Imitating the apostles and the Lord has an extremely basic simplicity: receiving the Word with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Introduction: As we have progressed through the first five verses of 1 Thessalonians 1, we have seen that there is a presentation of the way things ought to be for all of us. We are driven to our work by what we believe; we do work the hardest for that which we love the most; and we put up with everything we have to as long as our expectations are not crushed. The only problem with this reality is that what we believe is not always true, what we love is not always valuable, and our expectations may be more fancy than reality. The ideal is truth believed, God loved, and the Son expected from heaven. The Holy Spirit empowers the Gospel and the examples that other believers provide for our sake so that what ought to be can be. The question for us this evening is this: if what ought to be can be, why is it not the norm rather than an extraordinary anomaly? The answer in a single word is "imitation".