Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 2
March 16, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<027> Thesis: When "imitation" becomes a "type", the progress of the Gospel is the sub-focus of one's life. Introduction: The progress of the Gospel in Thessalonica resulted from what many of us call "the Macedonian Call" from Acts 16:9. What happened in Thessalonica was remarkable above the norm so that Paul says the "imitation" process resulted in the creation of what he calls in our text for this evening a "type". Our study tonight is going to focus upon what Paul considered to be the main sub-motivation of "Christianity". This primary sub-focus is stated in 1:8 in the words, "for from you sounded forth the Word of the Lord...". I have called this the primary sub-focus because of Mark 8:35 which is a record of Jesus' succinct declaration of the main motivations of the "type" called "a Christian". In that text He said, " For whosoever would save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's shall save it." This is the umbrella of the "type" called "Christian" in that it sets forth the "first love" and the "second love" as the primary motivations no matter what one's particular "gift" is, or what one's circumstances in life happen to be. Technically, this is what "the work of the faith", "the labor of the love", and "the endurance of the hope" are all about. This evening we are going to look into this "type".