Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 4 Study # 1
August 3, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<063> Thesis: It is possible to be effectively "hindered by Satan" while living by faith and walking under the overall Plan of God. Introduction: There are two surprises in this next paragraph in 1Thessalonians Two: the degree to which Paul had tied himself to the Thessalonians; and the effective opposition of Satan. The first surprise is how quickly and deeply Paul shared his soul with those to whom he ministered (How did that happen?). The second is how readily he blamed Satan while being fully aware of the tension between God's omnipotence and Satan's opposition (Why would God allow Satan to hinder someone who was so deeply involved in loving others?). These are not unimportant realities, given the promises of God and the vitality of God's reaction to faith. Therefore, this evening we are going to look into Paul's claims to see what we need to learn from them.