Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 2 Study # 2
September 28, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<075> Thesis: Our relationship with God is significantly tied to our gratitude to God as we face the ups and downs of our experience in this world. Introduction: Last time we looked into the fact that Paul clearly understood the fact that "Life" has two "source-strands"; a vertical one which is primary, and a horizontal one which is secondary. We also saw that, just because the horizontal one is "secondary", is no reason to be hesitant about making a significant commitment of our "souls" to each other. In fact, we might argue that a lack of willingness to make significant commitments to others reveals a "faith" that is "lacking" in respect to the primary strand. Our vertical strand is sufficient to give us "Life" as long as it is "healthy" in respect to "faith". In 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 Paul described his "Life" experience as he pursued both "source-strands". It is not a description that has as great appeal as "The Hope", but it is a description of reality until "The Hope" arrives. This evening we are going to look at how Paul balanced the "source-strands" in his own "faith-walk".