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    captivateThe Power of the Jesus Story

    1 Thessalonians

    T U R N : S E R V E : W A I T

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    10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy,righteous and blameless we were among you who

    believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of

    ou as a father deals with his own children, 12

    encouraging, comforting and urging you to live livesworthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and

    lory.1 THESSALONIANS 2:10-12

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    1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, weinstructed you how tolive in order to please God,

    as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge

    ou in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For

    ou know what instructions we gave you by theauthority of the Lord Jesus. 3 It is Gods will that you

    shouldbe sanctified:1 THESSALONIANS 4:1-3

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    1. God intended humans to have an interactive

    relationship with Him in which there were nobarriers to physical closeness or spiritual

    connectivity.

    2. The sinful, impure condition of humanity aftertheir disobedience to God separated them

    from Him and created a major problem for

    closeness and connectivity.

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    3. God could not compromise His love or His

    holiness. So, to be among His creation asintended from the beginning, He graciously

    provided guidelines for purification that allowed

    His manifest presence to be in the midst of His

    people without destroying them.

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    4. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross pays the

    penalty for all sins of all time and provides arighteousness that is acceptable to God. This

    gifted forgiveness and righteousness makes it

    possible for humanity to have a restored

    relationship with God without a mediator orpurification rules and rituals. This new reality

    was visibly demonstrated by the tearing of the

    temple veil at the crucifixion.

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    1. We dont pursue sanctification in order to be

    accepted by God. We live a sanctified lifestylebecause we already are accepted by God

    through the work of Christ on the cross which

    provides forgiveness of sins and a perfect

    righteousness. This is the gospel . . . the goodnews!

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    21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of

    God has been made known, to which the Law andthe Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given

    through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There

    is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all

    have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 andall are justified freely by his grace through the

    redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God

    resented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through

    the shedding of his bloodto be received by faith.

    ROMANS 3:21-25

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    Gospel means "news that brings joy."

    It meant history-making, life-shaping news as

    opposed to just daily news. For example, there is an

    ancient Roman inscription from about the same time

    as Jesus and Mark. It starts: "The beginning of thegospel of Caesar Augustus." It's the story of the birth

    and coronation of the Roman emperor. A gospel was

    news of some event that changed things in a

    meaningful way. It could be an ascension to the

    throne, or it could be a victory.

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    When Greece was invaded by Persia and the Greeks

    won the great battles of Marathon and Solnus, theysent heralds (or evangelists) who proclaimed the

    good news to the cities: "We have fought for you, we

    have won, and now you're no longer slaves; you're

    free." A gospel is an announcement of somethingthat has happened in history, something that's been

    done for you that changes your status forever.

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    Right there you can see the difference between

    Christianity and all other religions, including noreligion. The essence of other religions is advice;

    Christianity is essentially news. Other religions say,

    "This is what you have to do in order to connect to

    God forever; this is how you have to live in order toearn your way to God." But the gospel says, "This is

    what has been done in history. This is how Jesus

    lived and died to earn the way to God for you.

    Christianity is completely different. It's joyful news.

    The Kings Cross

    Tim Keller

    14-15

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    2. We dont pursue sanctification in order to

    improve our morality so we feel we are in betterstanding with God and superior to those

    outside of Christ. The pursuit should not cause

    us to isolate from the world and condemn the

    culture.

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    9 To some who were confident of their own

    righteousness and looked down on everyone else,Jesus told this parable: 10 Two men went up to the

    temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax

    collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and

    rayed: God, I thank you that I am not like othereoplerobbers, evildoers, adulterersor even like

    this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a

    tenth of all I get.

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    13 But the tax collector stood at a distance. He

    would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breastand said, God, have mercy on me, a sinner. 14 I tell you that this man, rather than the other,went home justified before God. For all those who

    exalt themselves will be humbled, and those whohumble themselves will be exalted.LUKE 18:9-14

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    3. We live a sanctified, holy, pure, set apart life in

    order to glorify God

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    If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who

    speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, theyshould do so with the strength God provides, so that

    in all things God may be praised through Jesus

    Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever

    and ever. Amen. 1 PETER 4:11

    So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it

    all for the glory of God.1 CORINTHIANS 10:31

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    Gods Glory

    His unbeatable, awe-inspiring character and ability

    Glorify God

    To cause His unbeatable awe-inspiring character and

    ability to be undeniably made known.

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    4. We live a sanctified life in order to illustrate the

    gospel.

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    11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,

    to abstain from sinful desires, which wage waragainst your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the

    agans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong,

    they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the

    day he visits us.1 PETER 2:11-12

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    5 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always berepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you

    to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do

    this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear

    conscience, so that those who speak maliciously

    against your good behavior in Christ may be

    ashamed of their slander.1 PETER 3:15-16

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    sanctified finances

    1. God owns everything.

    2. The skills and health I have that allow me tomake money are made possible by God.

    3. God graciously allows me to manage some of

    His belongings and to keep some for my own

    needs.

    4. God expects me to use my resources for His

    purposes.

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    glorify god

    Sanctified Finances Glorified God . . .

    1. God made humans in His image so they shouldbe valued and cared for.

    2. God is characterized by generous giving

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    illustrate the gospel

    Sanctified Finances Glorified God . . .

    Because Jesus has died for our sins and rose again

    he forgives us, gives us a righteousness acceptable

    to God, and enables us by His spirit to overcome our

    selfishness.

    1. We are alive to God and dead to sin.

    2. We are free from living life for ourselves.

    3. We are free from finding our identity and value in

    material things.

    4. We are free from worrying about our security andtrusting in ourselves for the future.

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    sow what ?

    1. Its easy to think about pursuing sanctification as

    a way to get Gods acceptance rather than anevidence of His acceptance. Spend time this

    week letting God know that you believe you are

    fully accepted because you are in Christ not

    because of your efforts to be sanctified.

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    sow what ?

    2. Its easy to elevate ourselves because of moral

    achievements that come in pursuingsanctification. Do you find yourself privately

    thanking God you are not like other less

    spiritual Christians or non Christians? If we

    secretly filmed you for a week would we see you

    express a condemning attitude of disgust toward

    people who live worldly lifestyles?

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    sow what ?

    3. Spend time reflecting on the connection between

    sanctification and how it enables us to glorifyGod and illustrate the gospel. If you have not

    thought this way about sanctification confess any

    wrong ways you have though about it and ask

    God to help you see ways your un-sanctified life

    may be hurting Gods glory or hindering the

    power of the gospel to impact people who know

    you.