How to Please God

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Published on January 3, 2009

Author: brambles73


How to Please God : How to Please God 1 Thess. 4:1-12 1 Thess. 4:1-12 : 1 Thess. 4:1-12 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.   It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; Slide 3: and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more. Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. What is sanctification? : What is sanctification? The will of God is to seek the goal of sanctification in the Christian life. Sanctification is growth in grace and the “pursuit of holiness.” Sanctification is a life-long struggle to walk in the Spirit. The will of God in sanctification is reached by pleasing God through personal purity. Sanctification : Sanctification The will of God in sanctification is reached by pleasing God through personal integrity. Honesty is the seedbed of integrity. Sanctification means that we keep honest books and do not cheat our neighbors. Integrity comes from the word “integer” which means “one.” Integrity means we are one person, the same in private as in public. Sanctification Con’d : Sanctification Con’d The personal charity of Christian love is the ultimate goal of sanctification. “The greatest of these is love” (I Corinthians 13:13). The will of God in sanctification is reached by pleasing God through personal industry. The Bible and sanctification are intensely practical. Working honestly and diligently at your daily job is a vital part of sanctification. Our goal in sanctification is for the Master to see His reflection in our lives. Facts and Statistics About Infidelity : Facts and Statistics About Infidelity It is estimated that roughly 30 to 60% of all married individuals (in the United States) will engage in infidelity at some point during their marriage (see, Buss and Shackelford for review of this research). Research consistently shows that 2 to 3% of all children are the product of infidelity (see, Anderson). And most of these children are unknowingly raised by men who are not their biological fathers. Cheating, Con’d : Cheating, Con’d Men are more likely to cheat than women. But, as women become more financially independent, women are starting to act more like men with respect to infidelity . Biological evidence (i.e., research on biology and reproduction) indicates that long-term monogamy is difficult for humans to achieve - NOT impossible, but difficult (see, Barash and Lipton or the myth of monogamy - What factors influence an individual's willingness to cheat? : What factors influence an individual's willingness to cheat? Attractiveness All things being equal, an individual’s attractiveness influences how likely he or she is to cheat. Attraction comes in many different forms – it is influenced by one’s physical appearance, one’s social skills, and one’s tangible resources (money). The more one is in demand, the more likely one is to cheat. People, who have higher incomes, more education, and successful careers, are more likely to cheat than people who are less successful. And physical attractiveness also plays an important role Opportunity : Opportunity Again, all things being equal, the more individual free time people have the more likely they are to cheat. Couples who have separate social lives, friends, careers, travel plans, and so on are much more likely to cheat than couples who spend most of their time together. The more opportunity people have to cheat, the greater the odds that cheating will occur. Risk Taking : Risk Taking Sexual Desire Attitude Toward Love and RomanceAttachment and Love StylesSome people view love and romance as a sacred bond between two individuals. Other people see love as a game, where the goal is to manipulate another individual and gain emotional power over a partner Slide 12: Relational Problems Sense of EntitlementSome people, due to their position in society, their beliefs about gender roles, or their cultural upbringing, believe that it is their right to cheat on their partners. Discussion/Application : Discussion/Application How does holiness relate to daily work life? How does a personal work ethic affect our Christian witness? What ways can we demonstrate integrity in daily living? My will vs. Thy will : My will vs. Thy will Do we (Christians) have the right to live as we want, since we cannot lose our salvation? Why?” What Bible verses would you cite to support your thinking? Thess. 4:1-12 : Thess. 4:1-12 4:1 What had the ‘brothers and sisters’ learned? What had they been doing? What did the writers ‘ask and urge’ them to do? What was the basic reason for that? 4:2 What did the readers know? Where had those instructions come from? 4:3 What does God want? What do you learn about sex? What will you do because you know that? 4:4 What should each person know? Why might people need to ‘rule’ their body? 4:5 What should they not allow? Why? 4:6 What things does the writer warn about? Why might that have been necessary? What do you think about all this? What will you do because you know that? 4:7 What does God want? What do you think about that? 4:8 What will happen if the readers ‘refuse this teaching’? Why would they want to do what the writers propose? From whom might the readers receive help? 4:9 About what do the writers not need to write? Why is that? What will you do because you know that? 4:10 What ‘is a fact’? What do the writers urge the readers to do? What do you think about that? 4:11 What should the readers try hard to do? What should they do to get funds for that? What might you do about that? 4:12 Make a list of the results. How would the readers earn those results? (Look at verse 11 also.) Legalism : Legalism Paul advocates a sober, quiet lifestyle. Some of the best examples of this are the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses—often more so than their evangelical neighbors. These groups are both known, however, for their deep legalism. How does one follow Paul’s advice without falling into this trap? Slide 17: Paul instructs the church in how to live to please God, and even says they are currently doing so (4:1). Are we? Do you feel as if God is pleased by you? Why or why not?

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