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1Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

BOUND IN CHRIST   1Thessalonians 2:5-8             Download this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** In our study together last week, we had the privilege of watching the apostle Paul as he was "Bold in Christ". Near the end of that study we learned the reason for his boldness. Why are Christians bold?

They have been "approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel"! cf. 1Thessalonians 2:4
Paul knew he was approved by God, so he boldly "spoke" the gospel.

** How can we develop or increase our boldness? What is to be our motivation?

To please our gracious God, rather than men! (V.4)
(Another way to view this is to avoid peer pressure by following the Spirit's prompting.)

Hopefully, we have spent this past week trying to learn how to be more pleasing to our Lord and by that means, we are even more "Bold in Christ".

MOTIVATE

** Today, we hope to learn what our Lord expects of us as we share His gospel. Ask yourself this, "Is it enough to just share the truth about Christ with others?" "What are we to do once someone becomes saved?" For the exciting answer, please join me now in 1Thessalonians 2:5-8 where we see how Paul became "Bound in Christ" to the hearts of the Thessalonians.

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Opening Prayer

Bound in Christ

INVESTIGATE

V. 5 ** Picking up where we left off last week, Paul said in verse four that Christians are "approved by God" for what purpose?

As we have just seen, "to be entrusted with the gospel". This is a serious responsibility before a Holy God. Remember Matthew 10:32-33 (everyone)!

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