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1Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

SUFFERING AFFLICTION   1Thessalonians 3:1-8             Print this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** In the course of our study on the "Bounty in Christ" which we all can have, we learned three ways that Satan tries to thwart the victorious lives of Christians. Do you recall his methods or schemes?

Hating - Acts 17:5-9
Tempting - Matthew 4:10, 16:22-23
Testing - Job 1:6-12

** We know that God's word has prepared us for victory, so what must we do if we wish to experience the same "Bounty in Christ" as did Paul?

We must:
1. Proclaim God's word for what it is!
2. Thank God for those who receive it as His word.
3. Treasure the work of God in the hearts of others, with whom we were privileged to share.

All of this is designed by our Lord to take our focus off from our own lives and onto the lives of those He places around us for His glory sake.

MOTIVATE

** Very often we find that the Holy Spirit inspired writings of the apostle Paul instructs our hearts, not only by what they say, but also by the example which this man of God lived for all to follow. Such is the case for us as we spend the next two studies enjoying the third chapter of 1Thessalonians.

We will watch Paul as he is:

SUFFERING AFFLICTION - 1Thessalonians 3:1-8
SHOWING AFFECTION - 1Thessalonians 3:9-13

Let's begin here in 1Thessalonians 3:1-8 and observe Paul so that we might learn from his obedience to the Lord while "Suffering Affliction".

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Opening Prayer

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