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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sermon Notes from 1 Thessalonians 1:1. Sermon by Tray Earnhart.

[The following notes were taken at the 10:45AM service this morning at Kosmosdale Baptist Church. The following outline does not include the introduction nor the gospel call at the end of the sermon, as I believe these sections will be much more effective if heard in full-- the sermon should soon be available to hear on-line HERE-- what this outline includes are main points of exegesis from the passage that Tray explained.]

1 Thessalonians 1:1.

I. "Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy" [background of Paul's association with Silvanus and Timothy]:
A. Acts 15:22, 40 ("Silas"="Silvanus").
B. Acts 16:1, Timothy.

II. "To the church of the Thessalonians"
A. Genitive ("the church OF the Thessalonians") is used here rather than the usual dative (i.e., "to all... IN Rome," Rom 1:1).
B. Acts 16:6-10, Thessalonica is in Macedonia, Acts 17:1-9.

III. "In God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ"
A. "In:" both positional and instrumental.
B. "And:" to be in God the Father is to be in the Lord Jesus Christ:
1. This is high Christology;
2. A person cannot be in God the Father without being in the Lord Jesus Christ, OR in the Lord Jesus Christ without being in God the Father.

IV. "Grace to you and peace."

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