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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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Friday, June 21, 2013

Sermon Notes from 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5, "We Are Destined for This, Part 1" by Tray Earnhart.

[The following notes were taken at the 10:45AM service on June 26, 2011 at Kosmosdale Baptist Church. Notes for Part 2 may be viewed HERE.]

1 Thessalonians 3:1-5.

I. Introduction
A. "Hard times bring confusion." Examples:
1. David in many of the Psalms
2. Job
B. "Sometimes change brings states of confusion."
C. Results of confusion in the life of a Christian:
1. Confusion prompts the Christian to ask, "Why is that so?" (i.e., why must we go through situations that cause us to feel confused).
2. Confusion prompts the Christian to realize, "What we need are answers."
3. Confusion prompts the Christian to turn to the Bible, which "reveals to us the truth."

II. "Suffering, hardship, affliction: count on it."
A. Because "times are tough," Paul sent Timothy (v. 2):
1. To establish the Thessalonian church;
2. To encourage the Thessalonian church.
B. The intended result of Timothy's ministry is that none "would be moved by these afflictions" (v. 3a).
C. Christians are destined for suffering, hardship, affliction in this world (v. 3b, x ref. 1 Pet 4:12-19; John 15:18-16:4, 33).
D. Heaven is our place of rest.
E. "Come to Christ."

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