Practical Christian Living

1 Thessalonians 3-4
By Wong
Theme: Practical Christian Living
In relation to the Lord’s return


Recap nearby chapters:
Ch 1: salvation in relation to the Lord’s coming
Ch 2: service in relation to the Lord’s coming
Ch 3: sanctification set apart to be holy in the coming of the Lord
Ch 4: certainty of resurrection
Ch 5: security of the believer in the days of the wrath of the God

The good news from Thessalonica
• Being a Christian could cost us everything
• We can trust God to do what we cannot do

1) Perfecting that which is lacking
Paul not looking at absolute perfection
But to be completely equipped to continue a journey or perform a task

The sermon on the mount is NOT an ideal list of perfection
God is absolutely perfect

2) Sanctification the will of God
• The Christian life is progressive
• It must be growing towards Christlikeness
• Set apart for holy use (more importantly set aside for God)
• Worshipping a Holy God demands the worshipper to live a holy life

3) A challenge to balanced living
• … Your ambition to lead a quiet life: you should mind your own business & work with your hands
• Answer to the problem of restlessness & wanting to seek attention
• Often mistaken as being zealous for the Lord
• (Not) a compulsive urge to set other people right in their own sight & forgetting to take care of their own problems first
• We serve not only man, but God. Our occupation becomes a powerful sermon when it is done with honesty, diligence & faithfulness
• Our lives are sermons that daily draw others to Jesus or push them away from Him
• How we work is as crucial as how we pray

• A holy life – free from immorality
• A harmonious life – always increasing in brotherly love
• An honest life – living quietly, minding your own business, working with our own hands

The Three Fathers


Ezekiel 18
Father’s Day
By Mr Ung

Is God just? Yes!

God’s law governing individual responsibility (Eze 18:1-4)
1. Misunderstanding of the proverb (cf Exo 20:5)
“Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭24:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

2. God’s response to the proverb

The last 5 kings of Judah
1. Josiah
2. Jehoahaz
3. Jehoiakim
4. Jehoiachin
5. Zedekiah

God’s law governing the individual’s righteousness

Relevant Qs for today in the light of the laws of yesterday
• Can this Law (principle) be applied to a present day sinner who seeks salvation?
• Is salvation by works of righteousness?
No (cf Rom 3:9, 10)
• How can a person be saved?
Cf Eph 2:8,9
• Does a sinner inherit his son from his father/ancestors
Yes (from Adam) but covered by Jesus’ death in the cross (cf Rom 5:12-14)
• How is the Sinner responsible for his personal sun?
Cf Rom 3:23; 6:23
• Should a righteous parents feel guilty for a prodigal son?
A righteous person should surrender to the will of God

3 Fathers
1. Righteous son of righteous father
2. Unrighteous son of righteous father
3. Righteous son of unrighteous father

Summary & Review
All people or are individually responsible for their own behaviour. We are not saved by good works but are saved to do good works.

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