1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 (873)


          A.  The best life that anyone can possibly live is a life that pleases God.  1 Thess. 4:1-2
                1.  As we live for God, we are blessed.  Matthew 6:33 (707); Ephesians 1:3 (863)
                2.  We will be rewarded in eternity.  Matthew 25:46b (726)
          B.  To live for God, we must overcome living for self.  Luke 9:23 (760); Galatians 2:20
          C.  Let’s concentrate on how we should live to please God based on 1 Thessalonians 4:
                1-12 (873)

      I.  If we intend to please God, our lives must be holy.  1 Thessalonians 4:1-2,7
         A.  The term “holy” means that set apart for the Lord’s use.  Romans 12:1-2 (837)

               1.  In character and conduct.  Romans 12:1:  “a living sacrifice, holy” Romans 6:13
               2.  Our lives must be separate from the values of the world.  Romans 12:2

   II.  We shouldn’t take advantage of a brother in Christ.  1 Thessalonians 4:3-6

         A.  A Christian man can’t engage in sexual activities outside of marriage and please God.

  III.  We need the Holy Spirit to help us live for God.  1 Thessalonians 4:8; Romans
        8:14-16 (834)

IV.  If we intend to please God, we must practice love for one another.  Vv 9-10; John
       13:34-35 (793)

  V.  Let’s look at what our ambitions should be.  1Thessalonians 4:11

       A.  “To lead a quiet life”
       B.  To mind our own business.
       C.  To work with our hands.  2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

VI.  The results.  1 Thessalonians 4:12

      A.  Our lives will have the respect of outsiders.
      B.  We won’t be dependent on others for financial support.  Ephesians 4:28 (865)
      C.  Our lives will glorify our Heavenly Father.  Matthew 5:16 (705)

Conclusion:  The way we live is a choice, but we can’t please God unless we live according to
                      HIS will.