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									1 Thessalonians
ãThe dynamics of
    Serving Love
  1 Thessalonians
Week 1: Our basis for
 serving love
Week 2: Elements of
 serving love
This week: Dynamics of
 serving love
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17 Dear brothers and sisters, after
 we were separated from you for
 a little while (though our hearts
 never left you), we tried very
 hard to come back because of
 our intense longing to see you
 again.
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18 We wanted very much to come,
 and I, Paul, tried again and
 again, but Satan prevented us.
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19 After all, what gives us hope
 and joy, and what is our proud
 reward and crown? It is you!
 Yes, you will bring us much joy
 as we stand together before our
 Lord Jesus when he comes back
 again.
               Planting churches,
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               etc. interrupts
               relationships
19 After all, what gives us hope
 and joy, and temporarilyproud
               what is our
 reward and crown? It is you!
 Yes, you will bring us much joy
 as we stand together before our
 Lord Jesus when he comes back
 again.
               Planting churches,
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               etc. interrupts
               relationships
19 After all, what gives us hope
 and joy, and temporarilyproud
               what is our
               But what we are
 reward and crown? It is you!
               bring us much joy
 Yes, you will doing here is going
 as we stand together before our
               to last forever
 Lord Jesus when he comes back
 again.
               Planting churches,
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               etc. interrupts
               relationships
19 After all, what gives us hope
 and joy, and temporarilyproud
               what is our
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 reward and crown? It is you!
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 as we stand together before our
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 Lord Jesus whenvisions of the
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               relationships
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20 For you are our pride and joy.
3:1 Finally, when we could stand
 it no longer, we decided that I
 should stay alone in Athens,
2 and we sent Timothy to visit
 you. He is our co-worker for God
 and our brother in proclaiming
 the Good News of Christ. We
 sent him to strengthen you, to
 encourage you in your faith,
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20 For you are our pride and joy.
3:1 Finally, when we could stand
 it no longer, we decided that I
 should stay alone in Athens,
                 Paul agonized
2 and we sent Timothy to visit
                 over their lives
 you. He is our co-worker for God
                 Letting ourselves
                 be proclaiming
 and our brother incaught up in
                  of lives of others
 the Good News theChrist. We
 sent him to strengthen you, to
 encourage you in your faith,
    1 Thessalonians
20 For you are our pride and joy.
3:1 Finally, when we could stand
 it no longer, we decided that I
 should stay alone in Athens,
                 Paul agonized
2 and we sent Timothy to visit
                 over their lives
 you. He is our co-worker for God
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                 be proclaiming
 and our brother incaught up in
                  of lives of others
 the Good News theChrist. We
 sent him to strengthen you, to
                 But Contrast Paul
 encourage you in your faith,
                 and codependence
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 you. He is our co-worker for God
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 and our brother incaught up in
                  of lives of others
 the Good News theChrist. We
 sent him to strengthen you, to
                  But Contrast Paul
 encourage you in your faith,
                  and codependence
    1 Thessalonians
  Codependent ministry:
  = identity and well-being so
  enmeshed are other that you
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 the Good News theChrist. We
 sent him to strengthen you, to
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 encourage you in your faith,
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    1 Thessalonians
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 encourage you in your faith,
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 = confusion from taking
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20 For you arefor the other’s joy.
3:1 Finally, when we could stand
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 you. He is our co-worker for God
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 and our brother incaught up in
                  of lives of others
 the Good News theChrist. We
 sent him to strengthen you, to
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 encourage you in your faith,
                 and codependence
    1 Thessalonians
  Codependent ministry:
  = confusion from taking
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 and our brother incaught up in
                    of lives of others
 the Good News theChrist. We
 sent him to strengthen you, to
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 encourage you in your faith,
                   and codependence
    1 Thessalonians
  Codependent ministry:
  = confusion from taking
  responsibility our pride and
20 For you arefor the other’s joy.
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 you. He is our co-worker for God
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 and our brother incaught up in
                    of lives of others
 the Good News theChrist. We
 sent him to strengthen you, to
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 encourage you in your faith,
                   and codependence
    1 Thessalonians
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  = confusion from taking
  responsibility our pride and
20 For you arefor the other’s joy.
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 the Good News theChrist. We
 sent him to strengthen you, to
                   But Contrast Paul
 encourage you in your faith,
                   and codependence
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3 and to keep you from becoming
 disturbed by the troubles you
 were going through. But, of
 course, you know that such
 troubles are going to happen to
 us Christians.
4 Even while we were with you,
 we warned you that troubles
 would soon come—and they did,
 as you well know.
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3 and to keep you from becoming
 disturbed by the troubles you
 were going through. But, of
          Had prepared them
 course, you know that such
           are going to happen 1
 troubles to suffer from day to
 us Christians.
4 Even while we were with you,
 we warned you that troubles
 would soon come—and they did,
 as you well know.
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5 That is why, when I could bear
 it no longer, I sent Timothy to
 find out whether your faith was
 still strong. I was afraid that the
 Tempter had gotten the best of
 you and that all our work had
 been useless.
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6 Now Timothy has just returned,
 bringing the good news that your
 faith and love are as strong as
 ever. He reports that you
 remember our visit with joy and
 that you want to see us just as
 much as we want to see you.
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7 So we have been greatly
 comforted, dear brothers and
 sisters, in all of our own crushing
 troubles and suffering, because
 you have remained strong in
 your faith.
8 It gives us new life, knowing you
 remain strong in the Lord.
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9 How we thank God for you!
 Because of you we have great joy
 in the presence of God.
10 Night and day we pray
 earnestly for you, asking God to
 let us see you again to fill up
 anything that may still be
 missing in your faith.
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9 How we thank God for you!
 Because of you we have great joy
 in the presence of God.
10 Night and day we pray
 earnestly for you, asking God to
 let us see you again to fill up
 anything that may still be
 missing in your faith.
      Notice the emotional
    language
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9 How we thank God for you!
 Because of you we have great joy
 in the presence of God.
10 Night and day we pray
 earnestly for you, asking God to
 let us see you again to fill up
 anything that may still be
 missing in your faith.
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    but not disengaged
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9 How we thank Disengaged
Codependent God for you!
 Because
Clings toof you we have great joy
 in the presence of God.
others in day we pray
10 Night and
possessive, you, asking God to
 earnestly for
“needy love” again to fill up
 let us see you
 anything that may still be
 missing in your faith.
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    but not disengaged
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9 How we thank Disengaged
Codependent God for you!
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Clings toof you we have great joy
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 in the presence of God.
others in day severely
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9 How we thank Disengaged
Codependent God for you!
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 in the presence of God.
others in day severely
10 Night and       we pray by lack
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9 How we thank Disengaged
Codependent God for you!
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 in the presence of God.
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9 How we thank Disengaged
Codependent God for you!
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 in the presence of God.
others in day severely
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 earnestly for
 let us see you of to fill up
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9 How we thank Disengaged
Codependent God for you!
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 in the presence of God.
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10 Night
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let us see you again to fill up
anything that may still be
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9 How we thank Disengaged
Codependent God for you!
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 in the presence of God.
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 anything that may still be
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   1 Thessalonians
9 How we thank Disengaged
Codependent God for you!
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9 How we thank Disengaged
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  Mature serving love:
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12 And may the Lord make
 your love grow and overflow
 to each other and to everyone
 else, just as our love
 overflows toward you.
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12 And may the Lord make
 your love grow and overflow
 to each other and to everyone
 else, just as our love
 overflows toward you.
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      Not codependent,
                  habits
attitudes not disengaged
      but
   1 Thessalonians
12 And may the Lord make
 your love grow and overflow
 to each other and to everyone
 else, just as our love
 overflows toward you.
    Has to do with
    “love spheres”
  Next Time
ãServing love and
  sexuality

								
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