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					1 Thessalonians
     4:1-8
Is “Faith Alive”?
  1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Is “Faith Alive”?
  1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
The lead pastor of Faith Alive Ministries,
     one of the city's fastest-growing
    churches, has left the church. Bob
Groves, who guided Faith Alive as it grew
  from a dozen members to more than
  2,000, had been its lead pastor for 18
 years. Under Groves' leadership, Faith
 Alive went from operating out of a car-
  sales office to an $11 million, 46,000-
square-foot building completed last year.
   Church officials did not respond to
   questions about the circumstances
    surrounding the pastor's abrupt
     departure last week. Reached
 Wednesday, Groves, 45, said he hopes
 the church can move forward without
him - but he would not elaborate on the
 reasons for his departure or his plans.
  Pastor Bob Groves stood in front of a
packed house - surrounded by his wife, a
 moderator who flew in from Georgia for
the night and two boxes of tissues. It was
 the first time Groves had spoken to the
    whole congregation in nearly two
   months. He went back to Faith Alive
Ministries on Wednesday to apologize for
  having an affair with a married church
                   staffer.
  Groves didn't go into detail, but many
church members had heard already. They
     gave a standing ovation when he
    returned to the sanctuary stage. "I
   sinned," Groves told the audience of
    roughly 1,500. "Not only did I sin, I
sinned a lot and I sinned for a long time."
  Groves didn't go into detail, but many
church members had heard already. They
     gave a standing ovation when he
    returned to the sanctuary stage. "I
   sinned," Groves told the audience of
    roughly 1,500. "Not only did I sin, I
sinned a lot and I sinned for a long time."
  "It's what I prayed for," member Jane Caler
said of Groves' return to accept responsibility.
 "All indications are that they can forgive him.
 Hopefully, he can come back. I believe that's
             what God would want.“
 In a separate interview, Chambers said there
   is "absolutely" a chance that Groves could
  return as lead pastor within two years after
completing what he described as a process for
         "pastors that have difficulties."
  "It's what I prayed for," member Jane Caler
said of Groves' return to accept responsibility.
 "All indications are that they can forgive him.
 Hopefully, he can come back. I believe that's
             what God would want.“
 In a separate interview, Chambers said there
   is "absolutely" a chance that Groves could
  return as lead pastor within two years after
completing what he described as a process for
         "pastors that have difficulties."
  "What we're all after is for Pastor Bob to
come back," Chambers said. ...Both families
 are receiving financial assistance from the
church while they seek marriage counseling,
               Chambers said.
     It is actually reported that there is
  immorality among you, and immorality of
such a kind as does not exist even among the
Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife.
             (1 Corinthians 5:1 NASB)
     It is actually reported that there is
  immorality among you, and immorality of
such a kind as does not exist even among the
Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife.
             (1 Corinthians 5:1 NASB)

     “The sexual behavior of Christians has
 reached the point of being indistinguishable
   from that of non-Christians...in our sexual
  behavior we, as a Christian community, are
         both in the world, and of it.”
     It is actually reported that there is
  immorality among you, and immorality of
such a kind as does not exist even among the
Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife.
             (1 Corinthians 5:1 NASB)

     “The sexual behavior of Christians has
 reached the point of being indistinguishable
   from that of non-Christians...in our sexual
  behavior we, as a Christian community, are
         both in the world, and of it.”
     It is actually reported that there is
  immorality among you, and immorality of
such a kind as does not exist even among the
Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife.
             (1 Corinthians 5:1 NASB)

  And you have become arrogant, and have
 not mourned instead, in order that the one
 who had done this deed might be removed
             from your midst.
             (1 Corinthians 5:2 NASB)
     It is actually reported that there is
  immorality among you, and immorality of
such a kind as does not exist even among the
Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife.
             (1 Corinthians 5:1 NASB)

  And you have become arrogant, and have
 not mourned instead, in order that the one
 who had done this deed might be removed
             from your midst.
             (1 Corinthians 5:2 NASB)
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is
          evil; cling to what is good.
              (Romans 12:9 NASB)


      "You shall not commit adultery.
              (Exodus 20:14 NASB)
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is
          evil; cling to what is good.
              (Romans 12:9 NASB)


      "You shall not commit adultery.
              (Exodus 20:14 NASB)
 "If a man is found lying with a married
woman, then both of them shall die, the
 man who lay with the woman, and the
woman; thus you shall purge the evil from
                  Israel.
          (Deuteronomy 22:22 NASB)
But do not let immorality or any impurity or
  greed even be named among you, as is
           proper among saints;
             (Ephesians 5:3 NASB)


  And do not participate in the unfruitful
deeds of darkness, but instead even expose
                  them;
             (Ephesians 5:11 NASB)
  Now the deeds of the flesh are evident,
 which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
              (Galatians 5:19 NASB)


  Therefore consider the members of your
earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity,
    passion, evil desire, and greed, which
             amounts to idolatry.
              (Colossians 3:5 NASB)
   Finally then, brethren, we request and
  exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you
 received from us instruction as to how you
  ought to walk and please God (just as you
  actually do walk), that you may excel still
more. 2 For you know what commandments
  we gave you by the authority of the Lord
   Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your
sanctification; that is, that you abstain from
              sexual immorality;
   Finally then, brethren, we request and
  exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you
 received from us instruction as to how you
  ought to walk and please God (just as you
  actually do walk), that you may excel still
more. 2 For you know what commandments
  we gave you by the authority of the Lord
   Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your
sanctification; that is, that you abstain from
              sexual immorality;
   Finally then, brethren, we request and
  exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you
 received from us instruction as to how you
  ought to walk and please God (just as you
  actually do walk), that you may excel still
more. 2 For you know what commandments
  we gave you by the authority of the Lord
   Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your
sanctification; that is, that you abstain from
              sexual immorality;
4 that each of you know how to possess his
own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not
 in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do
not know God; 6 and that no man transgress
    and defraud his brother in the matter
 because the Lord is the avenger in all these
 things, just as we also told you before and
  solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not
called us for the purpose of impurity, but in
   sanctification. 8 Consequently, he who
rejects this is not rejecting man but the God
       who gives His Holy Spirit to you.
          (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 NASB)
4 that each of you know how to possess his
own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not
 in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do
not know God; 6 and that no man transgress
    and defraud his brother in the matter
 because the Lord is the avenger in all these
 things, just as we also told you before and
  solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not
called us for the purpose of impurity, but in
   sanctification. 8 Consequently, he who
rejects this is not rejecting man but the God
       who gives His Holy Spirit to you.
          (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 NASB)
 for it is a minister of God to you for good.
 But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it
does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is
 a minister of God, an avenger who brings
  wrath upon the one who practices evil.
              (Romans 13:4 NASB)
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and
    let the marriage bed be undefiled; for
  fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
             (Hebrews 13:4 NASB)
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and
    let the marriage bed be undefiled; for
  fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
              (Hebrews 13:4 NASB)

 Marriage is honorable among all, and the
bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers
               God will judge.
              (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV)
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and
    let the marriage bed be undefiled; for
  fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
              (Hebrews 13:4 NASB)

 Marriage is honorable among all, and the
bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers
               God will judge.
              (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV)
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and
    let the marriage bed be undefiled; for
  fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
             (Hebrews 13:4 NASB)


timios, which means: “held as of great price,
         esteemed, especially dear.”
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and
    let the marriage bed be undefiled; for
  fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
             (Hebrews 13:4 NASB)


timios, which means: “held as of great price,
         esteemed, especially dear.”
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and
    let the marriage bed be undefiled; for
  fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
             (Hebrews 13:4 NASB)
  Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his
clothes not be burned? 28 Or can a man walk
 on hot coals, And his feet not be scorched?
            (Proverbs 6:27-28 NASB)


 So is the one who goes in to his neighbor's
   wife; Whoever touches her will not go
                unpunished.
              (Proverbs 6:29 NASB)
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for
whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
  8 For the one who sows to his own flesh
shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the
 one who sows to the Spirit shall from the
           Spirit reap eternal life.
             (Galatians 6:7-8 NASB)
  The one who commits adultery with a
 woman is lacking sense; He who would
 destroy himself does it. 33 Wounds and
disgrace he will find, And his reproach will
            not be blotted out.
            (Proverbs 6:32-33 NASB)
 What about a Pastor who commits adultery
            and then repents?

Do we forgive him and restore him and go on?

          Does he get a mulligan?
 What about a Pastor who commits adultery
            and then repents?

Do we forgive him and restore him and go on?

          Does he get a mulligan?
What about forgiveness?
    Doesn’t God forgive us
  when we repent of our sin?
    "FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR
 INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR
             SINS NO MORE."
              (Hebrews 8:12 NASB)


"And if he sins against you seven times a day,
  and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I
             repent,' forgive him."
                (Luke 17:4 NASB)
    "FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR
 INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR
             SINS NO MORE."
              (Hebrews 8:12 NASB)


"And if he sins against you seven times a day,
  and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I
             repent,' forgive him."
                (Luke 17:4 NASB)
“Hopefully, he can come back. I
believe that's what God would
             want."
Elder — is the Greek word presbuteros.

Bishop — is from the Greek word episkopos.

Pastor — from the Greek word poimen.
Elder — is the Greek word presbuteros.

Bishop — is from the Greek word episkopos.

Pastor — from the Greek word poimen.
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as
     your fellow elder and witness of the
  sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of
 the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd
   the flock of God among you, exercising
    oversight not under compulsion, but
voluntarily, according to the will of God; and
   not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
              (1 Peter 5:1-2 NASB)
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as
     your fellow elder and witness of the
  sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of
 the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd
   the flock of God among you, exercising
    oversight not under compulsion, but
voluntarily, according to the will of God; and
   not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
              (1 Peter 5:1-2 NASB)
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as
     your fellow elder and witness of the
  sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of
 the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd
   the flock of God among you, exercising
    oversight not under compulsion, but
voluntarily, according to the will of God; and
   not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
              (1 Peter 5:1-2 NASB)
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as
     your fellow elder and witness of the
  sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of
 the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd
   the flock of God among you, exercising
    oversight not under compulsion, but
voluntarily, according to the will of God; and
   not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
              (1 Peter 5:1-2 NASB)
 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and
  called to him the elders of the church.
               (Acts 20:17 NASB)


  "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the
flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made
   you overseers, to shepherd the church of
    God which He purchased with His own
                    blood.
                 (Acts 20:28 NASB)
 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and
  called to him the elders of the church.
               (Acts 20:17 NASB)


  "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the
flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made
   you overseers, to shepherd the church of
    God which He purchased with His own
                    blood.
                 (Acts 20:28 NASB)
 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires
    to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he
     desires to do. 2 An overseer, then, must be
      above reproach, the husband of one wife,
   temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable,
       able to teach, 3 not addicted to wine or
pugnacious, but gentle, uncontentious, free from
      the love of money. 4 He must be one who
   manages his own household well, keeping his
 children under control with all dignity 5 (but if a
    man does not know how to manage his own
household, how will he take care of the church of
                        God?);
               (1 Timothy 3:1-5NASB)
 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires
    to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he
     desires to do. 2 An overseer, then, must be
      above reproach, the husband of one wife,
   temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable,
       able to teach, 3 not addicted to wine or
pugnacious, but gentle, uncontentious, free from
      the love of money. 4 He must be one who
   manages his own household well, keeping his
 children under control with all dignity 5 (but if a
    man does not know how to manage his own
household, how will he take care of the church of
                        God?);
               (1 Timothy 3:1-5NASB)
  It is a trustworthy statement: if any man
 aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine
 work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then,
must be above reproach, the husband of one
   wife, temperate, prudent, respectable,
            hospitable, able to teach,
             (1 Timothy 3:1-2NASB)
  It is a trustworthy statement: if any man
 aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine
 work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then,
must be above reproach, the husband of one
   wife, temperate, prudent, respectable,
            hospitable, able to teach,
             (1 Timothy 3:1-2NASB)

                 anepileptos,
    “not able to be held, or taken hold of”
  It is a trustworthy statement: if any man
 aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine
 work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then,
must be above reproach, the husband of one
   wife, temperate, prudent, respectable,
            hospitable, able to teach,
             (1 Timothy 3:1-2NASB)

                 anepileptos,
    “not able to be held, or taken hold of”
The things you have learned and received
 and heard and seen in me, practice these
things; and the God of peace shall be with
                  you.
            (Philippians 4:9 NASB)
The things you have learned and received
 and heard and seen in me, practice these
things; and the God of peace shall be with
                  you.
            (Philippians 4:9 NASB)
   An unholy pastor is like a
stained glass window. He’s just
  a religious figure that keeps
           the light out.

                Richard Baxter
   that you may prove yourselves to be
 blameless and innocent, children of God
 above reproach in the midst of a crooked
and perverse generation, among whom you
       appear as lights in the world,
            (Philippians 2:15 NASB)
   that you may prove yourselves to be
 blameless and innocent, children of God
 above reproach in the midst of a crooked
and perverse generation, among whom you
       appear as lights in the world,
              (Philippians 2:15 NASB)


“irreproachable, living a life at which no finger
         of criticism may be pointed.”
  You are witnesses, and so is God, how
devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we
     behaved toward you believers;
          (1 Thessalonians 2:10 NASB)
   that you may prove yourselves to be
 blameless and innocent, children of God
 above reproach in the midst of a crooked
and perverse generation, among whom you
       appear as lights in the world,
            (Philippians 2:15 NASB)
   that you may prove yourselves to be
 blameless and innocent, children of God
 above reproach in the midst of a crooked
and perverse generation, among whom you
       appear as lights in the world,
            (Philippians 2:15 NASB)


   “Example is not the main thing in
influencing others. It is the only thing.”
  It is a trustworthy statement: if any man
 aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine
 work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then,
must be above reproach, the husband of one
   wife, temperate, prudent, respectable,
            hospitable, able to teach,
             (1 Timothy 3:1-2NASB)
  It is a trustworthy statement: if any man
 aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine
 work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then,
must be above reproach, the husband of one
   wife, temperate, prudent, respectable,
            hospitable, able to teach,
             (1 Timothy 3:1-2NASB)
  It is a trustworthy statement: if any man
 aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine
 work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then,
must be above reproach, the husband of one
   wife, temperate, prudent, respectable,
            hospitable, able to teach,
             (1 Timothy 3:1-2NASB)
  It is a trustworthy statement: if any man
 aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine
 work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then,
must be above reproach, the husband of one
   wife, temperate, prudent, respectable,
            hospitable, able to teach,
             (1 Timothy 3:1-2NASB)
 Remember those who led you, who spoke
the word of God to you; and considering the
 result of their conduct, imitate their faith.
              (Hebrews 13:7 NASB)
 Remember those who led you, who spoke
the word of God to you; and considering the
 result of their conduct, imitate their faith.
              (Hebrews 13:7 NASB)
   Finally then, brethren, we request and
  exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you
 received from us instruction as to how you
  ought to walk and please God (just as you
  actually do walk), that you may excel still
more. 2 For you know what commandments
  we gave you by the authority of the Lord
   Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your
sanctification; that is, that you abstain from
              sexual immorality;
           (1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 NASB)
   Finally then, brethren, we request and
  exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you
 received from us instruction as to how you
  ought to walk and please God (just as you
  actually do walk), that you may excel still
more. 2 For you know what commandments
  we gave you by the authority of the Lord
   Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your
sanctification; that is, that you abstain from
              sexual immorality;
           (1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 NASB)
QUESTIONS?
   HOLY IS THE LORD
  We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
   How great, how awesome is He

       And together we sing
   Holy is the Lord God Almighty
   The earth is filled with His glory
    Holy is the Lord God Almighty
   The earth is filled with His glory
   The earth is filled with His glory

  We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
   How great, how awesome is He
    And together we sing
        Everyone sing

 Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
 Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
The earth is filled with His glory
       It's rising up all around
It's the anthem of the Lord's renown
        It's rising up all around
It's the anthem of the Lord's renown

       And together we sing
          Everyone sing

  Holy is the Lord God Almighty
  The earth is filled with his glory
   Holy is the Lord God Almighty
  The earth is filled with his glory
  The earth is filled with his glory
  The earth is filled with his glory
Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty
          Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty
          Holy, Holy
     HOLY, HOLY, HOLY

           Holy, holy, holy!
         Lord God Almighty!
         Early in the morning
     Our song shall rise to thee.
           Holy, holy, holy!
        Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
             Holy, holy, holy!
        All the saints adore thee,
    Casting down their golden crowns
          Around the glassy sea;
         Cherubim and seraphim
        Falling down before thee,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shall be.
          Holy, holy, holy!
  Though the darkness hide thee,
   Though the eye of sinful man
      Thy glory may not see,
         Only thou art holy;
     There is none beside thee,
Perfect in power, in love and purity.
            Holy, holy, holy!
          Lord God Almighty!
 All thy works shall praise thy name,
       In earth and sky and sea.
            Holy, holy, holy!
         Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

				
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