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Four Responsibilities to other People

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> A.   1Thess 5:14 Instructions regarding responsibilities we have toward others

> B.   Part of a letter written by Paul to church in Thessalonica

> 1.   Success & opposition Acts 17:1-6  Church strong 1Thess 1:5-8;                                   good relationship with them 1Thess 3:6-7; taught them to: endure                              suffering 2:14; 3:2-3; not go back to former ways 4:4-8; also taught

on second coming; and future of dead Christians chapters 4 & 5

2.   1Thess 5 continues a discussion about second coming of Christ

and closes with practical admonitions

> C.   "Exhorts" (implore or beg) them to "DO": shows importance

> D.   Addressed to Christians not just preachers or elders.

> E.   (TITLE) Members sometime feel no responsibility, yet, we all have

responsibilities.  Look at these four responsibilities



> A.   "Unruly" = "disorderly, out of the ranks; irregular 1Thess 5:14

1.   Military term describe soldiers not keeping ranks; breaking line

> 2.   Same word used 2Thess 3:6  "withdraw" from "disorderly"

3.   Army ineffective if soldiers get out of line, leave ranks, etc.

> B.   Unruly members are to be warned

1.   "Warn" comes from word also found in 1Thess 5:12 translated

"admonish"- some translate it that way in 1Thess 5:14 also

2.   Important, because soul involved.  Who is real friend?  One

who warns person in danger or one who says, "I don't want to

offend him; or he might get mad if I tell him

3.   If we understand physical, why not spiritual

4.   If don't agree, we must appreciate his interest in our soul

> C.   Many afraid of offending; but not of allowing sin to run its course

1.   Admonition is not gossip Gal 6:1; Jas 5:19

2.   Is it more godly to speak to one who has been disorderly or

say nothing and talk about him to anyone who will listen

> D.   Possible to fall - guard against falling 1Cor 10:12; Gal 5:4

1.   Allow God to speak to you daily: read, study, meditate

2.   Speak to God daily: prayer will stop sin or sin will stop prayer.

3.   Speak for God daily- we must win souls for Christ

4.   Work for God daily- take advantage of opportunities to do good


> A.   Not intellectual - ASV, NASB "encourage the fainthearted"  those

discouraged downcast, despondent, disheartened

> 1.   Dr. Leonard Crammer- psychiatrist who specialized 30 years treating

depressed people said, "The human being is the only species that can't

survive alone.  The human needs another human being  otherwise he is dead!  A telephone call to a depressed person can save a life.  An occasional

word, a ten-minute visit, can be more effective than twenty-four hours of

nursing care.  You can buy nursing care.  You can't buy love."

2.   Discouraged: by disappointments, lack of growth in others or

self, sin of others or own; general disappointments in life such

as death of a loved one, illness, and various hardships

> B.   Bible uses word "exhort" very close to word comfort or encourage

1.   A sincere urging - encourage ones right to continue & admonish

others to improve." Heb 3:12-13; 1Tim 4:13; Heb 10:25

2.   Paul's letters to Timothy were written to encourage him to

persevere in the Christian life and in his role as a teacher

> C.   Many ways to encourage others: show concern for and confidence

in them - by a call, a card, a visit, a passing remark, a small deed

word of kindness may help in more ways than we will ever know.

> D.   Times we warn unruly, other times comfort the feebleminded


> A.   Not physically weak but spiritually weak - reasons for being

spiritually weak just as those who are physically weak

> 1.   Newly converted, generally "weak" for awhile - like babies

but must grow 1Pet 2:2 new converts; shows church at work

> 2.   Members for years but never grown spiritually Heb 5:12-14

> B.   Weak must be supported -  NASB and NIV "help the weak"

1.   Not upholding in error or making excuses for them

2.   Correct error and help grow - may mean first principles again

3.   Some haven't had time to grow - so may just need time

> C.   Infant not left to care for self; but often new converts, receive little

teaching  Matt 28:18-20 "teach," "baptize," and "teach"

> D.   Heed admonitions in passages like Rom 15:1; Phil 2:4


> A.   Patience- forbearance, long-suffering; quality of self-restraint in                                     provocation that does not hastily retaliate or promptly punish.

involves ideas of continuance or endurance

> B.   Essential to salvation Heb 10:36, (contrast v 38) 12:1 note 2Pet 1:6

> C.   Toward ALL men

> 1.   Not easily discouraged, persevere in helping all

> 2.   "Patience" in warning unruly

> 3.   Patient comforting discouraged

> 4.   Patient helping weak- don't go from weak to strong over night         > D.         Paul worked with Corinthians with patience 2Cor 12:12


> A.   We have a responsibility to each of these four groups: Warn unruly;

comfort       Feeble-minded; Support the weak; patient with all

> B.   Are we fulfilling our responsibilities in each of these areas?

> C.   It takes mature full grown Christians to shoulder these responsibilities                    successfully

(from an outline by Mike Johnson of Huntsville, AL revised by JLH)

Acts 17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:    2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,    3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.     4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.    5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.    6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

2Thess 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Jas 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;    20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

1Cor 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Gal 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.    13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

1Tim 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

1Pet 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.   13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.   14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.   19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:   20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Rom 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Phil 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2Pet 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Cor 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.


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