The Goodness of Unity | Psalm 133
Built For More: Week 1- Day 4
Big Idea: Celebrate the gift of spiritual family
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
1Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
9Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
Three Questions for Consideration
With every biblical passage, there is much for the reader to consider—things like cultural context, the people involved, the location, and the message that’s being communicated.
All these things should be considered before we move to personal application of the biblical truth presented in the biblical text. Once we have considered these foundational aspects of a biblical passage, that’s when we can move to personal application.
One helpful way to allow the truth of Scripture to mold and shape our lives is to consider the following questions as we seek personal application:
UP: What does this communicate about the character of God?
IN: How does this encourage me to live in a relationship with the Family of God?
OUT: How does this influence me to intentionally live on mission and reach others with the Gospel?