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Jeannie Koh
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LAB184 The Future Hope for Suffering
1 Peter 5:10-11
LAB182 The Art of War Part 2
1 Peter 5:8-10
LAB181 The Art of War Part 1
1 Peter 5:8-9
The Tale of Two Covenants
Hebrews 8:1-9:10
LAB180 Ways to cross-reference to understand a passage rightly
1 Peter 5:8-9
LAB177 God's Grace means I just sit back and relax? Hah! Think Again!!
1 Peter 5:7-9
LAB176 Three Ways to Fight Anxiety
1 Peter 5:7-8
LAB175 Why Romans 5:21 refers to imputed righteousness
Romans 5:20-6:2
LAB174 God relieves the humble of their fears
1 Peter 5:6-7
LAB170 Reading the passage supernaturally
1 Peter 5:2-3
LAB168 Reading Narratives to See Truths
Acts 16:19-31
LAB165 The Surpassing Wonder of the Truth of Election
Acts 13:46-49
LAB165 The Importance of Forming a Worldview
1 Peter 4:12-19
LAB161 Divine Conception and the Joyful Purpose of Christ's Arrival
Matthew 1:18-25
LAB160 The Ground for Seeking Purity of Faith in Suffering
1 Peter 4:17-18
LAB159 Seven Ways God honours us so we don't have to be ashamed for being Christians
1 Peter 4:16
LAB158 A Simple Verse With More Than Meets The Eye
1 Peter 4:15
LAB157 God Gives Us A Taste of Future Glory Now
1 Peter 4:14
LAB156 A Tale of Two Joys
1 Peter 4:13
LAB155 Using Word Searches to Understand Persecution in Peter
1 Peter 4:12
LAB154 Complaining in the right spirit
Jeremiah 12:1
LAB153 Don't Miss the Wonder of an Introduction
Galatians 1:3-5
Ask Questions to Reveal the Text's Dense Logic
1 Peter 4:10-11
LAB150 The Jigsaw Puzzle of Change
2 Corinthians 3:15-18
LAB148 Mine Within the Immediate Context First
1 Peter 4:10
LAB147 To See Requires God's Extraordinary Power
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
LAB146 Using varied contexts to understand godly hospitality
1 Peter 4:9
LAB145 How love helps cover sins by others
1 Peter 4:8
LAB144 The Levels of A Doxology
Romans 11:33-36
LAB143 Using Search Tool for Big Ideas like "Last Days"
1 Peter 4:7
LAB142 Praying after God's WORD when dealing with sin
Psalms 19:12-13
LAB141 Ground, Context and Logic to Determine Who the Dead are
1 Peter 4:6
LAB140 Loving Enemies and Trusting God's Justice
1 Peter 4:5
LAB139 Holiness defined by context, in part
1 Thessalonians 4:11-13
LAB138 The Inference that Leads to Meaningful Work
1 Corinthians 15:58
LAB137 The Ground For Not Boasting in Men
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
LAB136 What baptism has to do with salvation
1 Peter 3:21-22
LAB135 Show the World A Life Worth Living
1 Peter 4:3-4
LAB 134 Living for Godly Passions
1 Peter 4:2
LAB133 Who Are The Antichrists
1 John 2:18-19
LAB132 Christ died to make us dead to sin
1 Peter 4:1
LAB131 Can a True Christian Fall Away from God?
1 John 2:19
LAB130 Decrypting Confusing Bible Verses
1 Peter 3:19-20
LAB 129 It is the LORD who raises us up after we fall into sin
Micah 7:7-9
LAB128 Jesus Came to Ultimately Glorify God
Romans 15:8-9
LAB127 The Prayer for Fearless Contentment
Philippians 4:6-7
LAB126 No Other God
Deuteronomy 33:26-27
LAB125 How the OT Promises is Ours
Isaiah 41:10
LAB124 Prepare Your Heart for Cancer
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
LAB123 The Cross is to Bring Us to God
1 Peter 3:18
LAB122 The Keys to Knowing How to Live
Psalms 100:1-5
LAB121  God Wills Sin Done Against Us Without Sinning
1 Peter 3:17
LAB120 Meditating on the Word
James 3:17-18
LAB119 Treasure Jesus More than Safety
1 Peter 3:14-16
LAB118 God's blessings in suffering
1 Peter 3:14
LAB117 Sovereign God May Harm Us for Ultimate Good
1 Peter 3:13
LAB116 Love Your Enemies for Your Own Sake
1 Peter 3:9-12
LAB115 The Heart of the Christian Faith
Colossians 2:13-14
LAB114 How can we bless those who revile us?
1 Peter 3:8-9
LAB113 God Blesses Us to Bless the World
Psalms 67:1-7
LAB112 Election Gives Evangelism Power
2 Timothy 2:8-10
LAB110 Your Prayers Hang on Your Marriage
1 Peter 3:7
LAB 109 Believe God more than my pain and loss
John 11:1-6
LAB108 The Saving Power of a Fearless Wife
1 Peter 3:1-6
LAB107 Saved by Grace But Not Without War
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Only by Christ's atonement and substitution, will I be able to follow Christ's example of doing good in responding to evil
1 Peter 2:21-25
God's Wise Sayings are delightfully trustworthy
Proverbs 22:17-19
God is Faithful to Himself Above All Else
2 Timothy 2:11-13
Do good when mistreated, keeping God and His reward in mind.
1 Peter 2:18-20
LAB102 Live on Earth as Citizens of Heaven
1 Peter 2:13-17
LAB101 Holy God became like us
Philippians 2:3-8
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LAB111 Do Not Diminish God's Love for You
1 Thessalonians 1:2-7
LAB111 Do Not Diminish God's Love for You
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Published April 17th, 2016; Updated April 17th, 2016
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1 Thessalonians 1:2-7
We give thanks to God always for all of you,
Action - Thanksgiving
constantly mentioning you in our prayers,
remembering before our God and Father
your work of faith and
for the good work
labor of love and
steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know,
Ground for 1:2-3
brothers loved by God,
that he has chosen you,
because our gospel came to you not only in word,
Ground 1/2 for 1:4
but also in power and
in the Holy Spirit and
with full conviction.
(just as) you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord,
Ground 2/2 for 1:4
for you received the word in much affliction,
with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
Summary Points:
Paul thanks God because of the
steadfast labour and work that
comes from faith, hope and love
of the Thessalonian elect.
This good fruit has come about
because God has loved them
in a unique elected covenantal sense,
and chosen them.
Paul knows they have been so chosen
because of the way Paul and
his co-labourers have brought the gospel,
and because of the way the Thessalonian
believers have received and lived out the gospel.
Study Questions 1. Why does Paul thank God for something the Thessalonians are doing? And what does that suggest about our good works? Paul sees that God is behind or the cause of what the Thessalonians are doing. This suggests that God is behind and the cause of all our good works. "God is the decisive cause behind these things." 2. Are the “work of faith,” “labor of love,” and “steadfastness of hope” the same or separate realities or activities? They are different dimensions of Christian living which are inter-related such as one cannot exist without the other. 3. If faith, hope, and love are distinct, what distinguishes them and how do they relate to one another? "Faith, hope and love are all involved in the life and labour of a Christian." Love comes from faith ( Gal 5:6). Faith produces work through love. Love produces labour because faith awakens, or leads to love Faith can look back to the cross and to the future, hope is faith looking forward (Heb 11:1). Faith is substance of things hoped for. Faith and hope gives rise to love which gives rise to work or labour for others. In other words: Faith is awakened Faith gives rise to love Part of the faith is also hope, faith for the future Faith and hope gives rise to love love gives rise to steadfast, persevering work and labour All of these, faith, hope and love is from God, the decisive cause, who Paul gives thanks to. 4. What does Paul mean when he says, “he has chosen you,” in 1 Thessalonians 1:4 ? How does his use of the same word in 2 Thessalonians 2:13 affect your answer? God is choosing the elect for salvation through sanctification in the Spirit through belief in the through through work of faith through work of love through steadfastness of hope 5. What does Paul mean here by the phrase “loved by God” ( 1 Thessalonians 1:4 )? Is this love God’s love for all people, or only for believers? Why? This is not love for the entire world (e.g. John 3:16) because not all in this world are saved It is the love similar to Eph 5:25 where the love Christ has for the church unique, in the way husbands love their wives in a unique way, a covenant affection Romans 1:7 only those who are loved uniquely in Rome who are called to be saints 6. Explain the “For” at the beginning of 1 Thessalonians 1:4 . How does what comes after the “For” explain or ground what comes before? God is the one to be thanked when steadfast labour and work of faith and hope among believers, because God has chosen them. By choosing them, believers are able to do steadfast labour and work of faith and hope. 7. Explain the “because” at the beginning of 1 Thessalonians 1:5 . How does what comes after the “because” explain or ground what comes before it? Paul knows God has chosen the Thessalonian elect because the gospel came in word in power in the Holy Spirit in full conviction 8. When Paul says the word came “in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction,” whose power and conviction is he talking about? Why do you think that? The power and conviction of Paul and his fellow labourers 1:5 literally "just as" Paul and his fellow labourers proved to be 9. Does receiving the gospel with joy confirm that we are elect? Why or why not? How do 1 Thessalonians 1:2–7 and Mark 4:16–17 change or fill out your answer? Joy alone does not confirm evidence of election The parable of the seed in Mark, the joy must be in the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:6) accompanied with endurance in the midst of trials and suffering, continued trust in the Word The joy is the valuing of Jesus, finding joy in Jesus more than avoiding suffering Takeaway God is the ultimate cause of any good work To consider the signs of election: joy in the Holy Spirit in treasuring and delighting in the life in Christ, enduring in trials and suffering, continued trust in the Word
Geoff halpin
The New Testament was not written in responce to the excesses of the Catholic Church in sixteenth century Europe. In reading your paper I felt that the way the questions were framed suggested a greater concerned with Calvin's theology then Paul's. May I recommend you read N.T Wright's 'The New Testament and the People of God,' and his other works in his Christian Origins series, to provide valuable insight into the first century context. Wright is considered hard going by many, but if you can manage Calvin, Wright shouldn't be a problem. 

God bless you in your efforts. The Church needs more women teachers and leaders. Please don't be discouraged by a strong men only culture that still pervades sections of the church. Just do your work, particularly on the Greek, if you can, and you'll find nothing to hold you back.
Andy Hubert
Jeannie did not write these questions. This group is connected to John Piper's Look at the Book and the study questions provided there.

That being said, we could weigh your critique better if you provided a particular example or two of how Piper's questions are concerned with Calvin's theology and not Paul's. And how should the questions have been framed, do you think?
Jeannie Koh
Amen, Pastor Enemchukwu.
Pastor enemchukwu
well what came to my mind ,as I was navigating through this outline , was that, the saints in Christ,   are  grossly indebted to both man and God.The  saints are indebted to God,because we are been saddled with enormous responsibilities,to shoulder as the saints, within the sphere of their influence . Apostle Paul, once said am "indebted to the Jews,gentiles ,barbarians and the elites"  .And we owe  faithfulness,industry and perseverance to God almighty.Because we are called to mediate between humanity and divinity.
       Therefore we ought to work in perfect order, for a man of God ,should be without blame and he suppose to perfect, according to Paul.
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