Expository: I Thessalonians 5:11-22. INTRODUCTION:
Much stress is placed on the Christian's priorities in life, his place in the
church, his responsibility toward others and his pupose before God.
These things are rarely ever spoken of together; usually one or two at a time.
The church at Thessalonica was a good, strong, progressive church.
I Thess. 1:2-10.
Whether a church is strong, doing good or progressing, or whether it is weak,
sickly and falling behind, the individual Christian still has a task to perform
that is outlined by God.
In this lesson we will look at THE TASK OF THE INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN as outlined
by God through the apostle Paul.
EXHORT ONE ANOTHER - BUILD EACH OTHER UP - V. 11.
Exhort - PARAKALEO - Primarily, to call a person... denotes (a) to call on, entreat;
(b) to admonish, exhort, to urge one to pursue some course of conduct, (always
prospective, looking to the future). (Vine)
Churches are strengthened by exhortation - destroyed by continual criticism.
Exhortation makes people want to assemble.
Hebrews 10:24-25 - provoke - stimulate.
Selfish folk cannot edify - I Cor. 14 - "speaking in tongues when others could not understand."
DEVELOP A PROPER VIEW OF THE ELDERSHIP - V. 12-13a.
"Know them that labor among you..."
Can only be done by sharing your life with them.
Intimate knowledge - how they think, stand, care, etc.
"Know...(that they) are over you in the Lord..."
They are God's shepherds.
They decide what the sheep do, eat, drink, go.
Authority is in view here.
Verse 13 - Esteem them exceedingly high in love for their works sake.
Their job (work) is to watch over us.
Hebrews 13:17 - elders will be held responsible.
BE AT PEACE AMONG YOURSELVES - V. 13b.
This is something that must be worked at.
Ephesians 4:3 - "give diligence"
Fighting people are immature - I Cor. 3:1-3.
ADMONISH THE DISORDERLY - V. 14a.
Terms to understand:
Admonish - NOUTHETEO - "...to put in mind; to warn; It is used of instruction, of warning." (Vine)
Usually warns on the basis of what has been taught. Example: Warn a brother.
Disorderly - ATAKTOS -"signifies not keeping order; it is especially a military term, denoting not keeping rank, insubordinate." (Vine)