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OUR FOCUS THIS MORNING: I Th. 2:19-20
The second great upward look of this epistle
– In brief it crystalizes our FUTURE JOY OF HOMEGOING
 
You remember chapter one as it emphasized our PRESENT HOPE OF SALVATION.
 
There are two vital aspects we learned:
1] In salvation we were wondrously placed into a divine position that MAKES us:
 
LOOK AGAIN AT I THESS. 1
v. 1 = Secure in the Father
Submissive to Christ as Lord
 
v. 6 = Energized by the Holy Spirit
 
v. 9 = Serving the living and true God
 
v. 10 = Waiting for His Son
 
Secondly, chapter one not only emphasizes that divine position, it also reminds us of our DIVINE CONDITION reflected by Paul! What does he do in v. 2 ?
 
Yes – GIVES THANKS.
Remember that condition? It has 5 elements we can call the ELEMENTS OF GODLY THANKSGIVING.
 
What are they?
1] [v.2] “WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD”
What’s that?
It is focused on the author – God
 
2] “ALWAYS”. What’s that element?
It continues in daily life.