Holy lives and holy kisses                  I Thess. 5:23-28

“As each successive division masks our own, it halts, the men face inward toward us across the road, twelve feet away; then carefully dress their line…They fix bayonets, stack arms; then hesitantly, remove cartridge-boxes and lay them down. Lastly – reluctantly, with agony of expression- they tenderly fold their flags, battle worn and torn, bloodstained, heart-holding colors, and lay them down…How could we help falling on our knees, all of us together, and praying God to pity and forgive us all.”            –General Chamberlain, quoted in April 1865, p 197-198

A benediction is a brief prayer highlighting God’s _____________ to bring about what’s requested in the prayer, while also challenging us to action.

A prayer for holy __________________                   V. 23-24

We can’t do any of the things commanded of us in I Thessalonians by ourselves – but __________________ can in and through us!

Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.    -Philippians 1:6

The New Testament speaks of Sanctification in three ways:

The believer has obtained a ____________________ sanctification, given them in the past at the moment of salvation.         Heb. 10:10

The believer strives for a ______________________ sanctification, in which they personally apply God’s Word in their lives in the present.

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord.                       -2 Cor. 7:1

The believer will have a ____________________ sanctification, when in the future they are forever in the presence of Jesus.   I John 3:2

We are to work ______________ into every area of our lives what God worked into us at salvation!    Phil. 2:12-13    I Peter 1:3-5

A plea for holy _______________________             V. 25-28