As we move along in our study of 1 Thessalonians, we come to one of the clearest and most straight forward teachings on holiness and sexual purity in the New Testament. Both verse 2 and 4 of chapter 4 emphasize that this teaching was not new to the Thessalonians. The young church had heard this specific message before. In a similar way for us, this admonition of walking to please God in this area of holiness and sexual purity is not new. We know that God’s teaching on this subject is clear throughout the Bible, but like the Thessalonians, we need to hear it again. We need to be reminded that the follower of Jesus is called to a life that is set apart (holy) for God and His service.
A timely and immensely practical text, we will be looking at the motivations and reasons given to avoid sexual immorality as well as some ways to walk in counter cultural self-control and holy distinction.