- · The preaching of the Gospel throughout the whole world (Matthew 24:14).
- · The desolating sacrilege of the temple of God (Matthew 24:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
- · Remaining pure and chaste (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5).
- · Loving fellow believers (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10).
- · Respecting our leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:12).
- · Occupying ourselves in productive work – whether secular or spiritual so that we are self-sufficient (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, Matthew 24:40-41).
- · Encouraging the weak, admonishing the idlers (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
- · Rejoicing always (1 Thessalonians 5:16).
- · Praying always (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
- · Giving thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
- · Being spiritually discerning. Test every spirit, knowing that deception is rampant during the last days. Be careful not to fall into either extreme – being overly enthusiastic about spiritual gifts and manifestations or being suspicious and indifferent to them (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22).
- · Striking a balance between looking after our spirit, soul and body. Apart from our spiritual obligations, we must feed our mind with positive things and keep our body healthy so that it can continue to serve us well (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
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