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Does the Word Affect You?

Morning Worship
1st Thessalonians 2:13

1.  Three Distractions from hearing the Word:
      a.  There's the distraction of unbelief.
           Hebrews 4:2
      b.  There's the distraction of unconfessed sin.
           Psalms 66:18; Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 59:1-2
      c.  There's the distraction of being uninterested.
           Amos 8:11

2.  Three Disciplines necessary for hearing the Word:
      a.  Be sure that you hear.
           Mark 4:23
      b.  Be careful at what you hear.
           Mark 4:24; Ephesians 4:14
      c.  Be mindful of how you hear.
           Luke 8:18
           (1)  Some are curious hearers.
                  2nd Timothy 4:3-4
           (2)  Some are careless hearers.
                  James 1:23-34
           (3)  There are the careful, concentrating, committed hearers.
                  James 1:25

3.  Three Differences made by hearing the Word:
      a.  The Word enlightens the mind.
           Psalms 119:130
      b.  The Word empowers the will.
           John 11:43-44
      c.  The Word effects change in the heart.
           Ephesians 5:25b-27; 2nd Timothy 3:16-17

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