1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 Be Encourage To

God’s desire for each of us to walk with each other modeling.

Paul shares a few final instructions and a closing blessing for the church in Thessalonica. These are instructions that equally apply to all the churches. One of Paul’s final instructions is to share this letter with the other churches.

Paul’s instructions fall into three general categories. The first deals with the relationship between those in authority and those they govern. The second concerns the members of the body as a whole. The final category involves the relationship with God, both individually and corporately.

“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you. and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work” (verses 12-13a). Notice Paul did not say “worship” or blindly follow. He said “respect” and “esteem them very highly in love.” Respect means: a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Read more »

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 The Coming Day

He IS coming back. Be ready!

Paul addresses the concerns of this new body about the Jesus’ return. The rest of the world will be blindsided but not His body.

We DO NOT know when Jesus will return. Even Jesus Himself doesn’t. Only God does. But He has given us a lot of indicators as to the timing. We have God’s word with every warning and pre sign in it. NO we don’t understand it all and won’t until it is part of hindsight. But what we do know is that He IS coming back. Read more »

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 We Have Hope

This is NOT the end. It is only a transition space.

Paul addresses his readers’ confusion about death. He shares a wonderful hope that the world doesn’t have. He also lets them know that the dead will be given special honor at Jesus’ return.

This is a passage where we could sit and debate theology but I don’t want to. I’m going to throw out a couple of scenarios that I have heard proposed regarding our text and let you take from them what you will. I will also throw out a couple of questions to maybe make you think about the different possibilities. Read more »

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Supplemental Instructions

Live the life He calls you to with peace

Paul shares with his readers some of the basics of Christian living. His focus is broad but confines itself to three areas, in our reading tonight.

The first broad focus from Paul deals with sexual sin. He doesn’t get down and list specific acts to avoid. Instead he warns them to “abstain from sexual immorality” (verse 3b). I’m assuming that they were very familiar with the litany of sexual behaviors that were present in their day. Paul identified the root of the issue as being the “passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (verse 5).

“Lust is a psychological force producing intense wanting for an object, or circumstance fulfilling the emotion. Lust can take any form such as the lust for sexuality, money or power. It can take such mundane forms as the lust for food as distinct from the need for food.”

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I Thessalonians 3:6-13 A Good Report

Timothy’s report brought joy with it.

Paul is very pleased to relate what a glowing report he received from Timothy. His fears have been put to rest and he is rejoicing instead.

It had not been a long time since Paul and company left Thessalonica but it still nerve wracking to Paul. They had such a short time there to plant this church. What kind of soil were they from Jesus’ parable? Were they rocky soil that sprang up quickly but also died in the heat of the day? Were they thorny soil that the cares of the day choked out the word? Or were they good soil that would yield an abundance of fruit? Paul could take the uncertainty no longer so he sent Timothy to check it out. Read more »