May 22, 2014

Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

Welcome to our study through Thessalonians.  As you may recall from yesterdays JumpStart, Paul is remembering his visit to Thessalonica.  Thessaloniki is still a vibrant city (it’s the second largest city in Greece). Receiving God’s Word

Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.  1 Thessalonians 2:13

It’s so easy for us to read God’s Word, hear it taught – even take notes but not really receive it.  We say we believe it, but often live as what Craig Croeschel calls “practical atheists” (from his bookThe Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist).  James addresses this in James 1:22-25

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.  But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

Are you the man who hears but doesn’t obey – looks at his dirty face in a mirror and does nothing?  It’s easy to be that man.  Remember when the word of God is taught there are four kinds of hearers (from Jesus words in Matthew 13)

  1. Hard Ground Hearer – their heart is so hard that the word of God doesn’t penetrate it.  It runs off – week after week – like water on pavement.
  2. Shallow Ground Hearer – they act as though they want the Word – they seem to receive it – but because they are so shallow – the ideas they heard quickly die.
  3. Thorny Ground Hearer – they also seem to receive the Word – and you think they’re going to run with it – but the cares and worries and stress of the world steal it away.
  4. Good Ground Hearer – Jesus said hears the Word and receives it.  It produces 100 times results in their lives and lives around them.

What kind of hearer are you?  Do you receive the Word of God?  Do you do what it says? Please post today how the Word of God has changed you in the last 3 months.  Thanks for reading!!

Posted: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “May 22, 2014”

  1. Wow! This hit hard this morning! This is truth that I tend to purposefully forget at times. Thanks for this post and for the faithfulness you and the staff at CPC have to not only teach us and lead us but to demonstrate this type hearing and living. Have a blessed day CPC!

  2. I’m going thru Romans currently and only after reading the first 5 chapters did I realize how much “faith” I easily put in my sinful nature. I have no problem grasping the negative influence of sin because I battle my flesh everyday. But as strong as the curse of sin is on the human race, God’s grace shown to us through the death of Jesus Christ is even MORE powerful. It wasn’t until I actually read this for myself that this truth actually sunk in and provided me peace.

  3. I’ve been studying 1 Thessalonians a bit in depth recently. While reading 1 Thes. 1:2-4 and seeing how Paul encouraged the people of the church of the Thessalonians, I was prompted to be more of an intentional encourager of individuals at CPCRichmond who worth with faith, labor with love, and have a strong hope in Jesus.

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