Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
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Today we begin to study 1 Thessalonians. This book was written by Paul (with the help of Silas and Timothy) to the church in Thessalonica (v.1). A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit Thessaloniki, Greece – the site where this church was. It was written toward the end of A.D. 52 from Corinth about 350 miles away.
The story of Paul and Silas’ first visit to Thessalonica is found in Acts 17:1-9. When they traveled there, they began to teach in the synagogue about Jesus’s death and resurrection. Some listened and followed Jesus. Others were jealous and formed a mob to start a riot. Paul and Silas had already left for Berea.
After the greeting in his letter, Paul always begins his letters with encouragement. This one is no exception. Paul tells them that he prays faithfully for them. Then he praises them for three great qualities:
Their Faithful Work
Paul acknowledged the consistent work of faith that these brothers and sisters performed. God gifts each of us with abilities to serve others and expects us to be faithful in using those gifts He has given us.
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2
Their Loving Deeds
The people in the church of Thessalonica loved others and served them with labor of love. Whether this was providing for physical, emotional, or spiritual – they cared for the people around them.
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Their Enduring Hope
They were steadfast in the belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. Even though they were few in number, they stood strong amidst the pressure in the world around them.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
These are great things for us to work for as well. How faithful are you in serving, spending time with God, sharing the incredible message of salvation, and discipling others? Ask God to give you a heart of faithfulness today.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor
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