Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20
One thing that is evident in this passage is the love that Paul has for the church in Thessalonica. What does a church that Paul approves of look like?
1. They took heed to the Word of God. The church acknowledged the Word of God and took it to heart. Verse 13 shows us that they accepted the Word of God and it was at work within the believers there. As a staff, we are so grateful to help lead a church that loves God’s Word as much as you do! It’s amazing to see example after example of how God’s Word is changing lives.
2. They lived out the Word of God. The church did not just hold the Word of God to a high standard, they actually sought to live it out. They were a church that was becoming more and more like Jesus. They were imitators of Jesus in that they were able to withstand suffering, and in withstanding suffering, they kept a positive witness for Christ.
These aspects of a healthy church were so strong that Paul could say that this church was his boast, glory and joy.
Thank you, Center Point, for having similar characteristics of this church! You are truly a joy to lead and shepherd, and your staff loves you and cares for you deeply. Each and everyone of us is walking through this pandemic in various ways, but be encouraged today to be an example of Christ’s suffering in whatever you do. Even in suffering, his focus was on God, not his circumstances, and this freed him to keep a proper focus and love people well.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate
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20 Yes, you are our pride and joy.
Good word today Graham! In 1983 the late Stevie Ray Vaughan released his debut album and the hit song from that album was called Pride & Joy. It was on the radio constantly and stayed at the top of the charts for a long time. Even though I loved the song, and still do, the lyrics where about his infatuation with a new girlfriend. As Graham discussed in his commentary, the goal of the church is to live out the Word of God in a manor that makes us the pride and joy of our Savior. Thank you CPC Staff for keeping The Word, and living it out, the number one priority at Center Point Church. Blessing to all as we enter Good Friday & Easter Weekend.