Continuing the Gospel Community series, Matt and Alan get into 1 Thessalonians.
Paul tells the believers there that he knows they are already doing certain things, but prays and calls them to grow and abound in those areas even more.
Grow in gentle, warm, tender love for one another
Grow in honouring one another
Grow in familial affection for one another
Paul meeting with the Elders from Ephesus was a precious time of giving them final instructions reminding them of the example he set for them which demonstrated Paul's style of ministry and provides qualities for those who would serve the Lord and His people.
The true worshippers will worship God in spirit and in truth. They have a heart that is truly affectionate towards Him. They come before Him led by the Spirit of God, in a heart of humility worshipping the true God.
We must not allow our desire for loved ones to go to heaven to lead us into a human-centered religion. While it is healthy to have a burden for lost souls to come to Christ, we need to keep Christ and His glory at the center of our affections. The moment of conversion is important, and the Christian life after conversion is also vital to glorifying our Savior.
Many of us might wish that we had the same faith as the Apostles. Our assumption is that, since they walked alongside Jesus, they had some sort of 'special faith.' But Peter is quite adamant that our faith is equal to his! So perhaps our problem is that we aren't taking the time to grow in the faith that already have. If we have everything we need for a life of godliness, how do we bring it to fruition so we can actually see it in our lives?
Key Verse—2:4: "For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you." (ESV)
Aim: To be Good Stewards of Pain, Faith, and Love—as Christ's church
Preacher: Gregg Harris
Greet All the Brethren with a Holy Kiss
1 Thessalonians 5:26
Key word: Affection
Is it a command to kiss or a command to show affection? Which is the mark of Christian brothers and sisters?