Direct. Make. Establish. These three words form the backbone of St Paul’s prayer for his dear church in Thessalonica. They are actions that St Paul prays God will take on behalf of the believers there. Jim Scullion ends by asking if we pray like this for our church.
What “Four Basic Things” might St Paul be trying to get across to his readers in Thessalonica? You’ll have to listen to Jim Scullion’s analysis in today’s sermon.
Now just what could make St Paul ooze, as it were, with emotion and longing for a group of people he had only spent two or three weeks, maybe four, with? What could be so special about people? That is the subject of Jim’s sermon from 1 Thessalonians.
Ever notice in a family how some children readily respond positively to parents’ wishes or directives, and other are a bit [or a lot] less responsive? And have you ever noticed- or experienced -that the obedient child can be castigated by the others for being to good? Jim Scullion pointed out a similar situation from 1 Thessalonians 2 where St Paul tries to encourage the relatively new believers in Thessalonica.
In 1 Thessalonians, St Paul defends his ministry to the Thessalonians. Can we defend our service or ministry in the same way?
Jim Scullion continues his series in 1 Thessalonians on just what is true “Gospel Church”.
We can gain perspective on what a ‘true church’ is by looking at how St Paul addresses the church in Thessalonica. This church was really, really young, yet St Paul suggests that they are a true church.
Why does St Paul command believers to ‘give thanks’? Shouldn’t this be our natural inclination? Pastor Jim shares some thoughts.