What do you need to do to “pass the test”? Well, JIm Scullion addresses this question from the letter of St John, chapter 2.
When St Paul uses the word ‘finally’ in 2 Thessalonians 3 he actually means it! This is not always the case with St Paul. And so how does he summarize his letter to the Thessalonian believers? Pray and Obey. List as Jim Scullion walks us through the end of his series on the two letters to the Thessalonian believers.
Lots of crazy things happening here, in the US and around the world. Yes? The same was true for the congregation in Thessalonica to whom St Paul wrote a few letters. Specifically, he wanted to remind the readers that they could trust what they had been taught and that God would not leave them in a state of helplessness. And Jim Scullion shows in his sermon how these things can help us today.
Jim Scullion starts a new series on the short letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians- his second letter to this church. Perhaps surprising to us, St Paul indicated that persecution was evidence that the church was growing! Maybe not what we want to hear? But maybe its what we need to hear in these days.
We are coming to the end of Jim Scullion’s series on 1 Thessalonians. And as you might imagine, St Paul ends with a flurry of exhortations. Some restate what he has said earlier; others seem to be additional things that he feels necessary to also let the church in Thessalonica hear.
Humans have always been very curious about “the future”. When will X happen? What is going to happen to Y? It seems apparent that the believers in Thessalonica were similarly curious. As much as St Paul cared for this congregation, he rather firmly suggests that they might be asking the wrong question(s) and that there are some things that God does not choose to reveal.
Hmm. Interesting how what we might have experienced in the late 1970s in the US could possibly have been the experience of Christians in Thessalonica in the 1st Century. Uncertainty of what to do in light of the eminent return of Jesus and the death of believers who died before Jesus returned. Hmmm. What to do?
It is very common in St Paul’s letters [in the New Testament] to begin with theology and then double back with practical application of the theological truths he has attempted to present, to teach, to reinforce. Such is the case in his first letter to the Thessalonians. Listen as Jim Scullion preaches from 1 Thess 4.