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1 Thessalonians 1:10–2:20 ESV
10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain. 2 But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. 3 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. 6 Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11 For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. 13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last! 17 But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, 18 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 20 For you are our glory and joy.
Gospel: I am responsible to believe, live it out and tell others, but I dont do it alone.
Spirit of God who lives in me
The rest of the body of believers
We fit!
Christ is the head.
Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
Rapture or judgement? This church was looking forward to a coronation, not condemnation.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 ESV
9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 Timothy 4:8 ESV
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Questions from last week:
What role does the church play in our society? Community? How far do you think we reach?
For what do you thank God for as you pray for our church?
What does it mean that God has chosen You? How would you explain that to someone who doesnt believe in Christ? What role does free will play in salvation?
Thessalonica - A Church Born from Tenderness and Persecution
The Thessalonian Christians had determined the religion they left was empty and unsatisfying. Paul reminds them this is still true.
Paul, Silas and Timothy had been entrusted with the gospel. The Thessalonian church received the same call. We HAVE been entrusted with the same. What an incredible privilege! The message of hope for all mankind, for all time, entrusted to the simple of organizations.
In the political and social chaos of their day, they understood well they had only to please God - ‘not looking for praise from men’.

when President George Bush had fiery John Sununu as his chief of staff in the White House, Sununu was once asked by a reporter if his job was difficult. He answered a quick and deliberate “No.” The reporter thought that Sununu had misunderstood the question, so he asked again. And got the same reply.

The chief of staff explained, “I have only one constituent.” He knew his job was to please the President.

We were gentle, shared our lives with you, loved you with a father’s love (encouraging, comforting and urging).
Because of the reception of Christ and the gospel, Paul knew their ministry was not in vain!
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