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11/20 1 Thessalonians 4-5

Just a quick note about the end of 1 Thessalonians.  Paul writes about Christ’s return in chapter 5 and how it will happen.  He states that those Christians alive at that time will meet up with Jesus in the sky and then spend forever with him.

16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the 1dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.

In Chapter 5 he reminds us that know one know the time that Jesus will return.

1Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

11/19 1 Thessalonians 1-3

Paul starts the book of 1 Thessalonians by writing about spreading the Gospel which is his mission given to him by the Lord.  Each time Paul describes their efforts to share the message with others by different means.  One could believe that by repeating this theme, he is showing them the importance of doing the same.

Chapter 1

4For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

Chapter 2

1You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. 2We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. 3For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.

Chapter 3

1So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 2We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.

Using the power of the Holy Spirit, using help from God, and sending others to spread the message are all methods that even today, we can implore to achieve the same results as Paul.  Allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to speak boldly or lifting up the lost to God in prayer are certainly within our means to do.  Raising up evangelists and sending them around the world through our financial support also is within our reach.  It would then appear that God wants us to respond to His Great Commission.  What exactly are we doing to fulfill it?

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment