Thessaloniki was a young church in need of a lot of encouragement. Paul was with them for a relatively short time, but the gospel made huge impacts on them. So he writes this letter now to encourage them: you started really well in the gospel, you imitated us, now you must continue on in the gospel you first heard.
Thank God for Genuine Christians
As we start our new sermon series in 1 Thessalonians, Paul begins the first chapter overflowing with thankfulness for the work that God has done in the lives of the Thessalonians. Our passage shows us 8 markers that they are genuine Christians, as the gospel comes in and the gospel goes out from them.
Authentic Gospel Ministry
Authentic gospel ministry that produces genuine faith is transparently honest, deeply personal, and is embraced as God’s Word.
The Good News of Steadfast Faith
The genuine gospel minister greatly desires and rejoices in seeing steadfast faith. Know and appreciate how your steadfast faith greatly encourages those who minister to you - it is truly good news to them! So make sure you press on in faith (relying always on God who grows your faith)
A More and More Life
What's the bare minimum I need to do to live a Christian life? As we explore 1 Thessalonians 4 we see Paul is completely against this kind of thinking. Instead, he instructs us to live for God more and more
Standing Firm with Second-Coming Hope
The return of Jesus gives hope and comfort to those grieving death, and motivates us to godly living while we wait for Jesus’ appearing.
Standing Firm Together
The exhortation and encouragement to stand firm together requires unity, effort, and grace.