It is often true that Christians have a desire to know God’s will, although I suspect that much of our contemporary desire to know God’s will is bound up in some sort of divine weather forecasting: we want to know if our skies will be blue or grey, that we might be able to better plan and chart our days on this earth. Today’s passage and study takes us beyond that, and we will be processing it along the lines of two guiding questions - 1) Why do we desire to know God’s will? 2) What exactly is at the heart of God’s will for us?
In today’s passage we can learn about prayer from Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians. As we think about our own prayers, we should ask, “Who are the characters in my prayer life? What am I praying for? Why am I praying for these things? When do I pray for these things?”
When we read this epistle, we realise that Paul is in love with the Thessalonian church. But before we just dismiss it as just knowledge, we should also read these verses closely and pray that we’ll also be affected by it.
We saw last week how Paul appealed to the shared faith of the believers in Thessalonika as he wrote to them and exhorted them to please God, not man. The substance of his appeal was this: that a life ‘well lived’ is one that proclaims the good news of the gospel and that makes Jesus known to others.
This week, we look at how Paul approached ministry. How exactly did he “proclaim the good news of the gospel” to the Thessalonian church?
We live in a world where things that are not churches, masquerade as churches. Many of us have loose understandings of what the church of Jesus Christ actually is. Many of us attended about 90 mins of religious gatherings. At this gathering, we were in the same space with different people, sat to listen to a talk, sang some songs, and left.
What would the apostle Paul say about our gathering? Would he say that it is the church? What would you say to him?
Paul has so much praise for this church, and it would do us well to pay attention to see what this church is like!
Who is a Christian? Who is a true believer? These are 2 questions that we will consider as we look at the opening verses of this letter to the church. Why is this important? Nothing is more important than a proper understanding of our spiritual condition, and it is of greater importance to those of us who understand what our spiritual condition should be.
Paul wrote two letters, also known as epistles, to the church that he established in Thessalonica, now modern-day Thessaloniki. In what is now 1 and 2 Thessalonians, he writes about his feelings to them, things in his own life, and teachings on Christian doctrine to encourage them.