The Dynamics of Our Faith

This Sunday we’ll be looking at 1 Thess 2:13-20 as we finish up the chapter. (The Message Version)

Paul will move from talking about how he shared the gospel, to how they received it.  As we examine their response, in light of our own purpose of finding hope in uncertain times, we recognize a few elements that added depth to the faith of the Thessalonian Christians.

In V13, what is Paul stoked about concerning them?  What did he mean, in his writing, by the “Word of God”?  What do we apply to our own lives of faith from this verse?

V14-16 describes some of the things that resulted in believing Paul’s message.  It wasn’t rest on soft pillows…what was it?  Sometimes we can think we did something wrong when we face hard times…but v14 puts a different light on hard times and the struggles we face for our faith.  What comfort can we draw from v14? (read it in the Message)

v17-20 tells of Paul’s great love for the Thessalonians, and his frustration at not being able to return to them.   V18 is a standout in that section.  In one verse, with a few words, Paul indicates the scope of all the events that have unfolded.  This is much bigger than magistrates and Synagogue leaders.  Who opposes Paul?  Who is the enemy?  Does he win?

Stuff to gnaw on.

Peace.

2 thoughts on “The Dynamics of Our Faith

  1. When I go through difficult times, I can find comfort in knowing that it will all work out great in the end because I know how the story will end. We can hear God speaking to us and find comfort in His Word, until that time comes. Because we know the truth, our salvation through Christ, we can rejoice and not lose faith!!!

  2. I love the “you have followed in the same footsteps as…” part. When I was stationed in Europe I had the honor of walking on many battlefields. I was stationed in Holland, so often I would visit Arnhem, the focus of the movie A Bridge Too Far or I would visit the American cemetery in Margraten. I would walk the fields or read the tombstones and I would always be in awe. I would think of those that had walked this way before me — men just like me but facing (especially in the case of the British) very dire circumstances in deed. They had given a pledge to defend their countries, and many had honored that pledge with their blood. As an American serviceperson, I was them — only 50 years latter.

    I get the same feeling reading verse 14, I am a part of something bigger than myself. I am walking were generations of fellow believers have already walked. The church in Judea, the church in Phillipi, the church in Iona — we have them all as examples of those that ran their courses and finished their races. It is the Church Universal. We are connected, we are them.

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