Just a quick reminder, we’re having a meeting after 2nd service ( 1-18-08 ) for anyone interested in getting an update on Eastgate finances, hearing our present state and future plans, and meeting the supervisors of the various ministries we have currently in place. Hope you can make it.
In this section, Paul is recounting why he sent Timothy to them, what he heard from Timothy that encouraged him, and what his prayers are for them. In this section, we get an insight into what Paul was concerned about for them as they went through the hardships of persecution for their faith….and I believe his concerns reveal some truths we need to keep in mind concerning the troubles WE face, as 21st Century, American Christians.
In v1-3, Paul is relieved that they weren’t thrown by the fact that they faced troubles. He reminds them about the reality of hard times…what does he say about them? How do we apply that to our OWN lives, as we face hardships?
In v4, Paul is relieved that their troubles didn’t result in something undesirable. What is it? What does that encourage us to be on guard about when we face difficult circumstances?
In v5-9 Paul goes over the good report that Tim gave him…and in v11-13, he tells the Thessalonians what he’s praying for concerning them. What is the heart of his prayer, in v12? What do we take then, as the priority of our journey, even in hard times?
Stuff to think on. See you Sunday!