Hey Everybody…sorry, but I’m back from vacation. I had a great refreshing from our King, and I’m stoked and ready to get to the stuff God’s given us to do.
This week we’re going to finish up 1 Thes, and we’ll study chapter 5, verses 11-28.
Paul is wrapping up his thoughts, and giving his final exhortations to the young church in Thessalonians. He’s just come off of reminding them about the great future hope we have in Christ’s return to set everything right. He used Jesus’ resurrection as the basis for our hope…that since Jesus rose from the dead, we know that same kind of restoration is in store for us…so be stoked! So, we have this past event of the resurrection, and this future hope of restoration…but what do we do in the meantime? That’s what Paul expounds on.
We, as the church, are called to live lives that reflect and actually demonstrate that future hope right here and now. Not through big movements or grand outreach schemes…but as Riley and Dan both reminded us of last Sunday and Wednesday, through the everyday activities we pursue as children of that great HOPE!
In v11-13, Paul talks about community. How should we live out our hope in community? What will characterize it, according to what Paul says there?
In v14-15 he describes how we look after each other. If you were to summarize what he’s saying there, how would you do it? Why does this behavior toward each other represent something different from this fallen world?
V16-18 we are pointed toward a proper understanding of life’s events. God’s will is revealed for our lives…what is it?
v19-22 provides instruction about the work that the Holy Spirit is doing in our midst as a community. Paul warns us not to close Him out…and what is it that the Holy Spirit is doing among us according to these verses?
V23-28 finishes up Paul’s thoughts. We have a hope in a restoration that has begun at Jesus’ resurrection, and v24 tells us why we can be sure of that hope. What does it say? What must we remind ourselves of, when times are tough, and our temporal future is uncertain? What IS certain?
Looking forward to being back this Sunday!