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Week 47 Day 5
Thessolonica was in Macedonia
which we know today as Greece
This is one of the early churches
on the European continent
When Paul visited there
he and his message
were met with a lot of opposition
from the local people
so much so that he was forced to depart
and leave this new church behind
in that uncertain environment
Paul was very concerned for them
could a new little church
of Gentile christians
survive in a hostile setting?
Here was a church born in persecution
Paul uses these phrases
a work of faith
a labor of love
a hope that does not die
and he reminds them about God
the faithful One.
LONGING TO SEE YOU
The fear of bad news was replaced by the joy of good news.
I Thessalonians 1, 2 & 3
1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the
Thessalonians: Grace to you and peace. 2We give thanks to God always for you, making mention of you in our prayers,
3remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of
love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 5Our
gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power
and in the Holy Spirit.
6Having received the word in much affliction, with joy of
the Holy Spirit, 7you became examples to all in Macedonia
and Achaia who believe. 8From you the word of the Lord
has sounded forth in every place. Your faith toward God has
gone out, 9and how you turned to God from idols.
7We were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother
cherishes her children. 8We were well pleased to impart to
you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because
you had become dear to us. 11We exhorted, comforted, and
charged every one of you, as a father does, 12that you walk
worthy of God who calls you into His kingdom and glory.
17Having been away from you for a short time, we
endeavored more eagerly to see your face. 18We wanted to
come to you--time and again--but Satan hindered us. 19For
what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even
you in the presence of Jesus at His coming?
1When we could no longer endure it, 2we sent Timothy to
establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, 3that
no one should be shaken by these afflictions. 4We told you
when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation,
just as it happened. 5For this reason, I sent to know your
faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and
our labor might be in vain.
6Now that Timothy has come to us, and brought us good
news of your faith and love, and that you greatly desire to
see us, as we also to see you--7therefore, in all our affliction
and distress we were comforted concerning you. 8Now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.
9What thanks can we render for all the joy with which we
rejoice for your sake, 10night and day praying that we may
see your face? 11May our God make you abound in love to
one another and to all, and establish your hearts blameless
in holiness before our God at the coming of our Lord. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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