As we are looking at the ‘final instructions’ of Paul to the Thessalonians in his first letter to this young Christian community, he asks them to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. In fact, he tells them that it is God’s will for them in Christ Jesus.
While specifically written to this group of believers in Greece, we can draw a lot of good teaching, helpful admonition, and wonderful encouragement from this letter, both as a church and individuals.
This Sunday we’ll be looking deeper into the reasons that could easily discourage us today from rejoicing, praying and giving thanks to God. The last five years alone would provide many items for a long list of things.
Our brothers and sisters in Thessalonica could easily have had similar thoughts and emotions. Their existence as a community whose faith would contradict the various religions and challenge the very empire around them had led to much hardship and pain
However, this Sunday we’ll also look at the reasons why we should rejoice, pray and give thanks! We’ll look at reasons that we find in the letter to the Thessalonians, and reasons that we can learn from the canon of scripture, which we are blessed with.
Indeed, we should take time to consider the things we already know about our Lord and Savior – who He is and what He’s done for us. And we should take even more time to get closer to Him through regularly studying His word, individual and communal prayer, and serving Him in the many, different ways He calls us throughout our lives.
As we give ourselves away to others in service in His name, we can receive a wealth of blessings that will provide us with many reasons to rejoice, pray, and give thanks.
We welcome you to join us on Sunday at 10:00 am for prayer, and 10:30 am for worship of our Lord and fellowship with each other.
Oliver Herrmann, Elder IBCZ
Sermon Title “Lift up your hearts!”, 1 Thessalonians 5:16 &17