“For if we believe that Jesus died and
rose again, we also believe that God will bring back through Jesus and
with him those who are dead.
So encourage one another with these words.”
1 Thessalonians 4. 14 & 18
The first epistle to the Thessalonians is precious for faith in Christ in terms of holiness, love and hope in the certain return of Christ. Indeed, the apostle Paul encourages believers to live in the same holiness as Christ in our society without landmarks. This dynamic is often a source of mockery or difficulty, where the Christian is called to respond with the same love that Jesus demonstrated. In identical situations, even if it is hard to “swim against the tide” of the habits that surround us, the apostle encourages us to look to the “arrival”, that is, to the restoration of all things, at the certain return of Christ.
The sermon series is given by pastor Patrice Berger. sermons are translated from the original French version. Bible verses link to the Bible in Basic English. The Bible is available online in audio/podcast form in several versions including the Bible in Basic English (1 year reading plan):
The last parts of the epistles of the apostle Paul are a mine of precious information which show us how the first communities practically lived. What is reassuring is that they are very similar to ours, with their joys, their difficulties, the relationships between people, what needs to be improved, etc. We also see how these communities were structured and Paul's tricks to keep them healthy and holy.
Death is a cataclysm for which all of humanity is responsible and it is always a trauma because we were not created to experience it. However, it is there and universal, but Paul points to one of the aspects that depends on the resurrection of Christ: believers will experience the same type of resurrection with Christ. This reality will unfold following the return of Jesus. Certain, unexpected moment that only God knows (and no man). Let this be an encouragement in the midst of sadness.
Paul encourages the Thessalonians to continue pleasing God with a life that demonstrates that it is committed to Christ. This difference in behavior will • show what God has changed in me through Christ, • will demonstrate my devotion to Christ, • will communicate that there is a gap between God's standard and that which we instinctively reproduce.
The apostle is hot for the gospel and naturally would like to see the Thessalonians again, but many times he is prevented from doing so. Interesting. Even when we make plans for God, they don't turn out the way we thought they would. What can we learn from Paul's experience for our own projects?
In a cyclical way, there is a revisiting of the Gospel, more social, more prosperous, philosophical, etc. Each attempt leads to the same outcome, it is no longer the Gospel. Nothing new, nothing modern, this is why the apostle Paul recalls all the strength and content that are summed up in one person, Christ.
The believers of Thessaloniki are not there by chance. God had a plan for the gospel in this city. This plan went through Paul and his teammates and all Thessalonians who responded positively to the Gospel. And us, what answers do we give to God in the plan in which He has provided for us?
Key verses from the book of 1st Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
1 Thessalonians 2:4-6
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.