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Apr 30, 2017

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1

Preacher: Tim McConnell

Series: Embedded

Category: Discipleship, Epistle

Keywords: embedded, worship


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Start It

I remember when I first heard airlines were using plain-clothed air marshals to protect flights after 9-11. Now every time I get on a plane I wonder if there is one, and I try to spot him or her. One of these guys—who looks just like the rest of us—is actually totally different. There for different reasons. Thinking about different things. Looking for things I’m not looking for—or even could look for if I tried! One of these is not like the others. Believers are not extracted from the world upon confession of faith in Jesus. We are actually embedded in the world to make a difference.

Study It

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1. This is a simple epistolary greeting, but is there something more being said? What stands out to you as you read it? Why does the church need grace? Why does the church need peace?

Paul greets the church in this first inspired letter, “Grace and Peace” or “Charis kai Eireine.” People were used to saying “Chairein” to say Hello. It was a common greeting. Paul created a new greeting for the Christian church: Charis kai Eireine. Is innovation important to the spread of the Gospel?

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3. What causes Paul and the other founders of the church to give thanks to God? Does our church share in these characteristics?

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:4-8. How did the believers in Thessalonica become “models to all”?

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10. What steps are found here for conversion, turning from one thing or another to faith in Jesus Christ?

Pray It

Lord, by Your merciful love we have become Your church, filled with faith, hope and love. Help us to be the examples You intend, that in us You might shine Your light across a darkened and hopeless landscape. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Live It

Consider how you might bring the face of Jesus to someone you know—sharing faith, hope, love and joy in the Holy Spirit.