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2 Thessalonians 3

What is God saying to you through Paul’s final word to the church in Thessalonica?

2 Thessalonians 3

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slow down …

Today we look at the second chapter in 2 Thessalonians
Feel free to post comments after you’ve read and meditated. I’ve posted some questions in the first comment which may /may not be of help. But read first! And remember to stop reading at the first verse that catches your attention. Make a note of it. Ask yourself What is God saying to me through that? Then carry on reading the whole of the chapter.

2 Thessalonians 2

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2 Thessalonians 1

2 Thessalonians 1

Please note you can read along in any language and from any translation you prefer.
Suggestions for reading.

1. Read the passage until you feel something spark. Stop there. Write down the verse and meditate on it. What might God be saying to you at this time through His word?

2. Later read through the whole chapter … note down what seems important to you and any questions that the passage raises in you.

3. Leave a comment if you wish to. Be blessed!

P.S. In the comments you’ll find some questions that may /may not be of help!

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Sabbath Summary – 1 Thess

This past week we’ve looked at 1 Thessalonians.

There are three things that really hit me as I read this book hope, mentoring and Christlikeness. I’ll take them in reverse order

Christlikeness

This whole year I’ve been having what can only be described as an ephiphany experience. It’s all linked with the concept of belonging, believing and behaving. I’ve written about these in length over at my blog but as I read 1 Thess I am reminded that our behaviour is changed, our character is re-formed by our relationship with Jesus. If you haven’t read John Burke’s book No Perfect People allowed … what’s keeping you? I highly recommend it. It really made me think about how often we demand behaviour of not-yet Christians rather than welcoming them into relationship with Jesus. He’s the one that gives growth. (1 Cor 3: 5-6). I also recommend Stuart Murray’s  chapter on BBB which you can read online here

Mentoring

If you’re sat at home wishing you had a mentor then you’re not alone. The sad truth is that so many Christians are not being mentored – there is no-one mentoring us like Paul mentored the gaggle of believers in Thessalnika. Right? Wrong? One of Paul’s complaints in this letter is that he’s frustrated because he’s not there in person to encourage them. He writes to them instead. There’s something in that I think.  You might be housebound. You might be lacking in Christian friends who you can meet with. Yourpastor might have a gift other than mentoring. Whatever it is … God’s plan is both that you would be mentored (and the Bible supplemented by good Christian books is a good place to start). I’m also reminded Paul sends them Timothy. Who is he sending to you?

Paul also blesses them with the encouraging words that they are to encourage one another. In today’s language that might be “speak into one another’s lives”.  If there isn’t a small group in your area – couldn’t you – yes you – invite 1-2 other people to seek God together. What happens might just blow you away. I’m constantly reminded nowadays that what Paul writes is so easy to do in small groups (because he was writing to small groups) and it’s so much harder to make it work within an institutional framework (i.e. church as we know it)

Hope

What I got most from reading 1 Thessalonians was the sense of hope.

The intro to this book in my copy of the Message reads

Whe way we conceive the future sculpts the present, gives contour and tone to nearly every action and thought through the day. If our sense of future is weak, we live listlessly. Much emotional and mental illness and most suicides occur among men and women who feel they have no hope

We have hope -you and I. It comes in the form of Jesus. However we believe the second coming will happen (and that’s part of the theme in 1 Thess that I haven’t talked about much) – the escatological hope – we know we have a bright future because of Jesus. We know that death is not the end, that, as the Hillsongs song goes “Jesus conquered the Grave”, but we can also expect that life through the Spirit of Jesus for here and now.  That’s what Paul addresses in this book. We have a hope and future.

On Monday we’ll start looking at the second letter Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. It’s going to be great!
Until then be blessed

-stf

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I’m fasting from the internet on Fridays at the moment. Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves while I’m away! I’ll check in again tomorrow!

We’ll enjoy a sabbath rest on Sunday … may you be fed by His Word in other ways over the weekend.

On Monday we’ll pick up the Bible again. The next book is 2 Thessalonians, which is only three chapters long. But now we’ll focus on today. May the Spirit of the living Lord make this word fresh and meaningful to us today.

1 Thessalonians 5 (The Message)

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It’s Thursday already. We’re on the penultimate chapter of 1 Thessalonians already! I’m wondering how you are doing? Is reading getting easier? Have you found a good time of day and place to read yet -or are you still experimenting. Tell me, do you read in silence or does background noise (music?) help? Curious minds would love to know!

1 Thessalonians 4 (The Message)

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Today we look at the third chapter in 1 Thessalonians

Feel free to post comments after you’ve read and meditated. I’ve posted some questions in the first comment which may /may not be of help. But read first! And remember to stop reading at the first verse that catches your attention. Make a note of it. Ask yourself What is God saying to me through that? Then carry on reading the whole of the chapter.

1 Thessalonians 3 (The Message)

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