[Linux4christians] 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4 (Sunday)
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Sat Oct 31 20:37:04 EDT 2009
*2 Thessalonians 1:1-4 (Sunday)*
Paul begins with a salutation which was his pattern (in
this case specifically referencing Silvanus and Timothy as
joining him in the salutation), reminding his readers of
their common fellowship due to their relationship with God
through Jesus the Christ. He includes a message from God
"Grace and peace to you ..."
Paul then praises them for their love for one another and
observes that they "... ought to thank God always for you"
because of the choice of the Thessalonians to obey God and
to love one another.
He continues "As a result we ourselves boast about you in
the churches of God" [local gatherings of believers].
He concludes this section "... for your perseverance and
faith in all persecutions and afflictions you are enduring."
*Consider* that God was sending His message "Grace and peace
to you ..." through God to the Thessalonians because they
were living obediently with love for one another.
*Discuss* practical ways that your fellowship may improve
the degree to which they love one another and as a result
also earn a blessing from God that is "Grace and peace ..."
*Reflect* upon the possible linkage between the common
challenge of "persecutions and afflictions" among the
members of the Thessalonian fellowship of believers
(church), for their faith, and the quality of their
love for one another.
*Share* an example of a small group of believers or of a
larger fellowship to whom you refer as a positive
example, one worthy of praise and emulation (boasting),
within the Christian family elsewhere. What is it
specifically about them that earned them that standing?
*Truth in Action*
Today I am choosing to identify a way in which I, or if I
have a role in leadership - our fellowship - may enhance the
way that we love one another -- either by refraining from an
action or tradition or introducing some previously ignored
piece of Biblical teaching.
*Be Specific* _______________________________________
Monday's text is: 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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