Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017
The Thessalonians are commended for their faith, especially in the midst of opposition and tribulation. Paul is genuinely concerned about their spiritual growth and maturing, wanting them to “excel still more” in their faith and in their love for one another. Paul exhorts the Thessalonian believers to remain faithful, and continue to work diligently. These are the very things that we also should take to heart in the midst of the world we live in today.
Sermon Description: The Apostle Paul, Silas and Timothy are the author's of this letter to the Thessalonian believers. It was through their ministry in Thessalonica during Paul's second missionary journey that they came to faith in Christ. They were primarily Gentile believers. On the other hand, much of the opposition to Paul was by the Jews who lived there. Paul had a close relationship with the Thessalonian believers, and began his letter as he always does with a blessing and an exhortation to receive and remember God’s grace and peace.