Date: Sunday, February 19, 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 Thessalonian believers received Paul and his companions’ teachings as the word of God, and received it in faith. The genuineness of their faith was shown in their imitation of Paul as well as the believers in Judea as they themselves were persecuted for their faith in Jesus. For us too, our reception of God’s word is tested through how we live out our faith in Christ in the midst of persecution and opposition.