Summary: Interesting that we left last week discussing encouragement. 1 Thessalonians is a book overflowing with encouragement for a growing church. You’re doing great, stay the course. Stay true to what we modeled and taught you. Challenge yourself to do more, grow more, love more, give more. Stay assured and true. There is also a repeating message of hope, hope for the family of believers, brothers and sisters, and hope for a reunion with Christ upon His return.
1 Thes 1:10″and to wait for his Son from heaven”
2:19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
3:13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
4:15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
5:2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
4. Their strength came from the gospel, which they received and lived out withe the power of the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.
5. 1:3 We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. Because this is the perfect eulogy. What better thing could anyone say at your funeral
Conclusion: 1 Thessalonians is such a notable and encouraging book because it is so multi-faceted. It provides a stable base to build on. It provides a vision of what is to come. It reinforces and strengthens the existing foundation and structure. It encourages and admonishes continued growth. It warns of pitfalls and concerns. It beams love.