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1 & 2 Thessalonians: A Sermon Series
News for 09.10.16
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We begin a new series on the importance of the local church - and the ministry God has called and equipped His Church to share with a lost and hurting world.  What is our vision for SLPC?  How is our vision best lived out and communicated?  And what is my part in this great adventure of serving the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ, until He returns?

One of the most dramatic stories in the book of Acts is in chapter 16 where Luke records the vision Paul had in the night of the man who cried out: “Come over to Macedonia and
help us.”  Paul immediately set sail, believing that the Holy Spirit was directing him and for the first time in history, the gospel came to Europe.  Macedonia, Greece was the kingdom of Alexander the Great, the leader who famously wept when he realized there were no more worlds left for him to conquer.  For Paul the Missionary of Jesus Christ, the whole region was saturated with memories of Alexander - for the cities he visited Troas, Phillipi and Thessalonica were all named after family members of the King of Greece.
The story of Paul’s trip to Thessalonica, where East and West met, is in Acts 17:1-10. Paul knew that if the Good News about Jesus could take root inThessalonica it would surely spread east into Asia and west to Rome.  And Paul did have amazing success - so much in fact, that he was driven out of the region, escaping to Athens.  Later Paul sent his co-workers Timothy and Silas back to Macedonia in the hope that the believers he left behind were growing in the knowledge of their new found Savior Jesus Christ.
To encourage and strengthen the believers Paul wrote 1 and 2 Thessalonians addressing many of the same issues that concern us today - How the church spreads the gospel;  the importance of repentance; how to care for new believers; the kind of life that pleases God; the importance of good work; preparing for hardship and finally, how Christians should prepare for the return of Jesus Christ.
May Paul’s benediction in 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 be our blessing as we study these letters together!
"Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”