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Abounding More and More, Part 1 (The Christian Life)

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1 Thessalonians 4:1-12  Thessalonica, is the second-largest city in Greece , with a population of 1.105 million in 2019. It is the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace. It was founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon , who named it for his wife Thessalonike, half-sister of Alexander the Great . Thessalonica was an important metropolis of the Roman Empire . In the Byzantine Empire , it was a secondary capital alongside Constantinople. It still has a nickname that translates into English as "the co-capital." Thessalonica fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1430 and remained under Turkish control until November 8, 1912, during the First Balkan War, when it became part of the Kingdom of Greece. Today, the city is renowned for its monuments from various cultures, festivals, and events, and is Greece's cultural capital. 1 We are interested in this ancient city because Paul wrot

The Communion of the Saints

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1 Thessalonians 2:17 - 3:13 Today, I am returning to our study of the letter of Paul to the Thessalonians. As we said at the start, this letter to the Thessalonians was probably the first letter Paul wrote of which we have a copy. In this letter, Paul teaches the basics of the faith. In the first chapter, Paul states the first steps of becoming a Christian. The content of these first steps as Christians are:  They turned to God from idols. They served God. They expected Jesus to return. They believed in the resurrection, which would also include Jesus’ death and burial. They expected Jesus to deliver them from the wrath to come. These five steps are a part of anyone who calls himself or herself a Christian. Next, in the first twelve verses of chapter two, Paul teaches what to look for in those who follow Jesus. These marks are:  Sincerity Devotion Affection To be more like Jesus, we must exhibit these marks in our lives and find these marks in the lives of those

Building the Body

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1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 Paul and Silas enjoyed great success in Thessalonica, even though they were there for only a short time. In the first part of 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul expresses how affectionately they treated the Thessalonians, how hard they labored among the Thessalonians, and the appeal they made while in Thessalonica. For Paul and Silas, their work in Thessalonica was a labor of love. The Apostle explains their labor in 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12.   ...as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. ( I Thessalonians 2:11-12 NKJV ) The Apostle and his companion, Silas, exhorted, comforted, and charged the people of Thessalonica. They did this because they loved the people of Thessalonica. Paul expresses this great affection in the words “as a father does his own children.”  From describing their labor and affection, the Apostle t