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May 24, 2020
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 (Part 1)
Living Together in the Community of Faith • September 27, 2020 • Dr. Peter Radford
As Paul pens this section, he is nearing the end of his letter to the Thessalonians. As he does in other letters, Paul uses this final section of verses to cram in a bunch of “rapid-fire” challenges and instruction. This section (1 Thess 5:12-22) falls into three sets of commands, and this week, we examine the first, which deals with relationships within the Christian Community. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15, Paul presents a roadmap for how relationships should look. Here are the three “navigation points” we identify in this passage: 1. Respect and esteem highly your spiritual leaders and their ministry. (12-13a) 2. Patiently disciple those who struggle. (14) 3. Live at peace, avoid revenge, and do good to each other. (13b, 15) The Big Idea of verses 12-15 is: The church community should reflect Christ-like humility and grace in every relationship.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
The Day of the Lord and Living as Light • September 20, 2020 • Dr. Peter Radford
In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Paul talks about the Day of the Lord. He uses this teaching as the basis to encourage the church about their existence in a world of darkness. Paul instructs the Thessalonians to live as children of light. From this teaching, we identify two steps to letting our lights shine brightly: Step 1: Don’t Be Afraid of the Day of the Lord—Believers have no reason to fear the Day of the Lord. (1-4, 9-10) Step 2: Let the Day of the Lord push you toward Christlikeness—The Day of the Lord should motivate believers to Christlikeness (5-8, 11) To summarize these verses, we offer the following Big Idea: The Day of the Lord should cause us to live as light in this age of spiritual darkness.