Weekly Bulletin

Thessalonica: A working church

 (An Exert) By Jeff Asher

What Makes A Church Work?

What motivated these saints to such work, toil and endurance? What do we need to do to get God's people to work like that today in a land that is prosperous and which protects the free exercise of our religion?

The church in Thessalonica worked because they had faith, love and hope (1 Thes. 1:5). These spiritual treasures come by hearing the Word of God preached (Rom. 10:17). It cannot be preached with flattery or out of covetousness and have the desired results. It must be preached with simplicity, sincerity, and sacrifice in order to succeed (1 Thes. 2:1-11). The Thessalonians received the Gospel as the authoritative message of Heaven (1 Thes. 2:13). Their hearts were open to its truth and molded by its power. 

They worked because they had an example (1 Thes. 1:6). Paul, Silas and Timothy had demonstrated acceptable zeal for the Gospel (1 Thes. 2:9-11). They worked tirelessly. They loved the brethren unselfishly. They warned the brethren tenderly. 

Thessalonica worked because their lives were transformed by repentance (1 Thes. 1:9). Paul says the Thessalonians "turned to God from idols to serve." Repentance is one fruit of the gospel (Matt. 12:41). It always results in a changed life with changed priorities (2 Cor. 7:10-11). We will not go to work for the Lord until we turn from our idols (Eph. 5:5).

Thessalonica worked because they had a heavenly goal (1 Thes. 1:10). Their toil, suffering and sacrifice were all put in perspective when viewed looking toward Glory. We would do well today to hold our cankered possessions up to heavens light and get a good look at the way things really are.

Will this congregation be a working church like the brethren at Thessalonica? 

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