I’m excited that we are studying a new book in the Bible together as a church. We are staring 1 Thessalonians.
I’m going to basically journal through what I’m learning as I go through the book. This by no means will be a comprehensive study or anything super academic, this is just my thoughts and questions and what I feel God is teaching me as we go through the book.
Last week I shared my thoughts on chapter 1 of 1 Thessalonians and this week I’m moving on to chapter 2.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
Paul peaks about his ministry in these verse and I love what he says about being “entrusted with the gospel” (v. 4) and trying to please God not men. I’ve been thinking a lot about the Great Commission in Matthew 28 and our role in being entrusted with the gospel to make disciples. We are trusted with something so precious, the good news of Jesus Christ and we are tasked with helping others to learn about it.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20
I love how in verse 8 Paul goes on to talk about sharing not only the gospel with them but also their lives. The most effective way to share the gospel with people really is to do life with them, through relationships. Relationships and spending time are such an important part of discipleship like you see described in the Great Commission.
1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
He ends the chapter with such kind words for them. You can see the depth of love that he has for them, which is great to see from a teacher and leader in the church.
This was short and sweet so I read it through a couple of times this week and I look forward to learning more as I go. Have any thoughts to share? I would love to hear them in the comments below!