How is The Lord Causing You to Abound in Love? 1 Thessalonians 3 verses 9 through 13

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1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

9 For how can we thank God enough for you, for all the joy we feel because of you before our God? 10 We pray earnestly night and day to see you in person and make up what may be lacking in your faith. 11 Now may God our Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12 And may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you, 13 so that your hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

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Context: In the previous passage, Paul learned of Timothy’s report that the Thessalonians were firm in their faith.  Now Paul expresses his thanks for them, his continued desire to visit them, and his desire for God to cause them to abound in love that their character is strengthened in holiness.

Phrases:

For how can we thank God enough for you, for all the joy we feel because of you before our God? –

  • Meaning Paul thanked God with joy in prayer for the perseverance of the Thessalonians’ faith.

We pray earnestly night and day to see you in person and make up what may be lacking in your faith –

  • Meaning Paul prayed with great effort to God that it may be possible to see them in person.
  • In person, Paul desired to encourage them and to help them through any doubts in their faith while they endured their persecution.
  • He also desired to teach them and increase the knowledge of the faith in general.
  • John Calvin writing on their faith. “From this we infer that those who far surpass others are still far distant from the goal. Hence, whatever progress we may have made, let us keep in view our deficiencies, that we may not be reluctant to aim at something further.”
  • Romans 1:11,12 (NET) 11 For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, 12 that is, that we may be mutually comforted by one another’s faith, both yours and mine.
  • Philippians 1:23-25 (NET) 23 I feel torn between the two, because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, 24 but it is more vital for your sake that I remain in the body. 25 And since I am sure of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for the sake of your progress and joy in the faith,
  • 2 Peter 1:5-7 (NET) 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; 6 to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; 7 to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love.

Discussion Questions:

What holds us back from praying for other’s faith night and day ?

In what ways does consistently attending church and meeting with other believers mutually help make up what is lacking in our faith?

How does consistent study of the scripture make up what is lacking in our faith?

Do you remember a time when you had serious doubts in your faith? How did you get through the trial?

Now may God our Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you –

  • This was Paul’s desire and prayer though it was not a guarantee to happen unless it is God’s will.
  • James 4:13-15 (NET) 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” 14 You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. 15 You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.”
  • 1 John 5:14-15 (NET) 14 And this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him.

Discussion Questions:

Explain how to understand the balance of our prayers, our desires, and our actions with God’s sovereign plan?

And may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you –

  • Meaning this is also part of Paul’s prayer for them. Paul trusts God ‘to make’ the Thessalonians to increase and to excel in their love.
  • Their love should abound inward toward one another and outward toward those outside the church.
  • Other Verses about love.
  • Matthew 5:43-48 (NET) 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? 47 And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? 48 So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
  • Matthew 22:36-40 (NET) 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
  • John 3:16 (NET) 16 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NET) 4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. 6 It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
  • Galatians 5:22-23 (NET) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Discussion Questions:

Explain how the Lord may ’cause us’ to abound in love?

Can you give examples of how we show love to those within the church?

Can you give examples of how we show love to those outside the church?

Can you think of very immature people in your life that test your love?

so that your hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints-

  • “So” means there is a result in abounding in love toward others.
  • The result of abounding in love towards others will be that the Thessalonians’ character (heart) will be strengthened and established in moral purity (holiness).
  • The result of their holy character is they will be free from blame before the Father at the coming of Jesus and all His saints.

A) Hearts

  • Thayer’s Greek Lexicon
  • καρδία, kardía, kar-dee’-ah means of the will and character.

B) Holiness

  • Thayer’s Greek Lexicon defines this Greek word as moral purity in the passages context.

C) Blameless

  • Thayer’s Greek Lexicon
  • ἄμεμπτος means blameless, deserving no censure, free from fault or defect.

Discussion Question:

Explain how specific sins against others weakens our moral purity (holiness)?

Explain how loving those who are ‘difficult’ to love strengthens our moral purity (holiness)?

Why do you think Paul associates loving others with being blameless before God the Father at the coming of Christ and all His saints?

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Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.

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How is The Lord Causing You to Abound in Love?

Bob,

Are you praying night and day for the faith of others? Your prayer life is improving, but you need to love others more to make this spiritual discipline of prayer firm in your life.

Keep sharing your faith with other believers. Listen too. Mutually make up what is lacking in each other’s faith. My scripture is complete. Keep studying hard to grow in your faith.

Your church is doing well loving each other, but you need to improve in loving others outside the church. Pray as a body about this.

Personally grow in your love toward those who are difficult to love. Love is patient. It is not easily angered. I have placed them in your life to cause you to abound in love.

What will you be found doing when My Son arrives with His saints? I will mature you so you will be ready.

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Has the Tempter Tempted You Away? 1 Thessalonians 3 verses 5 through 8

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1 Thessalonians 3:5-8

5 So when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter somehow tempted you and our toil had proven useless.

6 But now Timothy has come to us from you and given us the good news of your faith and love and that you always think of us with affection and long to see us just as we also long to see you!

7 So in all our distress and affliction, we were reassured about you, brothers and sisters, through your faith.

8 For now we are alive again, if you stand firm in the Lord.

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Context: In the last passage, Paul tells how he sent Timothy to the Thessalonians to strengthen and encourage their faith in the midst of their persecution. Now Paul tells how he received Timothy’s report of their faith.

Phrases:

So when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith-

  • Again Paul repeats his words from verse 3:1. He just ‘had’ to know the state of their faith.

for fear that the tempter somehow tempted you and our toil had proven useless-

  • Meaning Paul was unsure if their faith endured the persecution previously mentioned in verses 3:3-4.
  • The tempter is Satan.
  • If they had fallen away, then it would prove their faith was not true and Paul’s labor among them was not useful for their salvation.

A) Tempter

  • Strong’s Definitions: πειράζω peirázō, pi-rad’-zo; to test
  • Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:  to solicit to sin, to tempt
  • Matthew 4:3 (NET) 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.”
  • Mathew 13:18-23 18 “So listen to the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. 21 But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. 23 But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you describe a time in your life when you were tempted to forsake your faith in God?
  • Can you think of others you know who were tempted and fell away from Christ and the church?  How did this make you feel?

But now Timothy has come to us from you and given us the good news of your faith –

  • Meaning Timothy described to Paul that the faith of the Thessalonians persevered while in the trial.
  • 1 John 5:4 (NET) 4 because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world. This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith.

and love –

  • Meaning not only did their faith endure, but their love for each other continued while in the trial.

and that you always think of us with affection and long to see us just as we also long to see you-

  • Meaning not only did their faith persevere, but …
  • Instead of them wanting to forget about Paul and this whole bad experience, they rather thought of him warmly,
  • And instead of them wanting to be rid of Paul because of the pain his teaching had caused them, they rather desired to see him just as much as Paul desired to see them.

Discussion Question:

  • Describe your feelings towards fellow believers who instead of falling away when tempted they still desired to come together each week to worship our Lord?

So in all our distress and affliction, we were reassured about you, brothers and sisters, through your faith-

  • The below verses show Paul was fearful when he entered Corinth. Corinth was where this letter was written. There he was in distress.
  • Beaten in Philippi, run out of Thessalonica, run out of Berea, knowing the persecution the new Thessalonian converts were enduring, and then needing to labor at his tent making to provide for himself in Corinth, the good news of there faith reassured Paul that the Thessalonians would persevere.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:3 (NET) 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and with much trembling.
  • Acts 18:9-10 (NET) 9 The Lord said to Paul by a vision in the night, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent, 10 because I am with you, and no one will assault you to harm you, because I have many people in this city.”

For now we are alive again, if you stand firm in the Lord-

  • In all his distress, the news made Paul and his workers feel alive again. Now they knew their work and suffering was not in vain because the Thessalonians were standing firm.

Discussion Question:

  • How do you feel when someone close to you, and in whom you have invested much time, chooses to stand firm in their faith, and they do what is right in the Lord?

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Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.


Has the Tempter Tempted You Away?

Bob,

Remember how Satan tempted you in your great trial, and you wanted to fall away? Therefore, do not be angry with others who have fallen away.  Instead have sympathy because Satan has deceived them. Pray for them to return.

Isn’t it amazing that I caused your faith to endure through your trial.  You and so many others still have faith, love for each other, and a desire to gather together to worship Me.  This is the miracle of the New Birth.  Glorify Me in this.

Again, pray for those who have fallen away.  I know they distress you. Rejoice in those who stand firm in their faith – especially those whose faith is being tried.

House Church – My 10 Years of Experiences

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I finally completed this house church video. If you have dropped out of church over the years, then the house church may be just the thing you need to recommit your life and family to Jesus. Big churches are great, but if you have dropped out, then there may have been something missing. I encourage you to try a house church where you can reignite your love for God’s Word and prayer, grow in church participation, and develop deep and meaningful Christian relationships. God Bless.

Will You Strengthen Those Who Are Shaken? 1 Thessalonians 3 verses 1 through 4

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1 Thessalonians 3:1-4

1 So when we could bear it no longer, we decided to stay on in Athens alone.

2 We sent Timothy, our brother and fellow worker for God in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen you and encourage you about your faith,

3 so that no one would be shaken by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this.

4 For in fact when we were with you, we were telling you in advance that we would suffer affliction, and so it has happened, as you well know.

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Context: In the last passage, Paul said he tried to return to the Thessalonians, but he was thwarted by Satan. Now he tells how he sent Timothy to know their spiritual condition through the persecutions.

Phrases:

So when we could bear it no longer, we decided to stay on in Athens alone. We sent Timothy, our brother and fellow worker for God in the gospel of Christ-

Piecing together the below passages from Acts 17 and 18 along with this verse it appears the following happened.

Paul was kicked out of Thessalonica after 3 weeks, and he went to Berea.

  • Acts 17:10 (NET) 10 The brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea at once, during the night…

Some Bareans and probably Luke, the writer of Acts, accompanied Paul to Athens after Paul was also pushed out of Berea. Timothy and Silas remained in Barea.

  • Acts 17:14 (NET) 14 Then the brothers sent Paul away to the coast at once, but Silas and Timothy remained in Berea.

Paul gave an order for Timothy and Silas to return as soon as possible. Then those who accompanied Paul to Athens delivered the order after leaving Paul and Luke alone in Athens.

  • Acts 17:15 (NET) 15 Those who accompanied Paul escorted him as far as Athens, and after receiving an order for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left.

Within that request for them to come or within another request which is not mentioned in Acts, Paul asked Timothy to check on the Thessalonians due to Paul’s great concern which he could bear no longer.

  • 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2 So when we could bear it no longer, we decided to stay on in Athens alone. We sent Timothy, our brother and fellow worker for God in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen you and encourage you about your faith,

Timothy goes to visit the Thessalonians.

Paul remains in Athens waiting.

  • Acts 17:16 (NET) 16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens…

Paul goes from Athens to Corinth. Timothy and Silas return from Macedonia, and Timothy reports to Paul about the Thessalonians abiding faith.

  • Acts 18:1 (NET) 1 After this Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.
  • Acts 18:5 (NET) 5 Now when Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia…
  • 1Th 3:6 (NET) 6 But now Timothy has come to us from you and given us the good news of your faith and love and that you always think of us with affection and long to see us just as we also long to see you!

Discussion Questions:

  • How do you think Paul felt not knowing their spiritual state as they were enduring their  persecutions with no easy way to communicate with them?
  • Have you ever been out of contact with another who was suffering? How did you feel?
  • Have you ever been out of contact with someone who was struggling in their faith? How did you feel?

to strengthen you and encourage you about your faith-

  • Meaning Timothy was sent to strengthen and encourage the Thessalonians during their afflictions.

A) strengthen

  • στηρίζω, stērízō, stay-rid’-zo
  • Thayer’s Greek Lexicon –
  • to make stable, place firmly, set fast, fix
  • to strengthen, make firm
  • to render constant, confirm, one’s mind

B) encourage

  • παρακαλέω, parakaléō, par-ak-al-eh’-o
  • Thayer’s Greek Lexicon –
  • It means to call one to your side to …
  • exhort – to influence with advice, to strongly urge
  • entreat – to plead, to beg, to ask in a serious and emotional way in order to persuade another
  • comfort- to console, to cause (someone) to feel less worried, upset, frightened
  • instruct- to teach

Discussion Question:

  • What holds us back from reaching out to those who are suffering?
  • What are ways you tried to strengthen and encourage others who have been suffering?
  • What specific ways have you been encourage by others during your time of trials?

so that no one would be shaken by these afflictions-

  • Meaning Timothy strengthened and encouraged the Thessalonians so their afflictions would not cause their faith to be shaken, and they fall away.

A) shaken

  • Strong’s Definitions:
  • σαίνω, saínō, sah’-ee-no;
  • to wag (as a dog its tail fawningly),
  • that is (generally) to shake (figuratively, disturb)

 

For you yourselves know that we are destined for this-

  • not that every individual Christian throughout history will be persecuted, but in a general sense, all who live godly will suffer persecutions – great or small.
  • 2 Timothy 3:12 (NET) 12 Now in fact all who want to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Discussion Questions:

  • In what ways have you experienced great or small persecutions for Christ’s name?
  • What areas of the world are suffering persecution now?

For in fact when we were with you, we were telling you in advance that we would suffer affliction, and so it has happened, as you well know-

  • Meaning Paul warned them already that this would happen.

Discussion Question:

  • Through this text, we have all been warned that persecution should be expected. How do you hope to see yourself reacting in such a situation?

Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.


Will You Strengthen Those Who Are Shaken? 

Bob,

Unlike Paul, you are fortunate to be able to communicate so easily throughout the world with others.  Do not neglect to strengthen and encourage those who are suffering and whose faith may be shaking.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to them – who else is going to do it?  Stabilize them by reminding them of My love and My sovereignty even in the midst of suffering.   Encourage them by coming along side them by comforting them, advising them, persuading them, and teaching them to hold on to Me and to trust Me as they endure.

Do not forget, and be grateful for those who helped you during your suffering.  Remember specifically how they helped you, and help others in the same way.

If for some reason you cannot contact them or they will not respond, do not neglect to pray for them.  Trust that I will cause them to persevere.

 

Is There a Crown of Saints on Your Head? 1 Thessalonians 2 verses 17 through 20

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1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

17 But when we were separated from you, brothers and sisters, for a short time (in presence, not in affection) we became all the more fervent in our great desire to see you in person.

18 For we wanted to come to you (I, Paul, in fact tried again and again) but Satan thwarted us.

19 For who is our hope or joy or crown to boast of before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not of course you?

20 For you are our glory and joy!

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Context: In the last passage, Paul likened the persecution of the Thessalonians to that of the Judeans. Now Paul tells them how he desired to visit them.

Phrases:

But when we were separated from you, brothers and sisters, for a short time (in presence, not in affection) we became all the more fervent in our great desire to see you in person-

  • Meaning Paul missed them very dearly almost immediately after leaving them.
  • He really became connected to them after seeing their lives changed and the persecution they were enduring.
  • He had more to teach them, but his visit was cut short by the Jews that lived there.

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you explain a time in your life when you missed seeing another or others soon after leaving them?
  • When you miss fellowshipping with others at church for a few weeks in a row, how does it make you feel?
  • Have you ever had to cut short your training of another person in Christ or in a secular endeavor?  If so, what concerns came to your mind?

For we wanted to come to you (I, Paul, in fact tried again and again) but Satan thwarted us-

  • Meaning Paul tried over and over to go back and visit, but he was always being blocked by Satan.
  • It is not clear when this happened.  After being pushed out of Thessalonica, Paul was again pushed out of Berea.  Possibly it was at this time he wanted to go back.  After Berea Paul went to Athens and then stayed in Corinth where this letter was most likely written.  Possibly he was hindered from visiting Thessalonica during his service to the Corinthians or other churches.

Discussion Questions:

  • What may have been ways Satan thwarted Paul to return to the Thessalonians?
  • Who is ultimately in charge of Satan’s actions?  Why is it important to know this?
  • What should we consider when being blocked from doing our desires?

For who is our hope or joy or crown to boast of before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not of course you?  For you are our glory and joy!-

  • The Thessalonians are Paul’s ‘hope’ because he looks forward to being with them again, ‘joy’ because they will share eternal life together forever, and ‘crown to boast of’ because he knows Jesus will be pleased at His coming with Paul’s successful labor among them although it was God who gave the increase.
  • [Phl 2:16 NET] 16 Paul tells the Philippians to hold on …”to the word of life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.”
  • [Rev 22:12 NET] 12 (Look! I am coming soon, and my reward is with me to pay each one according to what he has done!

A) Crown

  • Strong’s Definition:  στέφανος stéphanos, stef’-an-os; from στέφω stéphō (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more conspicuous and elaborate than the simple fillet, literally or figuratively.
  • They are called Paul’s crown because the Thessalonians’ conversion brings honor to Paul’s labor.  They prove that Paul was victorious in pulling them out of sin’s bondage through the Gospel.
  • [Phl 4:1 NET] 1 So then, my brothers and sisters, dear friends whom I long to see, my joy and crown, stand in the Lord in this way, my dear friends!
  • [Pro 12:4 NET] 4 A noble wife is the crown of her husband, but the wife who acts shamefully is like rottenness in his bones.

B) Glory

  • Paul calls the Thessalonians his glory and joy because they are the good and praiseworthy thing that God produced by Paul’s service.
  • [Pro 17:6 NET] 6 Grandchildren are like a crown to the elderly, and the glory of children is their parents.
  • [Pro 20:29 NET] 29 The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  Name those of whom you may boast at Christ’s coming?  Has God brought forth spiritual fruit through your labors?
  2. How can we invest our efforts into the Kingdom so we will not be empty handed when Christ returns?
  3. What kinds of things distract us from Kingdom work?

Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.


Is There a Crown of Saints on Your Head?

Bob,

Try to stay invested into those who came to faith in My Son through your labor.  However, if you can’t stay connected, trust that I will watch over them and will make them grow without you.

Yes, I allowed Satan to hinder what you wanted to do.  However, you needed to grow in that trial more than the way you thought was best.  Trust Me.  Even Satan’s hindrances will turn out for your growth because I am sovereign.

Don’t get distracted with the things of the world so that your hands will be empty at My Son’s coming.  Keep serving Me.  Invest time and resources into others for My name’s sake!  Will My Son find a crown of saints on your head when He arrives?

Will you Pray for the Persecuted and their Persecutors?

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1 Thessalonians 2:14-16

14 For you became imitators, brothers and sisters, of God’s churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, because you too suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they in fact did from the Jews,

15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets and persecuted us severely. They are displeasing to God and are opposed to all people,

16 because they hinder us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they constantly fill up their measure of sins, but wrath has come upon them completely.

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Context: In the previous verse Paul thanked God that they accepted his words as God’s words and how those words continued to work in them. Now he likens them to the persecuted church in Judea.

Phrases:

For you became imitators, brothers and sisters, of God’s churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea because you too suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they in fact did from the Jews-

  • Meaning just as the Judean churches suffered at the hands of the non-believing Jews, so the Thessalonian believers suffered at the hands of the non-believing Jews.
  • We know the Jewish leaders during Jesus’ time threatened believers in Jesus to be ostracized from synagogue life.  See below.
  • John 9:20-23 So his parents replied, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who caused him to see. Ask him, he is a mature adult. He will speak for himself. (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, ask him.”)
  • Also, we know the new Jewish believers were poor in Jerusalem. Wealthier members sold lands and possessions to support those in need. Being ostracized by the Jews due to their belief in Jesus may have caused this crisis.
  • Acts 2:44-45 All who believed were together and held everything in common, and they began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone, as anyone had need.
  • Jews persecuted the church after the death of Stephen causing many to flee.
  • Acts 8:1 (NET) 1 And Saul agreed completely with killing him. Now on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria.

who killed both the Lord Jesus-

  • Meaning the Jews killed the Lord. They even verbally took responsibility for this before Pilot.
  • Matthew 27:24-25 (NET) 24 When Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but that instead a riot was starting, he took some water, washed his hands before the crowd and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. You take care of it yourselves!” In reply all the people said, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”

and the prophets –

  • Meaning the Jews were also responsible for killing the prophets throughout their history. Jesus also testifies to this.
  • Luke 11:50,51 (NET) 50 so that this generation may be held accountable for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation.
  • Luke 13:34 (NET) 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it!
  • Stephen also proclaimed this before his martyrdom….
  • Acts 7:51-52 You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, like your ancestors did! Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold long ago the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become!

and persecuted us severely-

  • Meaning the Jews persecuted Paul and all of the gospel ministers.
  • Persecution of Peter and John
  • Acts 4:1-3 While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, angry because they were teaching the people and announcing in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. So they seized them and put them in jail until the next day (for it was already evening).
  • Stephen was Martyred by the Jews
  • Acts 6:12 (NET) 12 They incited the people, the elders, and the experts in the law; then they approached Stephen, seized him, and brought him before the council.
  • Acts 7:58 (NET) 58 When they had driven him out of the city, they began to stone him, and the witnesses laid their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul.
  • Paul persecuted after his conversion by Jews in Demascus
  • Acts 9:21-23 All who heard him were amazed and were saying, “Is this not the man who in Jerusalem was ravaging those who call on this name, and who had come here to bring them as prisoners to the chief priests?” But Saul became more and more capable, and was causing consternation among the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ. Now after some days had passed, the Jews plotted together to kill him,
  • Acts 9:28-29 So he was staying with them, associating openly with them in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. He was speaking and debating with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they were trying to kill him.
  • Paul persecuted by Jews in Thessalonica and Barea as shown below.
  • Acts 17:5 (NET) 5 But the Jews became jealous, and gathering together some worthless men from the rabble in the marketplace, they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. They attacked Jason’s house, trying to find Paul and Silas to bring them out to the assembly.
  • Acts 17:13 (NET) 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica heard that Paul had also proclaimed the word of God in Berea, they came there too, inciting and disturbing the crowds.

They are displeasing to God and are opposed to all people, because they hinder us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved-

  • Meaning the Jews in various places not only persecuted Paul but also hindered the message to the Gentiles.
  • Acts 13:14 (NET) 14 Moving on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.
  • Acts 13:44-50 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, and they began to contradict what Paul was saying by reviling him. Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, “It was necessary to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we are turning to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed you to be a light for the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.‘” When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice and praise the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life believed. So the word of the Lord was spreading through the entire region. But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high social standing and the prominent men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out of their region.
  • Acts 14:1-6 The same thing happened in Iconium when Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a large group of both Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So they stayed there for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified to the message of his grace, granting miraculous signs and wonders to be performed through their hands. But the population of the city was divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made an attempt to mistreat them and stone them, Paul and Barnabas learned about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding region.

Discussion Questions:

  • In what places are Christians being persecuted today?
  • In what ways are Christians being persecuted today?
  • How can we help them?

Thus they constantly fill up their measure of sins-

  • Meaning the Jews have had a pattern of being on the wrong side by killing the prophets, the Lord, persecuting the church, Paul, and hindering the gospel to the Gentiles.

but wrath has come upon them completely-

This phrase can be interpreted in two ways…

  • 1. Meaning God’s wrath in hell is already planned for the Jews though not yet completely experienced – it is as good as done – it’s a done deal.
  • John 3:18 (NET) 18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
  • 2. Meaning Jerusalem will be completely destroyed in 70 AD as Jesus foretold in Mathew 24, Luke 19, and Luke 21- it is as good as done – it’s a done deal though not yet experienced. When Paul wrote this letter, Timothy and Silas, those who accompanied him to Thessalonica, are still with Paul. Therefore, many believe this letter was written shortly after their visit to the Thessalonians, possibly while he was in Corinth. This would have been before 70 AD. Also, in chapter 5, Paul uses similar language of Jesus in Mathew 24 which seems to refers to the destruction of Jerusalem which he describes as still a future event.
  • Luke 19:42-44 (NET) 42 saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will demolish you – you and your children within your walls – and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”
  • Luke 21:20-24 (NET) 20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Those who are inside the city must depart. Those who are out in the country must not enter it, 22 because these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away as captives among all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Discussion Questions:

  • What will happen to those who reject the Son?
  • How can we help them?

Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.


Will you Pray for the Persecuted and their Persecutors?

Bob,

Just as the Christian Thessalonians and Judeans were persecuted by the Jews, My people are still being persecuted all around the world by various groups because they hold to the name of My Son.  Be diligent to pray for them!!!

I will have wrath on those who reject My Son and harm My children.  My Son was born in the flesh, did good, taught many good things, yet they killed Him.  What else could He do to save the world?  He has done it all.   Warn those who reject My Son and persecute My children.  Pray for them to receive forgiveness through My Son.


Persecutions around the world

China

http://www.bpnews.net/48505/religious-liberty-in-china-rapidly-deteriorating

Egypt

http://bpnews.net/44263/isis-victims-spark-call-for-prayer

Africa

http://www.bpnews.net/47579/christians-massacred-in-central-african-republic

Middle East

http://www.persecution.org/?s=middle+east+persecution&x=0&y=0

India

http://www.persecution.org/2017/09/05/church-planters-in-india-faced-with-growing-resentment-and-persecution/

Norway

https://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-family-gets-5-children-taken-away-by-govt-for-teaching-god-punishes-sin-151693/

Kentucky

http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Jailed-clerk-vows-not-to-back-down-over-marriage-licenses-324751891.html

Colorado

https://www.adflegal.org/jack-phillips

 

Nimuel Chhatria India Missions Report – August 2017 thru October 2017

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1, REPORTING TIME PERIOD , August to October 2017

2, DONATION RECEIVED THIS PERIOD ,Contributions through Western Union Money Transfer

3,DONATION SPENT THIS PERIOD , Spent all

4, ACCOUNT BALANCE END OF THIS PERIOD , email for more information

5, LIST OF PEOPLE SERVED THIS PERIOD , Total ,89 people and children professed to Jesus Christ

6, LIST OF PLACE VISITED THIS PERIOD , 14 Hindus villages

7, SPECIAL EVENTS THIS PERIOD

Blessed be the name of God that 13 people took baptism this time in the name of the Father ,the Son and the Holy Ghost , and established a fellowship ,Church name is Bethany Baptist Church ,Pastor xxxxxx is taking care of this service ,

Praise God that we could reached out to Hindus Children ,total ,238 Children and some Youths

We had the Bible Study Class among 50 Pastors ,Leaders and believers

Reaching to a unreached Hindus Tribal areas with the gospel ,arranged gospel meetings and they heard first time gospel in their life

8, PRAISES FROM THIS PERIOD

Our God is doing marvelous work in our life ,He enable us to Visit many many unreached areas

Praise God for Baptism service

Praise God for Children ministry ,among Hindus children and many Children professed to Jesus Christ

Praise God for Bible Study class among Pastors leaders and believers

Praise God for our outreach team work ,reaching Hindus Villages and arranging gospel meetings ,

Praise God for our prayers partners and contributions ,

9. PRAYER REQUEST

Praying for the new souls ,their Spiritual growth

Praying for our follow up work

Praying for the new location , may God open the door reaching out

Please do pray for community Tribal people living under poverty

Praying for Leprosy Camp people ,Children as we are doing ministry among those group

Pray for a Church Building at xxxxx, there having around 50 believers and this time 13 people took baptism

In order to do the gospel Team work , we have been praying for a Four Wheeler (car) because it will be helpful for Summer and Rainy Season time

Please do pray for out Missionaries Funds

10, NOTEWORTHY FUTURE PLAN

As God has called me to reaching out to unreached areas , Visiting Door to Door ,Distributing gospel Tracts ,NT ,sharing the gospel ,doing follow up work ,arranging gospel meetings in many villages , We must need a Four Wheeler and praying earnestly to use it for His Kingdom and glory

Praying and planing to arrange the gospel meetings thrice in a Month

Praying to reach many more Children and Hindus Villages

Praying for our Baptist Bible School and Bible study Class

I prefer much to see the fruitful gospel work

God bless you all ,
With much regards ,

Rev,Nimuel Chhatria ,

President ,NEW LIFE MOVEMENT ,INDIA ,

www,indiasnewlifemovement.org
Cell ,+91 94377 39404

Do You Believe the Bible is God’s Word? 1 Thessalonians 2 verse 13

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1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NET)

And so we too constantly thank God that when you received God’s message that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human message, but as it truly is, God’s message, which is at work among you who believe.

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Context: In the previous passage, Paul reminded the Thessalonians how he worked to provide for himself to not burden them, how he lived holy, righteously, and blamelessly among them, and how he treated them as a father treats his own children. Now Paul tells them why he thanks God regarding them.

Phrases:

And so we too constantly thank God –

  • This is the second time Paul mentions his thankfulness to God for the believing Thessalonians.
  • The first time Paul was thankful for their work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (chapter 1 v 2-3)
  • Now he mentions he is constantly thankful for them because of the below reason.

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you share a few examples of people who you are thankful that God is working in their lives?
  • What are some practical ways that we can be reminded to ‘constantly’ be thankful?

that when you received God’s message that you heard from us you accepted it not as a human message, but as it truly is, God’s message-

  • Miraculously, some of the Thessalonians, previously idol worshippers, accepted Paul’s words as the words of God.

A) God

  • Strong’s Definitions: θεός theós,theh’-os; of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially the supreme Divinity.

B) message

  • Strong’s Definitions: λόγος lógos,log’-os; something said.

Below are other passages where a similar miracle happened.

  • The historical account of Paul at Thessalonica.
    Acts 17 
    After they traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
    Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed them from the scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead, saying, “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large group of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.
  • 3000 accepted Peter’s words.
    Acts 2:41 (NET) 41 So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added.
  • Cornelius believes Peter’s words are from God.
    Acts 10:33 (NET) 33 Therefore I sent for you at once, and you were kind enough to come. So now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to say to us.”
  • Gentiles in Perga in Pamphylia believed Paul’s words as the word of the Lord.
    Acts 13:45,48 (NET) 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, and they began to contradict what Paul was saying by reviling him. 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice and praise the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life believed.
  • Peter says Paul’s words are scripture.
    2 Peter 3:15-16 (NET) 15 And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, 16 speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.
  • A Christian believes Scripture is God’s words though they were written by men.
    2 Peter 1:21 (NET) 21 for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Discussion Questions:

  • Explain when you believed the Bible was God’s Word?
  • Explain what made you believe it was true?
  • Can you name ‘professing christians’ who do not believe parts of the Bible?

which is at work among you who believe-

A) Work

  • Strong’s Definitions: ἐνεργέω; energéō, en-erg-eh’-o; to be active, efficient.
    The English derivative is the word energy.
  • Notice the present tense of the phrase. It does not say the word of God worked, but it says the word of God is at work in the Thessalonian believers.
  • In a true believer, God’s word not only worked in their conversion years ago but continues to work in the life of the believer day by day.

Discussion Question:

  • In what area(s) has God’s words recently worked in your life?
  • What do you think happened to others who seem no longer effected or interested in God’s words?
  • We only see what is going on from the outside with others who seem backslidden, can you give an example of someone who seemed like God’s word had no effect, but later came back to the Lord and professed God was working in them the whole time?

Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.


Do you Believe the Bible is God’s Word?

Bob,

Be thankful for the miracle of believing the Bible is My Word.  Praise Me for what I am doing through My Word in the lives of those in your church. Glorify Me for sustaining the trust in My written words within your family members and friends. Don’t take for granted the miracle of others believing the Bible as My words in your culture which is declining rapidly.

Continue to trust all of My Words. Don’t throw out Paul’s teachings as some do. Don’t redact the miracles of My Son in the Gospels like Jefferson’s Bible. Don’t reject James because you think it contradicts Paul. Believe all My Words.  Work in studying them, and don’t cut them out because you can’t figure them out.

My work in you was not a one time event years in the past, but My words continue to work in you to mature you day by day. Pray for those who profess Me, but seem to deny Me with their behavior. Pray for their regeneration – possibly they have not a living faith. Pray for their repentance – possibly they are born again but are babes in Christ.


Do We Treat Others Like a Father Treats His Own Children? 1 Thessalonians 2 verses 9 through 12

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1 Thessalonians 2:9-12

9 For you recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery: By working night and day so as not to impose a burden on any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
10 You are witnesses, and so is God, as to how holy and righteous and blameless our conduct was toward you who believe.
11 As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children,
12 exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory.
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Context: In the last passage, Paul reminded the Thessalonians that he did not burden them with his Apostleship, instead he loved them as a nursing mother. In this passage he continues to remind them how he did not burden them financially, but loved them as a father loves his own children.

For you recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery: By working night and day so as not to impose a burden on any of you –

  • Meaning Paul, Silas, Timothy, and possibly Luke labored extremely hard for about a month (Acts 17) to provide for themselves so they were not financially dependent upon the Thessalonians.

Discussion Question:

  • How do you think the Thessalonians felt about the Apostles’ message knowing they were not asking for any money from them?

we preached to you the gospel of God –

  • Meaning not only did they provide for themselves, but they also told them the gospel throughout the week and at the synagogue meetings on the sabbaths (Acts 17).

You are witnesses, and so is God, as to how holy and righteous and blameless our conduct was toward you who believe-

  • Meaning the Apostles lived upright lives among them as an example before them. Also they did nothing to take advantage of the believers.

Discussion Question:

  • How does the way we live effect our gospel message presentation?

As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children-

  • The last passage mentioned his love for them like that of a nursing mother, but here his love for them is like a Father for his own children.

exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God –

  • Paul lists three ways his fatherly love was expressed toward them:

A) exhorting-

  • παρακαλέω, parakaleō, to call for, invite to come, send for.

B) encouraging-

  • παραμυθέομαι, paramytheomai, to exercise a gentle influence by words; to soothe, comfort, console.

C) insisting –

  • μαρτυρόμενοι, marturomai, mar-too’-rom-ahee. I call to witness, testify, solemnly charge.

D) worthy

  • ἀξίως axíōs, ax-ee’-oce; appropriately.

Paul called them to his side to follow his example, he used gentle words to comfort them, he confronted them directly and clearly to live their lives appropriately for God in the same way that he demonstrated by living holy, righteous, and blamelessly among them.

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you name a spiritual Father in your life? How did he call you to his side, comfort you, and charge you to live appropriately for God?
  • Who have you spiritually challenged in a Fatherly way?

who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory-

A)  glory-

  • A Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature by Walter Bower,
  • 1. Brightness, splendor, radiance. The state of being in the next life is thus described as participation in the radiance or glory.
  • 2. Magnificence, splendor, anything that catches the eye.
  • 3. Fame, renown, honor.

Meaning, although Paul preached the gospel, it is God who calls them to His own kingdom and to His own glory.

Discussion Question:

  • Explain how you feel when contemplating this phrase, who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory?

Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.


Do We Treat Others Like a Father Treats His Own Children?

Bob,

When you teach the Gospel of My Son to others, be sure that they know you don’t want anything from them in exchange.  Make sure that they know your only motive is the salvation of their souls through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

Also, when you teach My gospel, your walk had better match your talk.  Live holy, righteous, and blameless.

Be grateful for those men who walked the talk, and be grateful for men who led you by example, comforted you, and challenged you to walk uprightly.  Be that man for a younger brother.

I am calling you into My kingdom and into My glory.  Live worthily!  You are a citizen of My Kingdom.  You will be in awe when you see My radiance, splendor, and majesty – though present now dimly, it will be so bright on that Day.

 

Do You Love Others Like a Nursing Mother? 1 Thessalonians Chapter 2 verses 5 through 8

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1 Thessalonians 2:5-8

5 For we never appeared with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed – God is our witness –
6 nor to seek glory from people, either from you or from others,
7 although we could have imposed our weight as apostles of Christ; instead we became little children among you. Like a nursing mother caring for her own children,
8 with such affection for you we were happy to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

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Phrases:

Context:

In the previous passage, Paul spoke of his courage in God to declare the gospel to the Thessalonians and of his motive to please God and not men. In this passage, he further describes his pure and humble motive and manner among them.

For we never appeared with flattering speech, as you know –

  • Webster defines flattery as praise that is not sincere.
  • Romans 16:18 (NET)
    18 For these are the kind who do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By their smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of the naive.

Discussion Questions:

  • What should come to our mind when someone is using flattering speech?
  • Can you give an example where someone is using flattering speech to sell you something or convince you of something?

nor with a pretext for greed – God is our witness –

  • Meaning Paul’s conscience before God was clear because he was not teaching them with the motive to get their possessions.
  • 2 Corinthians 2:17 (NET)
    17 For we are not like so many others, hucksters who peddle the word of God for profit, but we are speaking in Christ before God as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God.
  • 1 Peter 5:2 (NET)
    2 Give a shepherd’s care to God’s flock among you, exercising oversight not merely as a duty but willingly under God’s direction, not for shameful profit but eagerly.

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you give examples in modern Christianity of those who preach to obtain a lot of  money?
  • Should pastors and evangelists ask for money?  Explain.
  • Should we provide for pastors and evangelists?

nor to seek glory from people, either from you or from others –

  • Meaning Paul’s motive in teaching them was not to receive praise and great honor from men. This idea was also implied in v. 2:4.

although we could have imposed our weight as apostles of Christ –

  • Some Greek texts include this phrase and others do not.
  • As an apostle, Paul could’ve burdened them by requiring money and glory as mentioned above. As Jesus’ sent-one, He deserved as much.

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you think of a example of a church leader appearing to desire too much praise and honor from men?
  • When do service toward God, do you sometimes feel a desire to be recognized and lifted up by men?

instead-

  • This word contrasts what Paul could have expected from them. Instead he appeared humble before them.

we became little children among you –

  • Again, Greek texts differ on the inclusion of this phrase.
  • Paul uses the phrase, little children, to show how humbly he came to them – children having the lowest demands for respect in society.

Like a nursing mother caring for her own children, with such affection for you –

  • Paul uses a second image of his humbleness. Instead of the image of a dignitary, he instead chooses the image of an affectionate nursing mother feeding her own children.

Discussion Questions:

  • What adjectives come to your mind when you think of a nursing mother ?
  • John Gill says ….and so designs a nursing mother, one whose the children are, has bore them as well as nurses them, and therefore has the most tender concern for them; she lays them in her bosom, and hugs them in her arms, and so warms and cherishes them; gives them the breast, bears with their frowardness, condescends to do the meanest things for them; and that without any self-interest, from a pure parental affection for them: and such were the apostles to these Thessalonians; they were their spiritual parents, of whom they travailed in birth, till Christ was formed in them; they used them with the greatest kindness and tenderness; they fed them with the sincere milk of the word; they bore patiently all the slighting and ill treatment they met with; and condescended to men of low estates, and did them all the good offices they could, without any selfish views or sinister ends…
  • Can you think of church leaders who act this way toward their flock?
  • Can you think of people throughout your day in which you can treat with this type of attitude?

we were happy to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives-

A) share

  • Strong’s Definitions: μεταδίδωμι; metadídōmi, met-ad-id’-o-mee; to give over, i.e. share.

B) gospel

  • Strong’s Definitions: εὐαγγέλιον; euangélion, yoo-ang-ghel’-ee-on; a good message, i.e. the gospel.

C) lives

  • ψυχή psychḗ,psoo-khay’
  • Walter Bauer’s Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 2nd ed, p 893:
  • The word means “Soul, life, it is often impossible to draw hard and fast lines between the meanings of this many-sided word.”
  • i. Of life on earth and its external physical aspects.
  • ii. The soul as seat in the center of the inner life of man and it’s many and varied aspects.
  • iii. This sole as seat and center of life that transcends the earthly….
  • Other English translations translate the word has follows:
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (KJV) So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (ESV) So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
  • The sense of the word seems to mean that Paul was willing to invest great energy into this people. He desired to pour his life into them like a mother into her child.
  • The word could even mean that Paul was willing to die for them.

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you name some examples of Christian leaders who have poured their life into others?
  • Can you think of opportunities in your life where you can invest energy to teach or serve others within or outside of your family?

because you had become dear to us-

A) had become

  • Though others can become dear to us fairly quickly, it usually takes time being with them before they become dear to us.

B) dear

  • Strong’s Definitions: ἀγαπητός; agapētós, ag-ap-ay-tos’; beloved.

Discussion Question:

  • Can you share names of Christian brothers and sisters who have become dear to you?

Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
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Do you love others like a nursing mother?

Bob,

My message is not flattering.  Mankind has sinned against Me, they are headed for the judgement!  Tell others the danger they are in.  Do not speak with flattering language making them feel good about their sinful condition.  But speak the truth with humility and love.

Serve others with a pure heart.  Do not serve with the motive of money or recognition.  Don’t miss out on My reward to receive a reward from men.

Again, be humble in reaching out to others with My message of reconciliation.  Reach out to them as a friend.  Serve them with care as a nursing mother.

Invest your life, soul, and energy into others by serving them and by telling them the message of forgiveness of sins through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ.