The Inside Column 02/06

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Welcome to the combined celebration service this morning. It is good for the whole body to come together and have communion together, please do stay for the special morning tea after the service.

Today we start a new teaching series from 1 Thessalonians. Thessalonica was a bustling seaport city at the head of the Thermaic Gulf. It was an important communication and trade centre, located at the junction of the great Egnatian Way and the road leading north to the Danube. It was the largest city in Macedonia and was also the capital of its province.

The background of the Thessalonian church is found in Acts 17:1 – 9. Since Paul began his ministry there in the Jewish synagogue, it is reasonable to assume that the new church included some Jews. However, Acts 1:9–10 and Acts 17:4 seem to indicate that the church was largely Gentile in membership.

Purpose – Paul had left Thessalonica abruptly (see Acts 17:5–10) after a rather brief stay. Recent converts from paganism were thus left with little external support in the midst of persecution. Paul’s purpose in writing this letter was to encourage the new converts in their trials, to give instruction   concerning godly living and to give assurance concerning the future of believers who die before Christ returns.

Theme – Although the thrust of the letter is varied, the subject of eschatology (doctrine of last things) seems to be predominant in both Thessalonian letters. Every chapter of 1 Thessalonians ends with a reference to the second coming of Christ. The second coming seems to permeate the letter and may be viewed in some sense as its theme.

Today’s key passage:

For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you,  because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.                – 1 Thessalonians 1: 4,5

 

Coming up – Whanake Youth has its first ever Quiz Night 6.30pm – 9.30pm on Monday 10 June at Speights Ale House. They are keen as to have as many people there, not only to have a fantastic time but to help financially in the work that Whanake Youth does. Tickets are only $10.

For more information and tickets see Lee – ann O’Brien or email: hello@whanakeyouth.org.nz

 

Yours in Christ

 

 

Phil

 

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