The Story of a 21 Day Church
The church at Thessalonica was a model church, obedient in many ways. They are a great example to us of what should happen if we really pursue and achieve “Victory in Jesus”. This series will bring out issues such as: victory over persecution, victory over sexual defilement, victory in brotherly love, victory over hopelessness, and victory as we await the Second Coming. The final message is the Sunday before Thanksgiving based on one of Paul’s final messages to the Thessalonian church: “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus for you” (5:18)
September 2 How The Story Began
The Apostle Paul reasoned with the people of Thessalonica to consider the compelling evidence for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many were persuaded, but many opposed his message. And the amazing story of the Thessalonian church begins!
September 9 Who Are The Church?
The Thessalonian church was known for their “work produced by faith, [their] labor prompted by love, and [their] endurance inspired by hope in [the]Lord Jesus Christ”. The same God who moved them to receive His message was causing them to grow in their faith and reputation. What made them such a church?
September 16 Church Impact
As the Thessalonian believers became imitators of Paul and of the Lord Jesus Christ, they became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The “word of the Lord sounded forth from [them]”. What qualities can we imitate that characterized the Thessalonian church?
September 23 Church Nurture
21st century church leaders can learn much from the Apostle Paul. He presented himself as a “nursing mother who tenderly [cared] for her children…exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of them as a father would his own children”. He invested in their lives so that they may “walk in a manner worthy of the God who called [them] into His own glory and kingdom”.
September 30 Church v Satan
There is a personage behind attacks on the church. He opposed the church of the Thessalonians through their very own countrymen. He hindered Paul from coming to Thessalonica more than once. He continues to attack the church today. How can the church resist him?
October 7 Encouragement
When the Thessalonian church was going through tough times, the apostle Paul wrote them a message of strength and encouragement. May we find, at our point of need, that the God of all comfort understands and sends help. In moments of dark despair, God sends messengers of encouragement in the form of a friend, a radio broadcast, even the words of a child.
October 14 Disqualified to Serve
Our tenure in God’s service depends on our willingness to cooperate with the God who has positioned us in places of ministry. To reject God’s standard of sexual purity is to reject God who gives His Holy Spirit for our sanctification.
October 21 Church Camaraderie
Team players enjoy camaraderie as everyone does their part and promotes the unity of the team. What is true for sports teams is true of the church. As we love each other, lead quiet lives and work with our hands, we open up our fellowship to outsiders who, as they observe our godly behavior, will want to be part of something bigger than themselves–the kingdom of God!
October 28 End of the Story
When one comes to the end of an epic, there is end to conflict as all the mounting drama brings us to the climax where the hero wins and his followers celebrate. At the end of the story, the trials of the church come to the climax as the hero emerges from the conflict–Jesus Christ the Victor. He comes to claim His loyal followers who have fought the good fight in His strength. Hallelujah!
November 4 Signs of the End
Before the outpouring of the wrath of God as He judges sin once and for all, the foolish will declare, “Peace and safety!” Then the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. No one who has rejected Christ will be able to escape judgment. The admonition to Christ’s followers is to stand strong. May He who comes find us faithful!
November 11 The 21 Day Church and the 21st Century
The story of the Thessalonian church is our story. Paul’s message to them is God’s message to us today: “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).