Umpqua Connect

Faith, Love, and Hope

January 26, 2021 Lonnie Wibberding
Umpqua Connect
Faith, Love, and Hope
Chapters
Umpqua Connect
Faith, Love, and Hope
Jan 26, 2021
Lonnie Wibberding

A short devotional on 1 Thessalonians 1:2,3. Want to talk? Send an email to [email protected]

Show Notes Transcript

A short devotional on 1 Thessalonians 1:2,3. Want to talk? Send an email to [email protected]

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Tuesday, January 26, 2021

How long does it take to start a church? Some church planting experts would say it takes a couple years to create a healthy, sustainable church.

But when the Holy Spirit moves people, the Spirit doesn't always follow the rules. How about four weeks?

Paul is traveling around his world preaching about Jesus, and how Jesus fulfills the prophecies in the Old Testament about the Messiah. He travels to Thessalonica and begins preaching. Acts 17 says he preaches three Sabbaths in the Jewish synagogue until He is run out of town by angry people who don't agree with him. Tough crowd.

And he leaves a group of believers behind, a church after only spending about four weeks with them.

He worries about these new believers, -- and prays for them. Finally we know from 1 Thessalonians 3 he sends Timothy back to check on them. Timothy brings back a great report. The little church is doing well despite the short time they received teaching about Jesus.

So Paul writes to them a letter. We have that letter. It's called 1 Thessalonains.

Paul starts it off with this greeting.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 says:

2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The little church was busy making the world a better place and sharing the Good News about Jesus. And catch the three things that kept them going. Faith, which drove them on to good works. They had love, which prompted them to labor and share Jesus. And hope, which kept them keeping on, knowing they had a future.

Faith, love, and hope became the foundation of a church planted in four weeks. It was enough to make them successful.

Perhaps we make it too complicated sometimes. That little Thessalonian church didn't have time to learn deep theology. But they did know the most important things.

2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow