This is the first in our summer sermon series on 1 Thessalonians – a letter written to a group of people reminding them that they are “called out from.” That’s what “church” means. It’s not a building or an institution but a group of people called out. What are they (and we) called out from and to? They, and we, are called out from death, in God the Father (carrying God’s character and quality), through the Lord Jesus Christ, in grace and peace, meaning that Jesus will supply everything that we need to do what we are “called out” to do. Paul’s greeting in 1 Thessalonians also includes a remembrance of “your work of faith, labor of love, steadfastness of hope.” We talk about faith, hope, and love a lot in the church without unpacking what they actually mean, so they’ve become somewhat meaningless, but the whole letter of 1 Thessalonians describes what these things mean. Everything that will come is either an example of a demonstration of faith, hope, and love or a reminder that everything that the “called out ones” are to do should be a demonstration of faith, hope, and love. We serve a savior who showed us exactly what faith, hope, and love are, so our faith, hope, and love demonstrates the goodness of Jesus, the King. Are we demonstrating faith, hope, and love; are we demonstrating Christ in such a way that everyone around us takes notice? What are you going to do this week? Will your life be a demonstration of the works of faith, the labor of love, and the steadfastness of hope?
- 1 Thessalonians 1:1 - 10