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We rarely write letters these days. We’re too impatient for that. Today, we Facetime, email, or text, and expect an immediate reply. In 51 AD, there was no Facetime, email, or text. Only letters, and letters precious to those who received them.
The Apostle Paul spent a short time in the city of Thessalonica, sharing the gospel and talking about Jesus. Many quickly believed. But Paul’s life was threatened, and he was forced to flee the city. In the weeks ahead, he was worried about them. Were they safe? Did the gospel take root? So Paul wrote a letter, a letter with a sense of urgency. “We urge you in the Lord Jesus, to walk and please God, and to do so more and more” (1 Thessalonians 4:1). He urged them to “stand firm,” to “walk in a manner worthy of God,” and to “excel still more.” And Paul prayed for them, that they would persevere and be “without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

“Our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul reminded that they belonged to Jesus. That He was their wonderful Savior and Lord. That they were “Jesus people.” And that’s who we are too. We are “Jesus people.” Christians. Christ followers. Saved by His grace. Humbled by His sacrifice. Submitted to His Lordship. So, this letter is for us as well. Urging us to live for Jesus, while we wait for the day when we will see Him face to face.

“We urge you in the Lord Jesus, to walk and please God, and to do so more and more” (1 Thessalonians 4:1). That’s the challenge for Jesus people from Thessalonica to Austin.
September 10 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 - Jesus People READ WATCH
September 24 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 - In A Manner Worthy READ WATCH
October 8 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20 - The Bond We Share READ WATCH
October 15 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13 - A Plea and A Warning READ WATCH
October 22 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 - Lacking
November 5 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Rapture
November 12 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 - Ready
November 19 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 - Waiting

Other Messages

August 6 Deuteronomy 6 - For the Children's Sake READ WATCH
September 3 On Mission - Mission Fair WATCH
September 17 Everyday Gospel - Guest Speaker J.Huffman WATCH
October 1 Be The Church - Guest Speaker Jesse Reeves WATCH

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