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The Dream Church of Every Pastor
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
I Thessalonians 1:1
Now as you’re finding the book of 1st Thessalonians, let me remind you that the church there was started by Paul during his second missionary journey. And don’t think it took him a long time to establish a church there. His was a brief stay: Acts 17.2, ‘‘Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the scriptures.’’
Only three Sabbaths! Now apparently, Paul was there longer than three weeks. 1 Thess 2.9, ‘‘For you remember brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.’’
Paul was there long enough to practice his trade of tent making. We also know that he was there long enough to receive a couple of mission offerings from the church at Philippi: Philippians 4.16, ‘‘For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.’’
So .. his was a brief stay, but it was also a beneficial stay. Acts 17.4, ‘‘And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.’’
So how long he remained in Thessalonica we’re not told .. but he was there long enough to see the church thrive! And what a church it became! It thrilled Paul to know that they had become a Bible believing-soul winning .. need meeting .. people reaching .. people loving church! And the Spirit of God led him to write this letter of encouragement. And of course .. it’s this letter of encouragement we’re looking at on these Wednesday nights.
We’re going to begin reading in Chapter 1.1 as we read through this first chapter. And we’re going to discover what every church ought to be! The dream of every Bible believing Pastor is shepherd a church like the one at Thessalonica.
I can imagine when word spread that Pastor Paul and Associate Pastor Silas had left for Berea, that area Pastors b ...
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