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I THESSALONIANS 1
Why don't you take your Bibles and turn to I Thessalonians chapter 1 I've got to tell you that the last time we came together I shared with you out of this passage. This week I really felt inclined to do even more study in the book of I Thessalonians and II Thessalonians. I've got to tell you I did some additional research in the book of Acts about how the church got started. Did you know Paul was only there for less than a month and God birthed a great church. He would go to the place where the Jews met there in the synagogue and he argued that Christ the Messiah had to be crucified and be buried and be raised from the dead again. He did that for three straight weeks and God birthed a church there in Thessolonica. In that Grecian church God did some great work and many people began to follow Christ. Not a small crowd the scripture says. In fact, many prominent women in the community as well as a large number of prominent Greeks began to pull out of the synagogue and they became the body of Christ there. However, the Jews got really chapped at what was happening, and they literally began to incite a riot. They went looking for Paul. They didn't find him. They found where he was staying in a house, a man by the name of Jason was allowing him to stay there. Paul wasn't there when they came to get him to hurt him, and instead they arrested Jason and a couple of other people because they had just allowed them to stay in their home. In fact, they arrested them, put them in jail and caused them to have to pay a bond before they would let them out. In fact, the church there in that city took Paul and said, "You need to get out of town. We need to protect you because your life is in jeopardy." A lot of Paul's missionary journeys came as a result of being on the run. Some of his mission steps came out of self defense. You know God can do some wonderful things even out of bad situati ...
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