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When God Builds a Church (1 of 12)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 1
Pastor Jeff Schreve
1st Thessalonians 1:1-3
Paul said, "I'm a Roman and you beat me without a trial." And people got afraid because you were not supposed to do that. And they're like, "Well, we didn't know you were a Roman. I wish you had told us you were Roman. But why don't you leave now? Just get out of the city. We don't want you to get us in trouble with Rome." And so they kind of left Philippi under some duress, and the people didn't want them there anymore. And so they went from Philippi to Thessalonica. And that's when God built a church. If you have your Bible, please turn to 1st Thessalonians chapter 1. We're starting a new series tonight titled, "Living Ready." It is how to be prepared for the Lord's return. We're going to study 1st Thessalonians and 2nd Thessalonians. Those books have lots to say about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Now Paul founded the church at Thessalonica, which is a big city. It was a city of about 200,000 people. It was a very strategic city. It was a very important city. It was a port city in Macedonia, which is in modern-day Greece. And it was important for trade routes, and it was also important as a port city for bringing in goods and those kinds of things. And Paul went there on his second missionary journey. And he wasn't there very long, but he founded this church, and Paul loved the church at Thessalonica. We got through studying in the book of Galatians and how Paul wrote, and that was to some churches in that region. And Paul didn't say a lot of good things about them. He said, "I am distressed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you for another gospel." He was upset with the churches in the Galatian region, but he just praised the church at Thessalonica. He said, "You're my joy. You're my crown in the Lord." And it was interesting because he wasn't there very long. Now, in a short period of time, he made lasting friendships with pe ...
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