Excel Still MoreJuly 8, 2013
Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10
Church is God’s idea. It’s a powerful network, and the superglue that holds it together is love. God valued and loved the world so much that He died for ungrateful men and women. The mission on our lives is to take the message of Jesus to our generation in an atmosphere saturated with love.
Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father. 1 Thessalonians 1:3
The books of Thessalonians present an amazing snapshot of church and a model atmosphere of how God wants us to connect. When you read them, you see a fresh young church full of zeal and vibrancy in the midst of great opposition. You find a group of people turned from idolatry into fruitfulness and significance.
For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. 1 Thessalonians 1:8
These people were courageous, they were thinkers and givers. They were catalytic, and that’s what God wants church to be – a healthy home base, with green pastures and quiet waters (Psalm 23). He wants it to be a launching environment that gives us strength for our potential and courage to walk with God through the course of our lives.
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