2 Thessalonians 1
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure,
As we read the epistle to the church of the Thessalonians we learn that the people there fully received Paul’s messages as the very word of God and in doing so saw their lives changed. They turned from worshipping idols to worshipping the true and living God and came to know the fullness of His salvation. So blessed was Paul by their complete turning to Christ that he told them that they were his particular joy and crown of rejoicing both now and in the presence of Christ.
So when I continued on into the second epistle to this thriving church I again see Paul rejoicing in the continued work of God amongst them. Paul rejoiced to see their faith grow exceedingly and their love toward one another abounding. Whenever ministers of the Gospel see people saved and watch those people grow in their faith and in their love the minister rejoices. As ministers, we labor in the Word and long to see the Word take effect in the lives of our church members. We long to see more than attendees as we deeply desire the maturing of the Word leading to increases in faith and love.
Which leads me to ask you a question today: Are you growing in faith toward God and in love toward one another? Do those around you see your growth? Perhaps you could ask someone who knows you if they see growth in your faith and love. A growing child is a healthy child and a growing Christian is a healthy Christian. As I look at Grace for Life Bible Church I see some who cause great rejoicing to me and others whom I long to see them growing in faith and love. I do pray for our church to be growing in the Lord Jesus. Whenever you come to church, come with an expectation of growth. Look for the lessons that God has for you in every lesson, every sermon, and every song. God wants us to grow and attendance by itself is not growth. Are you growing in faith and love?
Sunday morning is going to be our Christmas program. Yes, it will be cold but we will be inside. Those going to the Bears vs Packers game will outnumber all church attendance and are sitting outside for twice as long as church. Don’t use the cold as an excuse to stay home. We are going to have wonderful time in the house of the Lord Sunday morning. Pray for some parents who though unsaved are planning to come and see their children in the program.
I drove to the Ohio-Pennsylvania border yesterday to bring my parents’ home. Dawn brought them across Philadelphia so we met half way. While driving out I-80 came to a complete stop for three hours. A serious accident blocked both lanes. Though the accident caused thousands of us delays we all went home. When I saw the wrecked semi I had to conclude that someone was not going to make it home that night. We got home safely around 11:30 and slept well. Ever be thankful for safety on the roads. Not every one makes it home.
Have a great day in the Lord,