A godly desire for greater love and holiness in the church

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1 Thessalonians 3:11–13

11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you,

12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,

13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

As Paul expressed his desire for God to direct his way to his beloved friends in the faith, in the same sentence he lets them know of his godly desires for them.  We might call this a “run on sentence.” But Paul used grammar to explain himself, just like we do.  Trusting God to bring him to Thessalonica was just as important as trusting God to make them increase and abound in love for one another and for God to establish their hearts blameless before God at His coming.  This was no quantum leap for Paul’s grammar but a parallel thought of equal importance. 

Paul spent a lot of time telling them how badly he wanted to come see them.  He also wanted them to increase in love for another.

When a church family has genuine godly love for one another, what is different?   I think that genuine love will lead us to genuine holy living toward one another.  For the more I love you the better I will take care of you and the more I will want to be with you.  Our hearts will be established together in love an in holiness as we prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus, the original “lover of our souls.” 

Pray with me today for more love for one another in our church.  Then pray that we will practice a greater holiness toward one another.  What a church we could have as we display the Lord Jesus in us and through us so that all will know the difference the Savior makes.

We only have two more nights of our 2017 fall revival.  Each night has had its own unique flavor and application of the Scriptures to our lives and to our church.  Last night dealt with our behavior in Christ toward our employer.  Wow, was that ever challenging!  Because of Christ in us we are to do our jobs as unto Him first.  When we do this at work we adorn the gospel with beauty to all of those around us.  Thanks Brent for this great instruction from Titus 2.

 

Because of all of the great fellowship throughout this week, we will not be having dinner together at church this Sunday.  So do not bring a dish to share as it won’t be enough to go around.  Men, since we are in at First Baptist of Big Rock on Friday night we are not going to meet for our monthly breakfast this Saturday morning. 

 

This Sunday I am starting a series on the Five Solas of justification.  On this the 500th anniversary of the Reformation we need to look at the emphasis of Martin Luther and how his work on justification by faith alone through grace alone, in Christ alone, through the word of God alone, to the glory of God alone has shaped the church for the last 500 years. 

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

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