Notes & Details
Planted in Affliction – Encouragement from a Young Church
Sunday, March 27, 2022
1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11
Cody John Simpson
- The Thessalonians were under heavy persecution and they too needed to have something to hope for in the face of their seemingly insurmountable trouble in the world.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Paul begins by comforting this church b/c some members have died and people in the church have not fully embraced the hope in Jesus’ return in their heart. So Paul reminds them of what Christians have hope in.
- This is the magnificent truth that all of scripture looks forward to from Genesis to Revelation.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Our experience of this event will be drastically different. A “thief in the night” for unbelievers, but not unexpectedly for believers. We are waiting and we should be ready
- Furthermore, we already take part in the new life in Christ, which is a foretaste of the heavenly kingdom that Jesus will bring in Hebrews 6:5 (we are of the day) therefore we will live in a way that is characteristic of this truth. It stems from our faith and hope.
- Paul encourages them (and us) to live out the reality of our identity, as people given the living of hope of the kingdom of God.
- Everyone can have this hope through faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Are you living with hope everyday that what you do matters in the eyes of God? How are you sharing this truth with others?