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August 27, 2023

Perfecting What is Lacking (1 Thessalonians 3)

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 3
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In this study, we dive deep into the scriptures, specifically 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5. Join us as we explore the message of faith, endurance, and the challenges of ministry.  Presented by Pastor Allen Victor, Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville, Florida

In the opening verses of 1 Thessalonians 3, we find Apostle Paul facing the need to leave in haste due to persecution. This situation forces us to contemplate the struggles that ministers of the Gospel endure and the profound care Paul had for the Thessalonian believers, even at his own discomfort. This predicament leads us to reflect on how ministry can be demanding, often requiring selflessness and sacrifice. Pastor Allen highlights the issue of discouragement in ministry and how caring for others can be a challenging but essential aspect of it.

Timothy, described as a son, brother, minister of God, and fellow laborer, underlines the qualities required for effective ministry. Timothy represents teachability, dependability, humility, and flexibility, traits that all ministers should strive to embody. In ministry, these qualities are invaluable for strengthening the faith of others, especially in the face of afflictions.

The teaching delves into the concept of affliction, emphasizing that afflictions can either draw us closer to God or drive us away from Him. This prompts us to question how many would willingly choose the path of ministry if they were guaranteed affliction and tribulation. Drawing parallels to the Sower and the Seed parable in Matthew 13:3-9, we consider how different types of soil can affect our faith, emphasizing the importance of having the right concept of God to prevent the loss of faith in times of adversity.

Moving on to verse 5, we encounter "the tempter," Satan, who is a very real spiritual adversary. Many Christians underestimate the existence of Satan, but it's essential to recognize his influence and tactics, as Paul did. Satan's ability to create doubt about his existence allows him to work more effectively in various areas, such as sowing discord in ministry, causing division in marriages, and polarizing politics. In recognizing this, we can better understand the battles we face and focus on fighting the true enemy rather than among ourselves.

1 Thessalonians 3:6-8 reveals that despite facing affliction, the Thessalonian believers' faith remained strong. This prompts us to explore why some believers lose faith when they encounter difficulties. We find that misconceptions about God can lead to faltering faith. To avoid this, we must ensure our faith is based on truth.

As we move forward to 1 Thessalonians 3:9-10, we're reminded that everyone has areas in their faith that need growth. Just as a wheel's completeness leads to a smoother journey, complete faith enhances our spiritual journey. Referencing 2 Peter 1:5-9, we learn that we can identify and improve these areas through diligence, adding virtues, and increasing our knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.

In the closing verses, 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13, we find a prayer for the Thessalonian believers. It's a prayer that God and Jesus Christ direct their way, increase their love for one another, and establish their hearts as blameless in holiness. This serves as a beautiful conclusion, reminding us of the importance of prayer and the ultimate goal of living blamelessly in anticipation of Jesus' return.

We encourage you to reflect on these teachings, identify areas of growth in your faith, and join us in prayer for God to direct our way, increase our love, and make us blameless as we await the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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