Worship Guide for August 23
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1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last!
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Summary: After challenging the false accusations of the opponents of the gospel, Paul returns to giving thanks to God for this newly planted and growing church. While this passage is brief, it is highly instructive to the observant. He thanks God that this church received the words of the gospel not as from men but as from God. In other words, they heard the words of the gospel in faith, or trusted that it was God who was speaking to them about his redemptive love and plan for delivering men and women from sin and death through his Son. Accepting this word in faith causes the word to work in us, both in creating new life and in changing us into his image. These changes worked in us through his word will often bring a measure of opposition from the culture. This ought not to dismay us but it links us with all of God's people who have suffered for Jesus through the ages. So that we are not overrun with the injustice of it, God promises, he will deal with those who oppose his word from going out.
Review and Apply
How do you approach hearing the word of God in preaching, Bible reading, or teaching?
What needs to change in your life to better receive and accept it as from God?
If the bible is God's word, why do you struggle with reading and enjoying it?
How does the word work in your life? Give examples.
How can you better share the word of god with others that it might do a work in their lives as well?
How does this passage instruct our view of suffering? What changes did it make in your view?
How does God's promise to make all things right, even the suffering we may face help you endure in the face of opposition?