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Worship Guide for August 30

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 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5

17 But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, 18 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 20 For you are our glory and joy. 3 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know. For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain.

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Summary: Can you not hear Paul’s longing for these dear friends and fellow saints?  2.17-18But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again. Paul expresses his deep love and desire for this newly planted church who had come under swift and severe persecution to remain faithful. In our passage you see right and godly affections for the church.This longing for their spiritual health manifests itself in a willingness to labor for their good and growth in faith. This great apostle and missionary team are willing to face great costs to see that they are established and encouraged in the faith. This is a glorious benefit in being an integral part of a local church where people are longing for your growth and perseverance in the faith, especially in times of trial and struggle.

Review and Apply:

How does Paul express his longing for the fellowship of the saints? To what degree can you say you feel the same?  Why or why not?

What do you learn re: Satan's influence in gospel ministry?  What does it say and NOT say?

What level of true Christian fellowship do you experience at CCC?  What is personally hindering you from deepening your fellowship with other believers at church?  In what ways can you seek to improve it?

How am I currently laboring to establish another person in the faith?

How does this passage re-shape your understanding of the Christian life?

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